Crown of Midnight is a fantastic five star follow up to Throne of glass. (Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)
Title: Crown of Midnight
Release Date: August 27th
[box style="gray rounded" ]After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?[/box]
What I liked:
I found a lot of things to like about Crown of Midnight. I think I highlighted nearly half the book, noting down things I loved or writing that struck me as awesome.
One of the first themes I really enjoyed was seeing how Celaena had to withstand the burden of hiding the fact that she isn’t actually killing her targets and she had to bear the burden of her friends looking disgusted with her, thinking she was killing them. She accepted their judgement and criticism, to protect them while risking her neck to protect the innocent.
I also love the developments between her and Chaol. In Throne of Glass there was a strong hint of romance to come, but in Crown of Midnight we truly get to see how much they have come to mean to each other. He’s her safety. Her person. And he is learning to trust her. My favorite part was about 45% in, when we see just how much she has changed him and his priorities. I think I’d want Chaol for myself if his girlfriend wasn’t a deadly assassin who is as lethal is she is beautiful.
The plot was definitely good. It moved quickly and the foreshadowing especially was expertly done. There were several times where I had an idea of what was coming, but I could never be sure. Crown of Midnight overall didn’t follow a predictable or boring pattern, I was enthralled, frantically reading to see what would happen next.
Crown of Midnight is the type of book I will reread over and over again, because every moment spent reading it was a pleasure.
What I didn’t like:
There really wasn’t anything about the book I didn’t like, honestly. I loved it that much. The only thing I have to complain about is the fact that now I have to wait for book 3. There were some major revelations, especially toward the end, and I’m definitely left wanting more.
If you haven’t read Throne of Glass yet, drop everything and read it, now. That way you can move on to Crown of Midnight because it is one of the new pillars of YA Fantasy, truly a must read. I absolutely believe that fans of my Souls of the Stones series will adore Celaena just as much as they adore Emariya.