Thursday, November 6, 2014

YA Review: Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, 2) by Sarah J. Maas, August 27, 2013. 420 pages. Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's . Source: Library.
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
First Sentence:
The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.


I have been trying to find the words for this review for days and days. So long in fact that I was starting to wonder if this review would ever be more than a blank screen.

I'm not even sure where to start when it comes to Sarah J. Maas' Crown of Midnight and the happenings in the second installment of her incredible Throne of Glass series. Let's just say that I don't know how I'll survive until I'm able to read Heir of Fire and see what will happen to the characters next. This is just one of those series were I need more...and more...right this moment.

Crown of Midnight was such a great follow-up and continuation of Celaena's story; as well as that of Chaol and Dorian. With everyone raving about how the series gets better with each book, I was nervous because sometimes that second book is more bridging filler than actual progression within the story-line. Thankfully, this book was anything but filler. I loved seeing the progression of the relationships between the characters and how complex things were becoming with the interactions with not just each other, but within the world itself.
     
This book, no, this series just makes me want to flail around with it's awesomeness! Why, because these books have some of the things I love best in fantasy books-a well built can world, characters that are interesting and surprise you at every turn, and a story line that moves well and progresses quite well.
    One of the things I loved about Crown of Midnight was that this book took you deeper inside the characters' heads and you got to see more of what makes them tick. I really enjoyed seeing the changes that were sowed in the first book take root in them in the second one. I really think Sarah J. Maas did a great job handling her characters from one book to the next, and with keeping their individual stories progressing from one moment to the next.

In the end, Crown of Midnight has to be one of the best fantasy sequels I've read in quite some time. From the writing and overall story is what makes this such a great read. So, if like me, and you are incredibly behind the times on reading Sarah J. Maas' wonderful Throne of Glass series, I highly recommend that you remedy this immediately! Odds are you will not be disappointed in the fast paced, addictive series.

Final Verdict: Crown of Midnight- Thrilling and heartbreaking, this book was just incredible!

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