Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Magic
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as 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.
To the fans of Throne of Glass, I present to you, the equally exquisite, if not more, book 2 of the Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight.
In all honesty, I would have rated this 4 or 4.5 had it not for that MIND BLOWING ENDING that wrapped the 2nd book of the fantabulous Throne of Glass series with so much passion. This is the kind of ending that had me pondering with so many questions that I badly need answers on the next books.
Why did I almost not rate this 5, you ask? Because Celaena’s wild behavior didn’t get much into my liking unlike in TOG where I found her really kickass and all. Not to mention that I also intercepted my reading progress when Earth’s End came out, which I eventually finished first. lol. Sorry for leaving you behind, Chaol.
BUT let me tell you this — THAT fact didn’t even matter in the end, AT ALL. I mean, who cares if Celaena annoyed me at some point, when the ending redeemed the whole story and made everything a lot sense.
And listen people…
SAVE THOSE TOO MUCH CHAOLAENA MOMENTS TOO!!!
WHERE IS MY CREW? BOARD NOW TO MY SHIP BECAUSE CROWN OF MIDNIGHT IS FOR OUR HEARS! Yes yes, it’s for our kokoro!
I was halfway of the book when I got the feeling of boredom. The only thing that kept me going was CHAOLENA, obviously. Too. Much. Of. Them. But then, Celaena annoyed me at some point because of a certain circumstance that made her brake lose. I understand why she became wild and all, but I don’t know why it still annoyed me. lol
But as I’ve mentioned, everything was saved by the ending. I didn’t quite expect the last few chapters to still give so much thrill, but boy was I wrong. THE LAST FEW CHAPTERS SLAYED! Those chapters were packed with action, with revelations, or at least the biggest revelations so far from the series.
Honestly, I quite saw the last revelation from million miles away since Throne of Glass, but the way it was delivered still made me so surprised. The other turn of events also made a great impact to me, and that was just enough reason for me to give this sequel a slaying 5-stars.
If an ending of a book gave you so much things to think of, and you apparently can’t wait to read the next book, well, it’s a sign that that book was great because it stuck on your nerves. And that, people, was what happened to me right after reading the last word of this book.
Right now, I’m just so excited to savor The Assassin’s Blade next!
PS: Sarah J. Maas is coming to the Philippines for a book signing tour on March 13, 2016, hosted by National Bookstore.
Erika is a freelance content writer and illustrator from the Philippines. Aside from her love of arts and reading, she loves taking photos, coffee, cats, and fairies. She’s into fantasy, historical fiction, and contemporary, and anything young adult genres.