Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series:Throne of Glass #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children
Published: August 27, 2013
Source: Borrowed from library (eBook)
“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.
Wow! What a great book. I couldn’t put it down and it was soooo much better than the first one. It’s been about 2 months since I read Throne of Glass (that’s how long I had to wait to borrow the book!)
The story follows Calaena and her duty to be King’s Champion. It’s been a couple of months since she won that title and she has been dispatching rebels since that time. The threat the King made about hurting the people she cares about keeps her in line. Chaol and Dorian are disgusted by her and her attitude(I wanted to punch them both because after everything they’ve been through you think they would have more trust to see the real Calaena). The King then hands Calaena a name from her past and she must sort through the lies and betrayal to find the truth. All the while her past keeps coming back to haunt her and she has to force it down each time. Then a horrible death and betrayal happens and all hell breaks loose. The monster that she has tried to tame springs into action and has consequences beyond her control.
Calaena was sooo much more of an assassin and a bad-ass heroine than in the first book. She still cared about the pretty dresses and looking good but it didn’t take away from her personality. I did want to punch her in the face for trying to be naive when she doesn’t have the time to be and to realize what has going on around her. We got to see her assassin skills and how she tracks her prey down and it was AWESOME!
Chaol was great and I loved him though he was just as stubborn as Calaena. He made a bad decision and almost paid for it with his life. Dorian on the other hand grew in personality and in person. He has finally gotten away from being the Kings puppet and is thinking for once. He is still scared when he learns of his heritage and his “I’m not going to tell anyone about this” of course goes wrong.
This book should have been the first book in the series. There was so much more action and story building and world building that it made me want to live there besides there being an Evil King and all. I did enjoy the different POVs, Calaena, Chaol and Dorian. It allowed us as readers to get inside their head and understand more. It wasn’t too overwhelming or confusing and I think it made the story go smoother.
Look out for my review of Heir of Fire coming later this week!