Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “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 allegiance – 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.”
Review: I really wanted to like Crown of Midnight more than I had liked Throne of Glass. Indeed, this seemed bound to happen given that Crown of Midnight has an impossibly high rating of 4.5/5 on Goodreads. In the end, however, I found it to be on the exact same level as its predecessor, with little improvement but also little worsening. On a positive note, I felt like Celaena finally proved herself worthy of the title of Adarlan’s Assassin, whereas in Throne of Glass she only proved herself worthy of the title of “girl who likes fancy dresses and attention.” She was certainly more badass and intimidating in this installment, and it was refreshing to feel Maas truly working to show her readers that Celaena deserves her infamous title. The plot was also improved by early resolution of the Dorian/Chaol/Celaena love triangle. I did find myself slightly frustrated with how easily Celaena discovered castle secrets that no one before her had ever found (such as the secret hallway hidden in the castle library). I am also annoyed by the fact that every book jacket synopsis and review refers to Nehemia as Celaena’s best friend. The foundation for their friendship is rocky at best, and the two hardly spend any time with one another. They constantly lie to each other and disagree on fundamental issues, which makes it hard to believe that they would actually be “best” friends. I was also disappointed in the big “twist,” which ended up being easily predictable. I will probably continue on with the Throne of Glass series because it’s a compulsive, easily readable series, but I don’t see myself giving this series a four or five star rating anytime soon.