Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 27th, 201e
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series—if you didn’t know that I’m not sure where you’ve been for like the last five years—if you have not read the first book this review will include spoilers. You can read my review of the first book here.
I loved Throne of Glass when I read it this past summer—aka forever ago. But for some reason, I could not pick up Crown of Midnight. I mean, it has literally been on my to-be-read list every month this year. I gave all the excuses, including: it’s going to be good, and then I’m going to want to read the next book, and then the next book, and I don’t have time for that—really, not reading it because it’s going to be too good?
But, I recently forced myself to start it—if just to avoid the shame of putting it on another TBR—and I was right, it is good. Phenomenal actually, so much so that I’m mad at myself for not reading it sooner—but also kind of glad because the series isn’t finished and we’re going to be waiting like forever for the next two books.
Anyway, Crown of Midnight kind of has the makings of a filler book: nothing huge happens plot wise, no real rising or falling action. Mainly, Celaena is navigating her relationships at the castle and uncovering some new and dangerous information—which was hinted at in the first book. Still, while it has all the components of a filler book, it doesn’t feel like one. I was strapped in and along for the ride the whole time, not wanting to get off even if I could. I could literally spend all day with this cast of characters.
I just love Celaena, and she just gets better and better as the story goes on. She has this bold swagger, but is still secretive and vulnerable. Her humor and attitude are so cocky and on point. I just can’t. She makes me smile and chuckle more than I should when reading a book.
I think her morals are really tested in this book. Yes, it’s still about surviving and Celaena will always be deadly, but she starts to question what she would do to ensure her survival, or maybe more importantly the survival of those she cares about. It leads to her making some risky decisions and playing around with what the “right thing” is.
I was a little disappointed with the Celaena and Dorian relationship is in this book, they’re just so estranged. If you remember, at the end of the last book she “breaks-up” with him, saying they can’t be together now that she’s champion. Dorian is a precious snowflake, I just adore him, and while I’m actually fine with them not being together romantically, I want them to be there for each other as friends. Thankfully, that feels like where we’re heading at the end of the book.
But yes, Dorian is as loveable as ever.
Then there’s Chaol. I had mixed feeling about him when reading Throne of Glass, but I really warmed up to him here—he and Celaena become really close. It was nice to get to peak into his head—through the third-person pov changes—and see the internal battle he has going on. Chaol is definitely feeling something for Celaena, but she was with his best friend, and she’s champion, and his duty is to the king and he sees that being challenged by them being involved. He’s a little grumpy and self-sacrificing but somehow it comes off as sweet.
I want to touch base on the world real quick, more specifically the magic. Last book, we didn’t really know anything about it other than magic disappeared away a while ago, then all that crazy stuff happened at the end. Just because all that crazy stuff happened doesn’t mean we know any more about magic here. The whole who, how, what when, where of magic is still pretty unclear besides a few nuggets and the knowledge that something bad and dark is happening—100% most likely because of the King. I’m excited to get a bit more about this, already anticipating the characters interacting with—and possibly using—magic.
Crown of Midnight is fantastic, but at the same time just a stepping stone—barely skimming the surface—into a mysterious and troubled world and series. It’s really what cemented Throne of Glass as a series I want to continue. You can find Crown of Midnight on Amazon and the author at sarahjmaas.com.