My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. Please don’t read this review unless you’ve read Throne of Glass because you will be spoiled.
Having won the title of King’s Champion, Celaena must do the King’s bidding or risk the lives of her friends. Despite having trained at the Assassin’s Keep and being called Adarlaine’s Assassin, Celaena is reluctant to kill the King’s enemies and instead comes up with a plan. She spends the majority of the book embroiled in a plot to end the King’s rule, as she tries to obtain information that she can give to the King with the hopes of shortening her contract as his Champion.
This book takes you on a much more emotional journey with romance, betrayal, an unexpected (and brutal) character death, and a big reveal in its final pages. The characters are developed more in this novel and we also learn more about their histories. It was nice to see the development so that the characters felt more like real people with unique events that shaped them as people.
While there is continued mention of places other than Adarlaine, the story does not journey beyond the capital and continue to world-build, yet. The author mainly focuses on weaving in plot points that will later be incredibly important to the story.
Overall, the writing feels a little more mature than her previous book which at times came across as juvenile. The story ends in such a way that you immediately need to read the next book in the series. I would definitely recommend this series to young adult/teen readers who enjoy fantasy books.