Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audio, via Audible
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Continue Reading” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review.
Description (Source: Amazon):
Celaena Sardothien is the king’s Champion-yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.
Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.”
Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. We pick up shortly after the first book in which Celaena wins King’s Champion. Celaena has begun on tasks that the king has given her, although we learn almost immediately that she is failing to assassinate people and is working her own agenda instead. When Celaena is given an assignment to assassinate an old friend her plan must shift dramatically, as she gets dragged into the rebellion.
I actually enjoyed this book more than Throne of Glass (review here).
What I liked:
– I’ll start with the audio performance. Evans also narrated the first book and I think she does a great job. As I said in the TOG review, she has a good range and is able to make the many characters in the books sound distinctive. A couple of the voices can get a little whiny, but i think it’s intentional, as they are not well-liked characters.
– The use of varying POVs again as well. I don’t like being left in the dark of the happenings of other main characters. I appreciate the insight into not only Celaena’s head, but also Chaol, Dorian’s and even the King’s.
– Mort – I really liked him. I know there have been mixed reviews on him and I agree that he should have been introduced in book one, but I’m a sucker for cranky little guys who give protagonists a hard time. His background with magic and explanations to Celaena were an interesting way to explain things throughout the novel. I kind of wish she could have taken the door off and brought him with on her next journey though.
– Dorian’s powers continue to develop and he is beginning to learn what it may mean for him. I’m so happy he is going to still have a major role in the series.
– Nehemia, SPOILER AHEAD, highlight to see it: although it was sad to lose her, I think it was necessary to move the story forward. end spoiler.
– THAT ENDING. There was a really big bomb dropped on who Celaena actually is right at the end. And poor, poor Chaol is left to process alone.
What I didn’t:
– I didn’t love the romance in this book. The back-and-forth seemed so forced and SPOILER AHEAD, highlight to see it: If Chaol was sooooo important to her, why was it so easy to shut him out? end spoiler.
– DAMNIT. I need Chaol to get a happy ending. This poor guy continues to get crapped on and he deserves better. SPOILER AHEAD, highlight to see it: If Celaena isn’t going to be with him, can we please find him someone good? He deserves someone who won’t put him second. I know, I know. He should have told her about the threat, but he has been loyal to the king for YEARS. I can empathize because I am loyal to a fault. I get why he thought he needed to keep it between him and the king. Also, FFS how many poor guys is Celaena going to leave in her wake?! end spoiler–
–Read the prequels to get more backstory into some of the stories shared throughout the book.
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