Thursday, 19 May 2016

Book Review- Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 418
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #2

Rating: 4/5

"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. -Goodreads

This is the sequel to Throne of Glass, so if you haven't read it, or don't want any chance of spoilers, check out my review of the first novel here!! 
My main problem with the first novel was the pacing, there was no problems with it this time, this novel was fast paced and kept me turning the pages until I had reached the end. This novel was also more action packed than the previous, there was less scene setting and character background building required in this novel, so there was more action, and also some sad moments too.
The twist that came at the end of this novel was exceptionally done. I had no idea that it was coming, and it took me completely by surprise. I can't wait to see how this will impact the rest of the series, and where it takes the characters from here.
The characters also grow a lot throughout this novel, Celaena and how she dealt with a particularly sad moment gave us an insight into how she works and how she motivated herself throughout her life. We also got to see a different side of Chaol in this novel too, he shows a much more caring and gentler side, but we also learn more about his family, and his loyalty is tested in very interesting ways. 
This novel continued the paranormal elements that began in Throne of Glass, and I really enjoyed reading these elements in this novel and I'm excited to see exactly how Maas is going to expand and incorporate these elements into the rest of the series. 
Maas' writing is well done, she does a very good job of creating and expanding the world, and the way she creates characters is very enjoyable to read, and it has definitely made me want to pick up other novels that she has written.

Happy reading!


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