Well, well, well. I said it would happen, didn’t I? And it didn’t take long. A few months ago, I reviewed Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, and today I’m back to review the second book in the series, Crown of Midnight. If you haven’t read the first one, I encourage you to tread carefully throughout this review. Spoilers are ahead.
First, I have to say that this book was, for me, miles above ToG. There is way more action, and we get to see Celaena go buck wild after spending the first book pining for some assassin action! That, and Dorian is a lot less annoying. This newest installment takes place after Celaena wins the competition and is crowned the king’s champion. So, she’s off doing the king’s bidding, killing off anyone who may or may not be getting in the way of his plan for what is basically world domination… Or so he thinks.
In this book, we get to see who Celaena is as a person and not just as a competitor. AND! Guess who’s back, or, rather, still there… It’s Nehemia!! You may remember from my first review how much I loved her. Well, now she’s plotting and scheming and involved in some shady business. It’s great. Oh, Chaol is back, too. And let me tell you, things get pretty steamy (insert girlish giggle here). Our illustrious Captain of the King’s Guard somehow ends up getting himself kidnapped (?!?!) and is the catalyst for Celaena completely losing her damn mind. She becomes the killer that she was trained to be and proceeds to mow down anyone who stands in her way. It’s at this point in the novel that everything goes downhill.
There’s a lot more character development in this book, which I really appreciated, especially with Dorian. I left the first book feeling very “meh” about the guy. His attitude, his “all women are too vapid and therefore undeserving of my attention” thing that he had going on. Yuck. And, also, no thank you. It was refreshing to see him taken down a couple of notches, realizing that he’s a human just like everyone else. Oh, and if you read the book, you’ll know about a certain… Baba Yellowlegs. Every time she popped up, I was just confused and uncomfortable. I gotta say, not a huge fan of old Baba.
As I mentioned before, this book is only the second in this series. I’m really looking forward to seeing more from Maas, and you can look forward to it as well: I was fortunate enough to get in touch with the one and only Sarah J. Maas for an interview! Once that is up, I will be sure to let all of you know! And once the third book is out, you can bet your buttons that you’ll see another review from me about it!
As always, if you read the book, let me know what you thought! I love hearing your comments. If there are any books that you would recommend, please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment or send me an email. Until next time, my dearest Germs!