Crown of Midnight is book two in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I loved the first book and this one was even better which makes me super excited to get into the rest of the series. I’ll give you the synopsis and then my thoughts. There will be spoilers but I’m pretty vague about them because I don’t want to give everything away. Some pretty major stuff happens in this book and if by chance you haven’t read it I don’t want to totally ruin it.
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.
This book was honestly a roller coaster. Celaena experiences more ups and downs than my heart could handle. She falls in love but that love turns to hate like a week later because of the love interest’s (I’m trying not to spoil everything lol) inability to stop the death of one of Celaena’s closest friends. This leads to some amazing character growth for Celaena, and honestly Chaol and Dorian as well. All three of their relationships change throughout this book so much from Throne of Glass, for the better and the worse. Maas did an EXCELLENT job with character growth and development. The mystery of the evil in the castle and how the King ties into it is a true page turner. By the end of the book we, the reader, still don’t have the answers but it’s so intriguing. The book ends with Celaena revealing her true identity which I slightly expected but was still shocked when it was revealed. Overall, Crown of Midnight was the perfect sequel to Throne of Glass and I honestly can’t think of anything I didn’t love about it.
I can not wait to start the third book, Heir of Fire! That review will be up next week. I’d love to know what you think about this book or series in general! Thanks for reading and have a great day!