There are some books where I look at them and imagine there is a badass background theme song coming right out of the pages. Like, when I look at Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas and see the image of Celaena wielding some swords, I can kind of hear the song Boom by POD – especially the part where they’re like ‘here comes THE BOOM. THE BOOM. THE BOOM.’ You guys, Celaena totally brings THE BOOM in the second of Maas’s trilogy and it is totally more badass than Throne Of Glass. For once, the tone of the cover actually matches the contents of the book. Seriously, girl in the book is just as fierce as girl on the cover.
Celaena is now the King’s Champion – which basically means she is the evil king’s assassin. However, she’s just biding her time. She’ll do his kills until she is able to have what she has been longing for, for so long, her freedom. Lest you think Celaena is a cold-blooded killer, she doesn’t actually kill the people the king names. Instead, she helps them fake their deaths and brings back body parts obtained from the sick room. She hopes her farce will last as long as it needs to. Unfortunately, it’s not just the King who has plans for her, but the long dead Elena has entreated her to find the source of the King’s power. And so, there’s a bit of a knowledge gathering quest as Celaena begins to uncover secrets about Adarlan. Nehemia, Fleetfoot, Dorian, and Chaol are back in Crown Of Midnight. I won’t state the roles that each is to play, except to say that there’s some tangled webs being woven. And tragedy.
It’s been like a year since I’ve read Throne Of Glass, so in a way I feel a little bit unqualified to tell you all about how Celaena develops as a character from book to book, because sometimes I forget things. I’ll just tell you what I thought of her in Crown Of Midnight. You all know that my favorite type of character is kickass heroine. Straight up, Celaena fits the bill. She has cool weapons. She’s someone who LOVES books and dogs – like any decent human being. She blows her money on pretty clothes. She’s also stubborn and holds her cards close to her chest. I liked that she wasn’t perfect or unstopable but at the same time was a character I could actually respect. Sure, she gets a bit misled, but it is what it is. Also, she totally does not treat Mort very well, hahahaha. You’ll see is all I will say.
If you read strictly for the sexytimes because you are a total perv, you’ll like Crown Of Midnight. There are sexytimes, but they aren’t graphic or anything but they are sweet. ALSO. People who enjoy sex! Yay! Okay, so I will stop before I get all inappropriate on you. Celaena makes her love triangle choice and it’s the dude we’ve been rooting for this whole time. If you’re a fan of Hector from The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson, you’ll be a fan of THIS book’s romance. I will say there are feelings and kissing and drama and it’s awesome. The scenes between Celaena and her lover were totally my favorite.
My thing with Throne Of Glass, was that I liked the plot and the characters and the action but I wasn’t in love with the writing style. I think that the writing style improves in Crown Of Midnight, BUT it is not quite as well written as a Rothfuss book or a Carson book. I mean, I overlooked that for how much I just enjoyed the story though. I think that it’s compelling and interesting. What really appealed to me about Crown Of Midnight was that it appeals to my revolution/uprising love. I will always love books where the characters plot against a despot, and well you get that here. You also get rune-based magic. You get the fae as well as a few other magical creatures. You get an awesome dog that does NOT die. Yes. So don’t skip out on this one over dog fears. Other cool things that might entice you to pick up Sarah J. Maas’s sequel: a magical book, healthy girl friendships, a romance that makes sense, fight scenes, and a revealing of SECRETS! Note: there is a cliffhanger, so be prepared because once you finish this you will start hounding goodreads for the next book. Yo, I can’t wait to see what’s next in Celaena’s world.
Disclosure: Review Copy provided by publisher.
Other reviews of Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas:
Books Of Love – “Sarah J. Mass delivers another fantastic installment”
Jenna Does Books – “beautifully-written, thrilling and mysterious”
Catching Books – “ I would recommend this series to anyone who loves strong female protagonists”
Books by Sarah J. Maas:
Throne Of Glass