To escape death, she’d become death.
Published: August 15, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Pages: 418 (Paperback)
Series: Throne of Glass #2
But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt but her heart never wavers
Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance—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 decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie … and whom she is willing to fight for.
Hi friends! Before we start I want to preface the review with this; I know this series has been around FOREVER and is like the OG YA Fantasy go-to, but I did want to highlight the fact that I was going to be talking about some mild spoilers because I know I’m not the only one just now getting to this series, so I’m going to be considerate of ALL my followers and slap that spoiler-warning on the top.
Now that I discussed that little bit, let’s jump in!
So, if you’ve seen my Goodreads review of Throne of Glass you’ll know I didn’t like it that much. I had read it immediately after finishing ACOMAF (one of my all time favorite books) and I was expecting Maas Goodness but I didn’t feel it. I heard the series gets way better during Heir of Fire and I had finished my July TBR so I figured I’d hop on the bandwagon and read Crown of Midnight.
I liked this one much more than the first book in the series. This novel really picks up with the action and romance and the fantasy aspects, and that’s what saved this novel for me. We finally get into the Fae aspects more and more, and we finally learn that Celaena is Fae, which is what I had been waiting for. I feel like all the things I had wanted in Throne of Glass were present in Crown of Midnight, so I was really happy about that. More murder, more Fae, more magic, more riddles, more history, more everything. The plot left me guessing at moments the screaming at others, and it delivered so many of the twists and turns I was hungry for. We follow Celaena through the streets and through the castle, and every day is a new mystery and new adventure.
Also, I connected more with the characters in this one. I think Celaena was a lot more fleshed out in this novel and I think it’s a combo of losing her friend, falling in love, and revealing who she really is that makes her a lot more connectable to me, and I’m happy about that! I don’t think I could have kept reading if I hadn’t liked her more here, so I was glad to be able to feel that connection with her. There’s a lot of character dynamics in this novel, especially because people are falling in and out of love, breaking trust, secrets, backstabbing, etc. There was just a lot more meat to this one then the first and it makes me more excited to read further into the series!
The writing in this is classic Maas; deep, enthralling descriptions, history lessons wrapped in mystery and seduction, high tension scenes when it comes to romance and action, and powerful magic. Honestly, I missed her writing so so much. I feel like it’s been a thousand years since I read a Maas novel (because she’s taking so damn long to give me another) and I was craving her universe and was not disappointed.
I do have a few others in the series on my shelf so once I finish my planned TBR I’ll probably pick up Heir of Fire! I don’t want to end up putting this whole series off for 30 years lol