The following synopsis contains some spoilers.
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.
Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.
Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 15th August, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
I’m pointing out the obvious when I say that YA is full of trilogies and series. Sometimes the second books in these trilogies and series suffer from Second Book Syndrome. This occurs when a sequel falls short of its predecessor. I’ve read many YA sequels that fall into that category and I had a feeling that Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas might do the same. Luckily, I was wrong and Crown of Midnight turned out to be a brilliant sequel.
It became clear to me when I read Throne of Glass that Maas is definitely a natural storyteller and the sequel confirmed this. The prose is beautiful and Maas had me feeling many different emotions whilst reading Crown of Midnight. Maas also has the ability to change the way I feel about a character in a second. The characters have been developed extremely well, which is something I’m grateful for, as lately I’ve been coming across a lot of flat and under-developed characters in YA. Celaena goes through so much, Dorian becomes more likeable and is coming into his own and I have no idea how to feel about Chaol anymore. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series just so I can be in the company of these characters again.
I’m going to avoid revealing anything about the plot as I want this review to be spoiler-free. All I will say is that so much happens in this novel, which is another thing I’m thankful for. Some sequels just bridge the gap between the first and final books, with very little happening and characters that don’t develop. With Crown of Midnight, I never knew which direction the plot was going to head in and this kept me on the edge of my seat.
As with Throne of Glass, the world building in Crown of Midnight, is fantastic and I had fun exploring this world along with the characters. I also loved learning about its history and politics, as it helped to make Celaena’s world detailed and appear very real.
I don’t have anything negative to say about Crown of Midnight apart from the fact that there is something that stopped me from loving this book enough to give it five out of five stars. I felt the same with Throne of Glass and, annoyingly, I have yet to work out what that thing is. Having said that, this is a series that I definitely recommend to fans of YA.