Written by Beth Winters
There is always some hesitation when reading the sequel to a great book, but not one worry should cross your mind if you choose to read “Crown of Midnight,” Sarah J. Maas's fantastic sequel to “Throne of Glass.”
Picking up right where “Throne of Glass” ends, “Crown of Midnight” throws you into the first book’s world. The main character, Celaena, goes to one of the king’s targets and assassinates him. After that point, there is no clear direction in terms of where the book is headed. With so many twists and turns and dark passageways, “Crown of Midnight” is a hard book to put down.
The book is much deeper than an assassin-killing-her-target tale. “Crown of Midnight” has a little bit of everything. Adventure, love, betrayal, death, heartache, you name it—it is likely in this book. I found Maas’s early alluding to the big revelation most interesting. Unfortunately, I picked up on her foreshadowing, so I knew what was coming, but I suppose this means the foreshadowing is executed well. There are small hints throughout the book, but nothing screams “this is what happens next.”
The other big shocker in the story (I will not say what) is such a surprise! The event is eluded to right before it happens, but Maas does a good job of hiding from readers what is going on. I was confused (in a really good way) and simply had to keep reading, specifically to find out what that little one-page chapter means.
My only issue with the book is with the middle section, which is very slow. I know a book cannot be all action and adventure, but the part in which two characters share some romance seems to go on and on. Do not get me wrong—once you find out about what happened to Celaena as she grew up and lived at the assassin’s keep, you will think she deserves love and happiness, but that does not mean that her love and happiness should span 50 pages. Maas could have spread out the love story a bit better. At least the story is complete—it will be interesting to see where it goes in future books.
I also enjoyed having viewpoints from multiple characters. What makes the multiple perspectives really great is that only the three main characters (Celaena, Dorian and Chaol) are used for this purpose, meaning you get to know them on a deep level. It is fun to see what they are doing and how they perceive things.
I cannot wait to pick up the next book in the series. I recommend reading “Crown of Midnight” if you are a Maas fan, if you are looking for a book with action and adventure and if you want to read a book that is part of a series that is not just a trilogy. Just do not forget to read the first book!
Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication date: August 27, 2013
Page count: 418
List price: $18.99
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