Sunday, 8 September 2013

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

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In this fantastic follow-up to Throne of Glass, we re-join Celaena as she plays a dangerous game, acting as the king’s assassin but really pursuing her own agenda. No one can be trusted, in the castle or outside it. Meanwhile, dark forces are stirring beneath the castle, and the magic King Ardelan stamped out might not be as dead as it appeared. Deadly secrets, romance and betrayal make up a thrilling plot, one even better than the first book.

Once again, this is a relentless page-turner, and I was captivated from the start. I loved Throne of Glass, but Crown of Midnight surpasses it in every way. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns, and we learn things about all the main players that genuinely shock. I loved the new insights we got into characters’ pasts, particularly Celaena’s. Some of the things that bothered me in Throne of Glass were not as much of a turn-off for me this time. Celaena has grown on me as a protagonist, and the love triangle isn’t nearly as annoying – although I was pleased with Celaena’s choices and maturity in handling the situation, which is more than I can say for some other YA protagonists!

This is epic fantasy as it should be, and it definitely has a Game of Thrones feel to it, but also blends in other elements such as fae and witches, demons and magical runes. This sets a new standard for YA fantasy!

Review: *****

1 comment:

  1. I don't read fantasy, but this premise sounds very exciting. Your review was excellent, and I'll keep my eye out for the book. Wishing Sarah much success!

    Happy Birthday, Emma! :-)