Hello, everyone! I needed a break from NaNoWriMo (save me, please, I’m dying), and I haven’t posted here in a while, so enjoy another review!
Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27, 2013 (first published August 15, 2013)
Genres: young adult, fantasy
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Grr, I don’t remember much about this one, either, so this review is going to be pretty vague. What I do remember standing out was character development; I felt like, as the stakes got higher in this novel, the character development of everyone progresses, though it occurs more with some than with others.
This book takes the tepid fantasy story its predecessor gave us, and has a little more fun with it as Celaena digs deeper into the secrets and spells of the king she serves, trying to find out more about the Wyrdmarks and the worlds they lead to, while also trying not to blow her cover as the king’s assassin. She’s aided by her friend Nehemia, a foreign princess seeking aid for her suffering people, and Chaol, who might be more than just her friend. But Celaena’s investigations will test and try these friendships…and Celaena’s resolve, which could destroy almost everything she’s learned to love.
Again, the stakes were higher in this book, which I think made it more engaging to read. There are several unexpected twists (no spoilers here!) that caught me completely off-guard, and, while I didn’t always agree with Celaena’s reactions, I can understand (most of) them in the context of her character. Overall, I enjoyed this much more than Throne of Glass; I’d say this book is not only a worthy addition to the series–it’s a superior one.