I was in need of an assassin fix, so Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, the second book in the Throne of Glass series, was just what I needed.
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?
First, this cover is waaay better than the one for Throne of Glass. Second, this book was an amazing sequel. It had character growth and plot development like I’ve never seen in the often dull middle book. There are so many twists and turns, where secrets are revealed like you’d never believe.
Celaena is totally badass in this book. If you doubted her killing abilities in book one, then you’re in for a surprise because nothing is worse than the wrath of a woman and she will have her revenge. There was less conscience in this book and more bloodletting. It just brings a wicked grin to my face. I loved it when Celaena finally started formulating a plan and taking some action.
Her relationship with Chaol, the captain of the guard, really takes off in this book and I am ecstatic about it. The sexual tension between them is like electricity. I couldn’t get enough. There is a shocking twist at the end of this book that changes everything–her relationships, her loyalties, and her place in the world. I cannot wait to see how everything wraps up in the third book of the Throne of Glass trilogy, Heir of Fire, which comes out September 11, 2014.
STARS: 5 out of 5