World building: 9/10
Writing style: 9/10
Character building: 9/10
My Opinionated Review
Note: This is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. You can find the review for the first book below:
Crown of Midnight is such a strong sequel to Throne of Glass, displaying Maas’s development as a storyteller and as a writer. While the first book in the series was entertaining, but quite predictable, with this one, it was impossible to guess where the story was going. Filled with action, impressive character development, love, betrayal, and mind-blowing revelations, Crown of Midnight definitely sets the bar high for the following books to come.
In this book, Celaena works as the champion for the King she despises, kidding her deceptions under the King’s nose. Fighting for her freedom as well as the freedom of others, she is in constant danger, especially since she is not the only one fighting for justice, and is forced to choose where her true loyalties lie. It is a book exploring the line between friend and foe, what people are willing to do in war, and most importantly, the battling with your inner self. The story is fast-paced, filled with wonderful romance and heart-wrenching tragedy, never giving the reader a break to catch their breath.
While the first book, although entertaining, followed a very clear and obvious storyline model, where everybody knew how the book is going to end, in Crown of Midnight everything came as a surprise. It had everything: character development, action, mystery, romance, friendships, loss, heartbreak, and much more. From the first page, I could not put this book down, I wanted to hug it at times, and then throw it to the wall at other moments. The book was so beautiful and I loved it, loved the characters and the romantic plot so much. Then my heart was ripped out and it was horrible, and I loved every minute of suffering! Any author that can make the reader feel such great and differing emotions gets my respect. The plot was so much stronger that in the first book, I loved how many surprises the book introduced.
I also think that one of the best Maas achievements with this sequel was focusing on all the characters separately. I absolutely loved the development of Dorian’s story, he became a fascinating character instead of being a boring love interest, and I hope we get to see more of his plotline development.
Furthermore, the romance in this book was just perfect. In the first book, I wasn’t sure if I would like any romantic plots, especially when there is so much going on, but this book just made me root for Chaol and Celaena! And it was (SPOILER) heart-breaking to witness their mere couple of week’s happiness tragically destroyed.
Moreover, I love how much attention Maas pays to friendship development. The heart-breaking twist of the story brought out anger and sadness in me, and it was a perfect addition to the book, making the characters feel real and led by emotions.
I love books that do not have clear lines between good and evil. You can see good characters making mistakes, and understand the supposedly evil side’s point of view. Maas perfectly displays that war is not white and black, and a lot that happens is grey.
Whether the end twist was very obvious or I spoiled it for myself before and did not remember it, it did not come as a shock to me. However, I am excited to see where the characters will go after so many revelations. With so many twists in this story, knowing the main outcome did not affect my liking of the book at all.
Overall, Crown of Midnight is one of the strongest sequels that I had pleasure reading. With already established rules of the magical world and the existing connection to the characters, the book brings out a lot of feelings from anyone who reads it. Whether you enjoyed Throne of Glass or not, the rich storytelling technique and a captivating plot make this book a must-read.
- Digital Daggers – Head Over Heels
- Howe Gelb & A Band Of Gypsies – 4 Doors Maverick
- David Gray – We Could Fall In Love Again Tonight
- Kaleo – Bang Bang
- Mumford & Sons – Broken Crown