Hello everyone! Today I will be reviewing yet another Throne of Glass book, Crown of Midnight, an amazing sequel by the author Sarah J. Maas.
Release date: August 27, 2013
Hardcover page count: 432
My rating: 4/5
Crown of Midnight is the sequel to Throne of Glass, and follows Celaena, who is now the King's Champion. But the job she expected to be simple and easy is far from not as she attempts a charade of fooling the king that she is doing his bidding- an act that can turn deadly very quickly. But when a new task comes about, she will need to figure out how to deal with it, especially when it can have devastating consequences that can tear apart all that she has built in the glass castle.
I feel like second books are almost always better then the first. Because while the first book has to establish facts and characters, the sequel has the ability to further explore them and make the characters deeper and more meaningful. This is one of the main reasons why I liked this book so much. Through it, we get to further explore some of the characters that we first learned about in Throne of Glass, and really begin to learn what makes them tick. Maas does a fantastic job with this, making me being to fall in love with some characters that I thought could have been a lot better in the first book.
This book focused mainly on the 'now what' of after Celaena won the contest. Now many of us probably assumed that the assassin would just go on her marry way and continue to randomly kill people, but she has done a lot more then that. I really appreciate Maas for doing this, because it has begun to transform Celaena into more then just 'a super badass assassin.
So as I said before, one of my favorite parts of this book was all the character development that took place. Everyone was granted a chance to grow here, even the smaller characters. Through this book, characters that we wouldn't have even thought twice about in the first one are suddenly turned three-dimensional as we fall in love with them.
In my review of the first book, one of the things that I said I didn't really enjoy about the first one was the writing. It wasn't at all bad, I just though that there was some parts that could of been cleaned up a bit. And that is exactly what Maas did in this novel. I feel like as her characters became more fleshed out, her writing did too. In this novel, you can really see how her style is turning into that in A Court of Thorns and Roses- an absolute godsend. I feel like this is actually very motivational for all young writers (like me!) out there too see this change. Maas's writing wasn't at all bad to start with, but now it is slowly turning into something beautiful.
Now on to what I did not like about this book. It is two, very simple things. For one, I feel like I am slowly growing a pet peeve of having characters that are the absolute strongest and most powerful person out there without fault. And my second complaint is that it went a bit too slow. This does not at all mean that I do not like the book, I just wish that there was more reality in her character. After all, no one is indestructible. But I hope that we might be able to see that in the next book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. But, there is one thing that I regret doing that I hope can serve as a warning. When I was done with Throne of Glass, I began searching for some fan art to look at. But this turned out to be a big mistake as I accidentally revealed a spoiler to myself. The three simple words in that fan edit completely spoiled the end of the book for me. And I guess it is okay and I don't at all mind, but I wish that I haven't seen it. So a warning to you all, don't look at fan art!
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! I have already begun reading the next book, but it is a bit longer, so I will either have a review of Heir of Fire out next week or of another book, but either way I bet it will be good. Please let me know down in the comments below if there are any books you would like me to review next! And as always, I'll see you in th next review!
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