Book: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Source: signed ARC from publisher at BEA
Release Information: August 27, 2013 from Bloomsbury
Summary (from GoodReads): 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?
I loved Throne of Glass and the sequel upped the ante. We learn how the king has gained power and what it means that he has this much power. We get to see Celaena become a badass and go into a killing frenzy. A main character dies, Celaena’s love life is a sexy mess, and we also get a little more direction for a series as a whole. There were a number of scares and surprises and new characters that made things for Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol more complicated.
And while I couldn’t put the book down, at the end I was left frustrated with how slow the series as a whole is moving. There were two major things that left me feeling this way. The first is that Celaena continues to be a reluctant hero throughout this book. I understood her reluctance to oppose the King, but that reluctance didn’t make sense in light of her actions throughout this book. As readable as these books are, it shouldn’t take her two books to find a purpose. Especially considering the big reveal at the end of book 2, which has been obvious since book1.
The second major thing that annoys me on a series level is that the three main characters–Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian–never talk to each other. Everything could be so much farther along if they would just share information with each other. My favorite scenes were the ones where they worked together and yet they spent so much time avoiding one another. The slow dissolution of the bromance between Chaol and Dorian broke my heart more than anything else in the book. It doesn’t matter if they love the same girl, they are going to need each other and I am dying for them to trust each other again.
Moments I Loved: Not that I loved it, but it was a good scene: my favorite character cries in a closet and it made me cry.
WTF Moments:The immediate aftermath of one of the character’s death when Celaena goes crazy. Celaena’s logic is messed up by grief, plus there is some complicating factors with magic, and it was the perfect scene.
What I’m Looking Forward To in the Next Book: In Crown of Midnight, Chaol struggled between loyalty to the king and his love for Celaena. This was one of my favorite parts and I expect this struggle to become even more intense in the next book.
Overall: I couldn’t put it down and definitely enjoyed the book, but I wished the big reveals hadn’t been so obvious or had come sooner.