Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Rating: 5 out of 5
This review is spoiler-free for the series.
I’m not going to beat around the bush; I’m going to flat out admit that Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is a fantastic follow-up to Throne of Glass. It’s just as action-packed, intense, and mysterious– except this sequel is amplified. Everything you loved in book one is bigger and better in Crown of Midnight.
Our main character Celaena Sardothien continues to be a fierce, bad-ass female protagonist that I grew to love even more with each page. With more fight scenes come more opportunities to show that Celaena really is a frighteningly relentless assassin that the bad guys should look out for. Not only this, but the reader gets a chance to relate to Celaena on a more emotional level in Crown of Midnight. She experiences change and not the best kind, either. I felt that this sequel provided a strong emotional connection between the reader and Celaena.
While the story is still told in third person perspective, this varied POV is broadened even more when the reader is able to learn more about the side characters as well. I particularly liked this because in Throne of Glass, we got glimpses of so-and-so’s thoughts, but in Crown of Midnight, we become good friends and understand and recognize them like the back of our own hands.
The fantasy world that was introduced in Throne of Glass gets better– yes, you heard right! Initial questions are answered, but Maas dumps more mysteries into the characters hands to figure out, and more discoveries are made. I was fully immersed in this aspect of the story because I just couldn’t get enough of everything! It’s truly believable and fascinating. And can we just talk about those plot twists? JAW. DROPPING. So many surprises that I totally wasn’t expecting! It makes me even more eager for book three.
So if you couldn’t tell already, I highly enjoyed Crown of Midnight. It lived up to Throne of Glass, and more importantly, my expectations. This fantasy world of Erilea is a place I’d love to visit, and thankfully Maas makes it very easy to imagine and be a part of. With intensified character development/understanding, action-scenes, and world-building, Crown of Midnight is not a sequel that you want to miss. If you loved book one, there is no way you’re not checking out book two!