I have been rereading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and realised I never reviewed the books or maybe just one or two. So I wanted to rectify that mistake right away. Today I wanted to share my thoughts on Crown of Midnight, book 2 in the series. So let’s dive in! As with the previous review, there might be some spoilers.
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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on 15/01/2023
I think this book is going to be the hardest from the series to review. While not a lot of people will agree with me, this is my least favorite book out of the series haha. It has some fantastic moments but there is also Chaol and there is Nehemia…… Let’s get into that haha.
“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”
When I say there is Nehemia, I mean there is that one scene… And I absolutely hated it. Sarah J. Maas keeps on breaking my heart over and over again and this book is no different. If you’ve read the book you know exactly what I’m talking about. Nehemia is such a strong character and I wish we saw more of her in this book. She truly deserved more.
The fairest eyes, from legends old
Of brightest blue, ringed with gold
The other thing I hated was Chaol and all the lovey dovey stuff involving him haha. I’ve never ever shipped Chaol and Celaena, not even for a millisecond so this was hard to get through at times haha. If you’d seen my face listening to some of the proclamations…. It was just not my thing. Luckily the story is taking a very different direction after the plot twist at the end and I won’t have to suffer through this much longer haha. Also, I saw the plot twist coming the first time around but I didn’t mind it. I love that world is getting expanded a bit and I can’t wait for more!
“There was a time when people valued honor and loyalty — when serving a ruler wasn’t about obedience and fear.”
Of course I also have to talk about Baba Yellowlegs, that was such a fun part of the story. And setting up the witches storyline for the next book! This is a short review, as I said, not my favorite book. I do sound really negative, but this is still a highly rated read for me! So don’t let me get you down ;). Now it’s on to the next ones!