Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books on August 27th 2013
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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?
Entering into the Crown of Midnight, I had some baggage. The first installment, Throne of Glass, was an enjoyable read, but the flaws from book one stuck with me throughout most of the beginning of the sequel. I often found myself wondered, 'would this sequel again make promises that it could not keep?' Would I again be looking back at the read thinking 'darn, again this one had a lot of potiental but it never found the stride it needed?' The answer to those questions is not easily answered. Since like Throne of Glass, I found myself pleased, but wondering where is this all headed.
Crown of Midnight picks up basically where Throne of Glass ended. Celaena Sardothien, our favorite assassin, is in a bit of a pickle. As the King's assassin, she is now charged with killing all those that opposs the King, regardless of any personal feelings. After reading Throne of Glass, I have to admit I had tons of doubts about Celaena as an actual assassin. Throne of Glass had tons and tons of passages describing past adventures or events; however, the book never really featured Celaena doing much of anything.
This all changes with Crown of Midnight. Well, sort of.
Celaena has come a long way since of Throne of Glass. So much so, that I am finally at the point where I really understand her repuation. Or at least, have a better understanding of it. You see, Throne of Glass, for me, was a really good read. However, the overall picture was quite dim. Mixing elements into the plot that really did not seem to fit. Having characters act in certain ways with little to no explanation. Making Throne of Glass, at times, a really confusing read. However, Crown of Midnight has started sort it all out.
In a lot of ways, Crown of Midnight is like the day to Throne of Glass' night. Paving the way for future books and a plot line that finally makes sense with all the little twists and turns that have been previously thrown in.
While Crown of Midnight is still far from perfect, I have to say that this was a sequel worth waiting for. Plenty of questions finally have answers. A fantastic romance. And most importantly, a main character that finally shows her true colors.