A Spoiler-Free Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Spoiler-Free Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

It isn’t every book that captures my attention so hard that I’m able to read all 400+ pages, cover to cover, in a matter of days, but when a book does do that, it’s probably been written by Sarah J. Maas.

Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series that was Maas’ first foray into the world of full-length novels. I’m going to be honest with you when I say it took me a looooong while to get into the idea of reading Maas’ books. I had heard nothing but good things about them, and I am consistently reading similar YA high fantasy fiction novels, but I just felt like it would be too “mainstream” of me to start reading her books so far after so many other people had already read them – I felt like I would just be a bandwagoner. LET ME JUST SAY I have quickly been making up for lost time. I read the entire A Court of Thorns and Roses series (three books that have currently been released) in less than a week. I read Throne of Glass in less than a week while I was in school. Crown of Midnight was finished in two and a half days. I AM OBSESSED.

Crown of Midnight was everything you could possible hope a sequel to be. Maas is a wordsmith of the highest order; there are several passages throughout the text that gave me goosebumps all across my body. She is able to paint a picture with her words so clearly that I know exactly how each character and location in the story is meant to look. Her writing style is phenomenal and the book is fast-paced and breathless for nearly the full 420 pages. This is where the reader really starts to learn about who Celaena Sardothien really is and what and who formed her into the person she has become. Maas really begins to set the stage in this novel for what’s to come in the series as a whole, and does a fantastic job of laying all the groundwork without dragging along.

From the blurb on the back of my copy of the book:

Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance – not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemiah, 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 decide once and for all where her true royalties lie . . . and whom she is willing to fight for.

What I love the most about Maas’ books and the worlds she creates within them is probably how they all center around incredibly strong, fierce, independent female central characters. Growing up, I was drawn to novels that featured strong women in the central roles. The Gemma Doyle series (A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing) by Libba Bray was my favorite series in junior high and high school, and continues to be a series I re-read every year as an adult, because it was one of the first set of novels I can remember reading that featured a strong female character around whose adventures the books were centered. Celaena Sardothein appeals to that same place inside of me as do Gemma Doyle, Alanna the Lioness (which, if we’re being honest, is really the first fictional heroine with whom I fell in love as a middle-schooler, OMG I can’t believe I almost forgot about The Song of the Lioness series I read every single one of those books as a child I wanted to be Alanna when I grew up – thanks for giving me ridiculous expectations of my female characters, Tamora Pierce!), Hermione Granger, Mare Barrow, Mara Dyer, Feyre Archeron, and Princess Jezelia.

Overall, I give Crown of Midnight a resounding 5/5 stars: enthusiastically recommended! Now, on to Heir of Fire – review to come probably by the end of the week! HA!

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