Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date: 27th August 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
I’m going to start this review off by saying that if you haven’t read the first book, stop reading as I’m probably going to be mentioning things from the first one. The next thing is, holy crap, what was that ending!? I wasn’t expecting it at all and I had to resist the temptation to pick up the next one (I’m currently reading an ARC). I flew through this book so easily (even though I’m a bit late with the review) and if I thought I loved the first one, I absolutely adored the second. Sarah J. Mass has really hooked me with this series and I have a feeling that it’s only going to get better.
Crown of Midnight picks up a couple of months after Celaena is crowned as the King’s Champion and she has begun her work for him, assassinating those on the list he gives her. What he doesn’t know is that she is faking their deaths, unable to kill them. When she is given the name of someone she once knew she feels that it is time to investigate and she begins to uncover darker secrets about the people she knows. At the same time she is torn between Dorian and Chaol, both of who are vying for her attention and will do anything to protect her.
It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away too many plot details, but this book was full of suspense that just kept me wanting to turn the pages until the end. There were twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting, especially concerning Dorian and Celaena. Maas’ writing style is incredibly vivid and she is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. She knows how to write incredible action sequences that seem so real and believable, they are the best to read. I feel as though I am right there with the characters and you can’t ask for anymore than that.
All the characters had great progression and I didn’t find myself disliking anyone, except maybe the King. I will always dislike the King. The romance really came to a head in this book with two characters and honestly, it was hard for me to choose a favourite. Chaol and Dorian both have good and bad sides, but I feel that Chaol will always be my favourite, even if he did make a few mistakes that had grave consequences. One of which, shocked me to my core because I just wasn’t expecting it at all. But that is what makes this book so amazing and exciting. You never know what is going to happen.
So much happens in the space of this book and I just know, that with the ending being what it is, the next book in the series is only going to get better and more interesting. With the revelation, it will be interesting to see how it will affect the other characters and their decisions. Overall, Crown of Midnight blew my mind and it was so easy to give it 5 stars.