The stakes are up for all our favorite characters: assassin Celaena Sardothien, crown prince Dorian Havilliard and captain of the guard Chaol Westfall.
Celaena, who always avoided politics and only cared to survive, finds herself in the middle of court intrigues and treachery. We learn a lot about the past of mysterious notorious assassin of Adarlan and, trust me, there will be a lot of surprises. But even more is Celaena is going to discover about herself when the crucial question is asked:
"What will you stand for? Or will you only stand for yourself?"
I was never a big fan of prince Dorian, he seemed too superficial to me, but chapters narrated from his point of view revealed deeper aspects of his personality and made me respect him and better understand him.
And then there is Chaol Westfall, quiet and honorable captain of the royal guard – he really shines in this book. There were so many times when his thoughts made me: “Awwwww…” Thanks to him swoon-factor of Crown of Midnight really hit the roof. As you can see I'm still TEAM CHAOL all the way. I think that he’s the perfect match for Celaena and hope that they will get their happily ever after in the end, although with Sarah J. Maas’ flare for the dramatics we will probably have to wait until the last book in the series for that to happen.
When you start reading Crown of Midnight prepare for a lot of action and heart-melting romance. I had a hard time putting Crown of Midnight down because there was always some big earth-shattering revelation just around the corner. And too soon, the end came and there were so many things that I still needed to know. Sarah J. Maas left me with so many teaser I will spontaneously combust from curiosity! Sequel to the Crown of Midnight is definitely a book I can't wait to get my hands on in 2014.
IN THE END...
If you ever need an example of how to write a good sequel, you can point at Crown of Midnight and say: “That’s how it’s done!”. Sarah J. Maas took all the good stuff from Throne of Glass like action and romance, increased them tenfold and added great insight into characters and elaborated on previously hinted history of fae ancestors and magic abilities. Throne of Glass was fun book to read, but Crown of Midnight pushes this series to the top of young adult fantasy genre.
If you like high fantasy with court intrigue, kick-ass heroine & strong romantic sub-plot or you enjoyed Graceling by Kristin Cashore, I highly recommend you give this series a chance.