Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) Book Review

Crown of Midnight, the second book in the Throne of Glass series, is a gripping and masterfully crafted work of young adult fantasy fiction by Sarah J. Maas. This book picks up where the previous one left off, continuing the story of the young assassin, Celaena Sardothien. The novel delivers a fast-paced and intense plot that is filled with suspense and intrigue, as well as complex and well-developed characters that are sure to keep readers engaged from beginning to end.

One of the strengths of this book is the way that the characters are developed throughout the story. Celaena, who was already a well-drawn character in the first book, becomes even more multi-dimensional as she grapples with the consequences of her actions and the ghosts of her past. Her relationships with the other characters in the novel, primarily Chaol, and Dorian, also become more complicated and nuanced as the story progresses. These characters, in turn, undergo their own evolutions, each facing their own challenges and growth as they navigate the complex world of court politics and magic.

The writing style in Crown of Midnight is both engaging and descriptive, with Maas painting vivid and compelling images of the world she has created. The dialogue is sharp and witty, and the action scenes are thrilling and well-executed. The story also features a number of unexpected twists and turns, making for a satisfying and satisfyingly unpredictable read.

The love triangle between Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian, adds another layer of complexity to the story, having evolved from book 1. While the relationship between Celaena and Chaol is focussed on in this story, her connection with Dorian doesn’t necessarily get neglected, building the tension between Chaol and Dorian, likely to be fleshed out in the next book. As the story progresses, Celaena is forced navigate her feelings for both men, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each relationship. I feel as though this love triangle serves to deepen the emotional stakes of the story, highlighting the difficult choices that Celaena must make as she navigates the dangerous and treacherous world of court politics.

One of the most impressive aspects of Crown of Midnight is the way that Maas weaves together the various plot threads and elements, creating a story that is both intricate and well-crafted. The novel seamlessly blends elements of political intrigue, courtly drama, and magical fantasy, creating a world that feels both immersive and believable. The story is filled with action and adventure, but also moments of quiet introspection and reflection, making for a well-rounded and satisfying read.

Overall, Crown of Midnight is an excellent addition to the Throne of Glass series, showcasing Maas’ skills as a writer and storyteller. The book delivers a gripping and action-packed plot, complex and well-developed characters, and a vividly realized world that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment in the series.

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If you love a good fantasy read then you should check out The Lost Artefacts series, starting with The Chain Between Worlds.

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