Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, 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 give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
So I still have all the same complaints I had in Throne of Glass, except now that I’ve finished Crown of Midnight I’ve decided I’m completely hooked and finishing this series despite its shortcomings.
Celaeana is still too silly at times. And I think all the narrative headhopping isn’t always warranted. Sometimes we hop into a person’s head only to never come back to it and that just strikes me as lazy writing. But damnit if the plot isn’t so good I don’t even care anymore. I stayed up late two nights in a row reading this book and literally as soon as I finished this one, I ordered Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and The Assassin’s Blade. I hope I can hold out until fall when Empire of Storms gets released in paperback. I really want that matching set.
I don’t think anything much got answered from the first book in this one. I got a confirmation on my suspicions and A LOT more questions. Hence the midnight book buying spree. God bless Amazon.
It’s probably too soon to tell, but I don’t think this series is going to outrank some of my other favorite series. The writing really does bug me. But the plot is taking all the points and I just can’t not finish this now.
Basically the same question as last time: Do the writing problems improve? Does the editor get it together? Am I stuck with hearing about Celaena’s love of chocolate cake for the next four books?