Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Throne of Glass
Date Started: May 15
Date Finished: May 24
Format: ebook from the digital library
Adarlan’s Assassin is back and this time she’s the King’s Champion. Not a lot of time has passed between this book and its predecessor Throne of Glass. Celaena is getting through her new tasks, while keeping Chaol – the Captain of the King’s Guard – close as her friend. But both of them know that something else is there. Dorian and her, on the other hand, are trying to adjust to this new awkwardness in their lives that comes from being not quite lovers, but something that was close to it, before just being friends again. Things are about to change though with the King’s latest assignment for Celaena that has to deal with an old childhood friend and a supposed mutiny uprising. It doesn’t help either that Queen Elena – the first queen of Adarlan – has reappeared with another cryptic warning that Celaena wants no part of. But things are changing and there are going to be consequences for everyone involved…
So let’s be frank. Crown of Midnight is not for the faint of heart or for those who like to breathe. This book sucker punched me multiple times and when I finally got my breath back it would do it again.
Sucker Punch #1: Dorian. I have to admit out of the sucker punches that I’m going to list, his is probably the easiest to go through. He’s very awkward and still hung up on Celaena, but is also having some anger management problems that leads to an interesting new development. It may be possible that he has magic, which is odd considering his father eliminated magic. So what exactly is going on? Apparently, it has something to do with Wyrdmarks and keys from the portal that his father has. So, yes, there is no magic in the world, except for the magic the king holds and since Dorian is his heir he also can have magic too.
Sucker Punch #2: Celaena and Chaol. It’s been coming since the end of book 1, but when they’re hookup and fall for each other finally happens, it is probably the best moment of the whole book. But if you were like me and paying attention to the page count when it happened, you’ll notice that obviously things aren’t going to end happily for this couple. There’s just too many pages left to go.
Sucker Punch #3: Nehemia’s death. So, this event alone isn’t all that surprising. I had a sense it was coming when the king started putting more guards on her watch. But what was surprising was the fact that this may have been a ploy by Queen Elena to force Celaena into action. But that plan horribly backfired when Celaena loses her humanity (for a few hours) and attacks Chaol (who knew about the threat on Nehemia’s life). She almost kills him and the promising relationship turns to shit when she snarls at him that he will always be her enemy.
Sucker Punch #4: The last 10 chapters. So Celaena was finally returning to her old self, when she finally figures out the riddles about the Wyrdmarks and keys. Somewhere in this craziness she decides that she wants to talk to Nehemia and opens a portal, which horribly backfires. It’s also revealed that it was Archer – Celaena’s childhood friend – who killed Nehmia. The portal won’t close and a monster sucks in her dog Fleetfoot. Chaol goes after the dog and Celaena goes after him. While in the portal her true form emerges. Apparently, she’s part fae and has magic. Blink. I’m sorry? But, WHAT?! It only gets worse from there as Chaol – who’s been suspicious about her heritage – finally puts the pieces together. And let’s just say I didn’t see it coming and I’m still trying to regain my breath from this sucker punch. Yikes.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Holy hell what a book. I’m not sure if I can wait on a list for the next one. I might have to get the physical copy from the library.
Bookshelf worthy? If only I could create a portal where I can store all the books I want. That would be something, wouldn’t it?