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. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
I was slightly worried when I picked this up. Sequels don’t often live up to the first book in the series, and considering how fantastically amazing the first book was, I thought Crown of Midnight would be the same.
Not in the least. This ignores the second book blues. Actually, it looks at second book blues and kicks it in the shin. Basically, I think this book was even better than the first. And that is HUGE, considering how much I loved the first.
Celaena: Continues to be awesome with her bad-ass assassin…ing. You start to get a taste of what she was like pre-Endovier, when she was the most feared assassin in the kingdom. She’s harsh. She’s cold. And then she’s be around her friends or her dog or food and she’ll melt and that’s really great. And she adds to her awesomeness by not killing anyone the king orders her too! She’ll have them escape the kingdom then go to the places where the plague victims are held until they can be buried, and uses their bodies instead.
Chaol: Still caption of the guard, and still the one whom I ship with Celaena. Basically, I spent the entire book going “JUST KISS ALREADY” because they seriously needed too.
Dorian: Our prince is slightly shocked, more so than Chaol, about the fierceness of Celaena’s assassin side. I don’t know if he just chose not to think about it or something, but I felt like he was a bit too shocked. Celaena likes pretty dresses, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a killer. GIRLS CAN LIKE KILLING AND DRESSES, DORIAN.
Fleetfoot: Continues to stay alive. Thank goodness.
And I kept hearing that the Throne of Glass stories would rip your feels out and stomp on them. I stupidly thought, oh, maybe it’s the later books, y’know? Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows and all that. People will continue to be safe and happy in this one.
And then I got midway through the book and I was bawling my eyes out. THIS is why people say Sarah J. Maas is heartless. I see now. Because you’re just starting to get over the kick in the gut that’s Worst Thing #1…and you get Worst Thing #2.
I had to put the book down at this point and walk in circles around the house for about ten minutes. It hurt.
So, basically, this book is epic, it hurts, and I need Heir of Fire RIGHT NOW, please and thank you.