Yesterday I completed book 100 of the year – almost a month and 21 books ahead of last year! That’s insane!
I have multiple books on the go at the moment, because I like to listen to audio books on my commute to work, and read a physical book before I go to sleep. I think there are about 5 books in play at the moment… it was 10!
Anyhoo, book 100 was Crown of Midnight, which is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. I LOVE this series, and it’s actually the second time I’m reading them. If you haven’t read the first book, you can find my review here.
From the get-go, Crown of Midnight is a lot darker than Throne of Glass…
From the blurb:
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
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.
Since Celaena Sardothien won the competition at the end of Throne of Glass, she has been working for the King of Ardarlan- which pretty much means she’s his assassin. He gives her targets, people who are traitors and threats to the Crown, and she then has to kill them.
At the start of the book Celaena is about to kill one of these “threats”. She then brings the king the traitors head and ring hand, as trophies. Chaol is worried that Celaena has gone to the dark side…
Meanwhile ghostly Galathynius continues to drop hints about the imminent danger to Celaena and Ardarlan…
I don’t want to say anything else, because it would so easy to reveal spoilers! I’ll just say that Celaena loyalties and beliefs are pushed to the limits – it’s safe to say that nothing so far has been what it seemed!
This book completely changes the momentum of the Throne of Glass series, and it is just so so brilliant! Sarah J. Maas isn’t afraid to go against her readers expectations, and it really pays off.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Click here for my review of Heir of Fire, book 3 in the Throne of Glass series.