Updated: Dec 11, 2021
What do you do when everything you’ve fought tooth and nail for has lead you down a path you don’t want to be on? A path you have to continue down if you have any hope of ever achieving your freedom.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is a young adult fantasy romance about Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s best assassin. And her work as the King’s Champion, what he calls his personal assassin.
A job she definitely doesn’t want but is the only way she can gain her freedom. And after years in the prison Endovier, she’s willing to do anything.
Not kill innocent people who have the best chance of bringing the corrupt King to justice. Celaena is far from loyal after all.
If it was within her power she would have murdered the King herself. Keeping up the charade of the King’s perfect assassin, all the while helping to save all of her assigned hits, is going to test not only all of her skill set but every inch of her mental stability.
The plot of this book made way more sense than the first one’s did.
The decisions of the characters as well as the display of their abilities seemed more true to what the descriptions claimed. I loved the fact Dorian and Chaol were so freaked out by Celaena’s job as an assassin when she wasn’t even doing the jobs she was given and hadn’t actually killed anyone since she was in prison.
The character’s relationships and how they played out also seemed more natural and fitting to the characters than they did in the first book. I very much enjoyed the up and downs of the different stages of Celaena and Chaol’s relationship.
However, it is very clear that this is a transition book for the series. So much so that I keep confusing things that happened in the third book for things that happened in this one. Meaning nothing of real importance, with the exception of one or two plot points, happens.
So be aware of that while reading.
This book is probably my least favorite in the series so far. Especially after having read the next two books.
I just felt like several of the side character could have been put to better use. In both this book and the series as a whole.
Crown of Midnight is more about subplots, with two or three big reveals, than it is about any big part of the overall plot.
All of the relationship building in this book amounts to absolutely nothing at the end, making it and the majority of the book rather pointless.
As I said, I was very fond of the Celaena and Chaol relationship. And I did not appreciate the conclusion after being led to love it so much.