“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”
Ah, here we are again, back with Sarah J Maas. This is the fifth book of hers that I have read this year. I’ll admit, their success for me has been hit or miss. We’ve all heard the complaints about her writing. Namely, her lack of diverse characters. Since we all know that one I’m not going to go on about it for this book. Except right here. Moving on…
Crown of Midnight is the second book in Maas’s Throne of Glass series. I reviewed the first book in the series here. If you don’t want to read that one I’ll summarize it here: I was not impressed. Love triangle, assassin who does nothing assassiny, and a girl who is supposed to be a complete bad ass getting sassy over some frilly dresses. I can’t count how many times I rolled my eyes reading that thing. However, at the coaxing of Swetlana @ Reading Through the Nights, I gave the second book a chance. I am so glad that I did. It’s like Maas actually took note of everything wrong with the first book and attempted to correct it in this one. Well, almost everything.
First things first, let me just throw this out there…I really, really don’t like Chaol. Why in the name of Maas is he the captain of the guard? Push over pussy. He can’t even make logical decisions. Waste. Of. Space. Why in the world would the champion assassin choose him?! Weakness does not make an attractive character. Why would someone who is supposed to be so strong pick someone so mentally weak? No thank you.
We return to Celaena as the king’s champion and she is being given his dirty work. As an assassin, that means being sent to kill people the king sees as a threat. However, we quickly find out that she isn’t actually killing them and instead giving her targets the option to flee and never return. Not being imbeciles, they take her offer and she returns to the king claiming to have carried out the deed.
To keep myself from rambling, I think I’m going to resort to the good old pro/con list.
- Celaena isn’t being a big ole airhead and just killing because she is told to. High five.
- Dorian isn’t being a twat. Two handed high five and maybe an ass smack. I’m debating that one. Still better than Chaol.
- Our assassin does assassin things! Yeah girl, swing that sword!
- Gasp! Creepy monster thing with hidden purpose! Finally, something is happening.
- Double gasp! Someone I gave a crap about died. Okay, let’s be honest, the only character I gave a crap about died but it made me feel something so that goes on the pro list.
- More Celaena back story which actually ends up being pretty interesting.
- Thanks for not killing the dog (I type that with my own puppy’s head across my lap)
- WTF is Chaol still doing here. Can we kill him off yet? Please.
- Why are we still trying to shove her into pretty little dresses and make her girly? Celaena is an assassin, not a courtesan. Stop with the girly bullshit.
- Okay, yes, it’s nice to show she has a softer side by giving her a love interest but at the same time, really? Can’t she be validated as a strong woman without that? I don’t need her getting all gushy about a man and eating chocolate cake for goodness sake. Way to stereotype.
Look at that, my con list is shorter than my pro list! That hasn’t happened in a while. In a nutshell, this is a pretty good book. I’m genuinely looking forward to reading the next one. The way Maas ended the book left a lot of room for the story to progress and I certainly can appreciate that. She also corrected a lot of the issues I had with the first in the series which was a very pleasant surprise. All in all, a good read.
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