Review: ‘Crown of Midnight’ (‘Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Blurb from GoodReads: 

“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.

Review: 

Noooooo, I was sooooo disappointed with this book! 😦 A lot of the reviews of COM had been saying that it was better in terms of character development and plot than ‘Throne of Glass’- darker, bleaker, more angsty, more plot-driven, but- I hate to say it- I have yet to see it. In this book, Celaena Sardothien remains as arrogant, narcissistic and whiny as ever- except that now she has Chaol falling in love with her, and Prince Dorian (Bore-ian) moaning (literally) to himself about how she no longer wears ‘all her lovely dresses.’ I also had a real problem with the fact that Celaena is meant to be an assassin- the WHOLE SERIES is built around her being a ruthless, vicious assassin for the King, and yet she doesn’t kill anyone the King wants her to kill! (It even says so on the blurb, which is kind of a major spoiler really!)

Because of this, it all became pretty predictable. I also got tired of Celaena’s one-dimensional Ken Doll love interests- Chaol and Bore-ian. They seemed to do nothing except follow her around like puppies (which reminds me, the annoying puppy that Bore-ian gives to Celaena is still hanging about, presumably for no reason other than to look cute, much like Bore-ian himself.) I get so weary of this kind of non-developed man boy character that you see in a lot of ‘romantic’ YA- its as though their one interesting quality is that they’re stunningly attractive (and it’s not EVEN THAT interesting.)

After the amazing ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ I felt so let down by this book as I expected so much more from Maas’s writing- it felt so bland and cliched at points. (And yes, Bore-ian’s ‘sapphire eyes’ were mentioned again. *Yawn*) I really wanted to love this series- especially as ‘Empire of Storms’ has been so hyped- but this just doesn’t do it for me. Lacklustre characters, writing that veered between flowery and sparse, and an assassin who isn’t really an assassin. Nah. This is on my ‘Do Not Read’ (DNR) list. Sorry, Maas fans!

Overall rating: 1 out of 10 stars

This book in four words: Dull. Predictable. Over. Hyped.

Read if you enjoyed: Er, ‘Throne of Glass.’ (Read my review here.)

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