Maas has done it again with a fantastic second book in a series! Crown of Midnight really hit the spot. Celaena, now Champion of the King of Adarlan, begins fulfilling her duties to the crown. Yet Celaena remains sneaky, as her loyalties continue to lie elsewhere. Her romantic interests come to fruition in this story, but everything can always change in a heartbeat where assissins and ruthless kings are involved.
Crown of Midnight kept me on my toes, and by the second half of the book, I couldn’t put it down. Celaena finally develops into the badass main character I was expecting, shedding some of her frilly side for a while as she continues to uncover deeper secrets and plots moving through the shadows below the glass castle. Nothing is left of the cheap feeling that I felt during Throne of Glass. Clearly, Maas stepped it up a notch for this sequel.
The plot gains more forward momentum by the end, as many of the pieces that were starting to be revealed in Throne of Glass come together to reveal something more dangerous and ominous. I’m looking forward to where the trajectory of this story is headed, and so excited that the pace has picked up. I wonder if Maas simply has a hard time setting the stage for her characters and that’s why the first books I’ve read from her move so slowly, or if she’s just setting the stage for readers to be blown away when everything they think they knew crumbles into the ashes of the fire that is the second book consuming the first. Either way, I felt astonished by the direction Maas took us in.