Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Author: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Description: 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.
Thoughts: In Crown of Midnight Celaena is the King’s assassin and so you see that side of things. You see her scouting and working and planning. But you also see her relationships grow. If you thought in Throne of Glass that there was going to be a love triangle then you were wrong. Both Chaol and Dorian could possible feel something for her but Celaena picks one and that’s it and just tries to have a friendship with the other. Even though Celaena picks someone it doesn’t mean that there isn’t issues but at least the issues aren’t another guy. While doing the king’s biding and dealing with her feelings there is also a mystery of something else that she is trying to solve in order to help a friend.
Usually in a series in book 2 there seems to be a bit of a slump. It will feel like a stepping stone but Crown of Midnight avoided that.