Crown of Midnight

17167166by Sarah J. Maas
YA Fantasy
5 of 5 stars

When I read Throne of Glass, it was such a breath of fresh air that I devoured the rest of the series in a week! This is the second of what will be six books, and so far it is my favorite. Any flaws from the first book are cleaned up and swept aside here. The plot unfolds in a much more balanced way, with more twists and turns–the last 150 pages is a seamless collection of powerful scenes with cinematic scope. I loved it so much I immediately went back and read it a second time!

Everything you liked is back in this story: Celaena’s friendship with Nehemia, more of Chaol, more of Dorian, as well as an expanded view of the world and Celaena’s past. The web of politics expands, and Celaena has to come to terms with being too comfortable in her enemy’s glass castle. Her destiny is at a crossroads, and she has to choose a side.

If you enjoyed Throne of Glass, this one will only make you a bigger fan. If you thought the first book was “just okay,” this one might convert you.

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  • In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce – The second in a quartet about Alanna, a young woman trying to become the first lady knight in her country. Again, this sequel improves and expands on the first book and is my favorite in the quartet. See my review here.
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix – I recommend this book a lot because I love the heroine so much. Sabriel has to take up the mantle of Abhorsen (the person who protects the kingdom from Dead spirits and necromancers) before she is ready, when her father disappears. See my review here.
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