Oh wow, I don’t even know where to start. I think I enjoyed Crown of Midnight more than I did Throne of Glass. There was just so much more of everything. More drama, more action, more complication and the best part for me, no more love triangle! (My soul weeped with happiness when I realised it was no longer there) Consider me impressed, is it possible to enjoy a sequel so much, that you feel the first should be rewritten to be considered even as great as this one?
Crown of Midnight takes a huge step, jump seems more fitting, away from the plain drama and unnecessary romance. I had a feeling that the whole competition to be the King’s Champion ends up being less significant in regards to the entire plot. Maas opens the story to a bigger, badder and bloodier book, now that we start the book with a blank slate. All the mysteries and trouble evolves into something even worse than a competition and I still can’t believe how much better this was than book one. I finally understood Celaena as an assassin.
The characters are just so much better in this book. While Celaena did irritate me in certain moments, she was still a good character. Dorian, my precious, favourite character, emerges stronger and better with his own secrets and his importance becomes so apparent and so exciting. Chaol, in my opinion, needs to take a damn break and learn to trust Celaena. #TeamDorian here in case you didn’t know.
However, I do believe Maas tends to treat Celaena the Assassin as an idea and makes her more Celaena the Private Investigator. She acts a bit too foolishly sometimes for me to take her assassin title seriously. Overall, Crown of Midnight was a still wild ride. A fast-paced journey that sees Celaena reaching her breaking point and we start to get a glimpse of just how big Maas is making this story.