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.
Since we left Throne of Glass, Celaena Sardothien is doing her job as the King’s Champion. In other words, she’s killing people that the king feels shouldn’t live. Her new target is a former friend from the Assassin’s Guild and she’s faced with the decision about whether or not to trust him.
The story takes a more complicated turn when Elena, a former queen that is long-since dead asks Celaena to find the source behind the king’s power. Who is Celaena to deny the request of this former queen? This quest for answers puts Celaena in a lot of danger and brings up questions that she may not yet be ready to answer.
In this book we finally see Celaena and Chaol getting closer, which adds some tension to the relationship between Dorian and Celaena. We definitely see a different side of Celaena once this begins to happen just because she kind of forgot about Dorian’s feelings. All the drama is going on well and good until a major twist happens in the story and Celaena can no longer trust Chaol.
“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.” – Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight
More twists and turns happen in the plot line that makes this book absolutely, without a doubt, impossible to put down. I read it in a single sitting because I had to know what happened next.
“They wanted Adarlan’s Assasin, they’d get her. And Wyrd help them when she arrived.” – Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight
In this installation of the series we learn much more about the world in which the novels are taking place. Erilea, Adarlan, and the history of the country are developed exponentially – which leaves us craving more. We delve deeper into the Fae magic and get a sense of the darker atmosphere that is overtaking the world.
I can’t even express how much I loved this book. It’s absolutely, without a doubt, one of my favourites. Sarah J Maas continues to impress with this book and her writing skills and storyline just keep getting better. The realization that there are going to be six or seven in this series and I’m already this engrossed by book two is just maddening. I need them all now!