Released: August 27th 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #2
“What I especially liked about this book is that although this series is written and targeted towards Young Adults, the plot and the language used in these novels doesn’t underestimate young reader’s intelligences. Maas doesn’t dumb her novels down and that’s why they work so well for adult readers as well.”
~ Under the Covers
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is the second book in the highly popular Throne of Glass series. There’s a reason why these books are so well-loved. Maas’ writing continues to blow my mind. With her eloquent dialogue and detailed descriptions, you really feel as if you have been transported in time and into a totally different world.
Calaena continues to be a forced to be reckoned with. Now crowned as the King’s Champion, she kills for the king and while this saves her own life and gives her a steady income, the king has become paranoid and believes everyone is a threat to him and his throne. As he asks Calaena to dispatch people one by one, she comes across one name that shocks her because the truth of the matter is, she hasn’t been killing these people at all. She’s been letting them run and hide but when her next assignment involves someone from her past, Calaena wonders how long she can keep her secret.
Calaena remains an interesting character. My issues with her being too arrogant and cold in the first book are still present in there but I can already see a change in her happening. As she develops some relationships (with Chaol especially) you get to see the more softer, vulnerable side to her. You even get to see it when she’s just hanging around with her dog. All these little scenes are so important for a character like her because it can so easily fall into “too cold” territory where characters with her profession are concerned. She actually kind of reminds me with Gin Blanco from Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series, so if you’re a fan of one, you’ll probably enjoy the other.
What I especially liked about this book is that although this series is written and targeted towards Young Adults, the plot and the language used in these novels doesn’t underestimate young reader’s intelligences. Maas doesn’t dumb her novels down and that’s why they work so well for adult readers as well. This Fantasy world that Maas as created can so easily translate over various age groups, touching on various issues and politics that everyone can relate to or find intriguing in one way or the other. I think that’s been the key to success for this series. I look forward to reading the next book and finding out what happens next!
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