By Chloe Sladden Turner
Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. It is just as violent, dramatic and romantic as the first book, with even more tragedy than before. You thought the first book was page turning? You haven’t seen anything yet as competition time is over, now the real games begin.
Celaena Sardothein made it through the torment in one piece, winning the title of the King’s Champion or rather the King’s Assassin. She moves into a lavish room in the Adarlan’s Palace and begins her work of assassinating the King’s enemies.
There’s just one problem, she isn’t actually killing them.
Celaena is secretly trying to convince her assigned targets to leave everything, change their name and flee to where the King can’t find them. She feels it is only a matter of time before the King catches on. The risks she tasks trying not to assassinate her targets gets harder as she is ordered to kill Archer Finn; in just four weeks.
Celaena knows Archer, a fellow highly wanted courtesan from her assassin days and suspected rebel leader. The assassin being on personal terms with her target is going to make it harder to get to him, let alone make him flee Adarlan. Let alone, the connection Archer and the rebels may have with her now good friend, Princess Nehemia.
If this wasn’t enough to further complicate things for Celaena, after ending things with Dorian (who may have some cold-based magic of his own) who she previously thought of giving her affections too out of the two men. This leads to her relationship with Chaol (Captain of the Guard) starting to get serious. She fears she may be falling in love but Chaol only knows half the story on who Celaena was, a slave but not before she became an assassin and what she could be or has a right to be.
Matters then get worse as she also has to start dealing with the mysterious passageways that lead to a mausoleum behind the tapestry in her room. Previously, she discovered it lead to the very mausoleum dedicated to the first king and especially the first Queen Elena of Adarlan’s. Elena has been communicating with Celaena in a sprit type form to get her to discover more about wydemarks and words that may be key to taking down the King. This may also lead Celaena to discover more about her own inherited half-breed powers to help Celaena on her way.
Celaena may have to take on and deal with more than being an assassin as she finds she can no longer hide from her true powers or destiny, and her locked assassin heart can’t stay like that forever.
This book proves the Throne of Glass fantasy series only gets better with time due to the deeper insights into Celaena and her company. I couldn’t put Crown of Midnight down and the cliff-hanger of Chaol’s eventual revelation about Celaena at the end will leave you begging for more.
Trust me, you won’t be able to resist finding out how Celaena will turn out in the third book of the series, Heir of Fire.