Second in the series, Crown of Midnight blows its slightly-better-than-average preceding novel out of the water.
Celeana Sardothian is now the King’s Champion but her problems are far from over as she must do the heart-of-stone King’s bidding, killing men he claims are traitors. When the King tasks Celeana to kill a familiar face right in their own backyard of Riftfold, she realizes that being the King’s Champion has thrown her deeper into the tumultuous kingdom. In the midst of traitors, death, and sleeping magic Celeana must sort through her ever complicating feelings between the Captain of the Guard and the Crown Prince.
Last week I spoke about Throne of Glass, Maas’s debut. All the concerns I had about that that novel are non-existent here and all the things I loved are amped up. Celeana continues to be a dynamic, developing, head-strong character. Readers will fall even further in love with her sassiness, if that’s even possible.
Maas has a very magical sleeve full of an infinite amount of secrets and plot twists. I have high expectations for the rest of the series. I was pleasantly surprised at many points in the novel.
The romance is also amped up a bit in Crown of Midnight. Maas creates the perfect amount of angst and swooning without turning the story sappy or undermining Celeana’s independence.
Overall, Maas perfectly executes the adage it gets better with practice. Her first novel was that practice and I can only see things getting better from there, starting with Crown of Midnight.