It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
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.
Calaena has her own agenda but to defy the King would mean death. So does she keep her head down and slay those who might be traitors and if she does, will the King be true to his word and set her free once her contract is up? However, there's more to Court life than it appears and although magic has left the land, Calaena knows only too well it can be summoned but there's a cost, and this time it's the ultimate price!
This was a very good sequel to Throne of Glass with mystery, tension, and exciting action although it took a while to really get going. I loved seeing just what Calaena was capable of but as far as romance is concerned, I do wish Ms Maas would make her mind up! Love triangles can be so irksome as characters are played off against each other. I did kind of guess the big reveal at the end as it made sense.
The three central characters do seem to develop in this episode and feel slightly less one dimensional and yes, mistakes are made but it really opens up for what is still to come. Clearly the King is evil but it's pretty obvious he's not the only one with nefarious intentions and reading who gets caught in the crossfire was a shock. I'm sure for many readers it will be very emotional but no brooding allowed with this author, as its payback time!
Crown of Midnight is fantasy aimed at those who don't want stories bogged down by endless sex scenes. I'm loving the new characters that appeared in it and Mort is a hoot! There's even a nod to legends of the Baba Yaga but you just know it's the Fae that intrigue me the most; and it would seem we just might learn more about them as the Throne of Glass series continues.