Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

If I hadn’t already bought the whole series, I would very happily take the rest of these books off my to-be-read list. But I guess I also have a morbid sense of curiosity, still lingering, though time is dampening it for me.

I did not enjoy these first two books, they felt a little like two parts of one book. I strongly believe that if heavy handed editing had been done and some clichés done away with, this series would not be such a sore spot as it is.

The opening was killer, I honestly only had some tiny problems with it. Celaena seemed for real, and she seemed to know the tricks, and it felt exciting! Even when we discover she’s faking people’s deaths, I was still into it. I lost it when Celaena fell for a pretty face, and then lied to another pretty face— she didn’t tell Chaol what was at risk when she faked these people’s deaths. You should probably tell the guy you’re kinda-sorta in love with that his life is at risk every time you fake someone’s death. (And then definitely keep hooking up with him every time you get the chance. For sure.)

And that’s what seemed to be lacking most in Celaena, her inability to think things through. With all the information she has at her disposal, but, frankly the herculean effort Maas used to keep certain things secret from the reader made the reading a drudge. Interesting dungeons, fun blips of action, and fantastic use of magic do not make up for all that was squandered. If we had been told what I suspected from the beginning, what Celaena’s birth name was, I think we could have had some powerful intrigue and thrills as she decides who to trust, rather than when she tells things to people in contrived drips and drabs to keep people on the edge. This book annoyed me a lot, and was a nail in the coffin for the series, probably. I don’t believe the hype any longer.

And this is a SPOILER, frankly, I’m shocked it wasn’t a surprise twist in the end. And if you’ve been around any blogs that promote diversity in YA fiction, you will probably know this one: the only non-white character, the brown-skinned princess from the southern kingdom, Nehemia, dies and gives her friend, our white assassin-who-doesn’t-kill, a reason to take up the fight. Until that happened, up until the moment Celaena takes up the rebel fight, I was thoroughly convinced Nehemia had faked her own death and was at that moment making it across the empire like Princess Leia from Star Wars. Nehemia turned out to be fully-fledged Magical Negro and that made me so mad and very sad.

How frustrating. What a waste.

Pages: 418
Year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Read: 5 March 2017 to 11 March 2017
Stars: 1 (I disliked it)