Crown of Midnight is the second novel in Sarah Maas' Throne of Glass series. The book picks up after Celeana has been named the King's Champion, and she defeated the evil within the castle only to discover something more sinister is happening. This book opens with her carrying out one of the King's orders. All this time Celeana has been giving her marks an option to fake their death and leave or she kills them. When she is given an order to kill a former associate, she decides to try and gather more information about a rebel uprising. While looking for secrets and answers Celeana stumbles upon another passageway leading to a big iron door. Throughout the book, she discovers a throng of secrets being held from her, even from those who are the closest to her: Crown Prince Dorian, Princess Nehemia, and Captain of the Guard Chaol. Who can she trust, if anyone? What lies underneath the castle? What kind of secrets is the King himself keeping?
There are no words to describe this novel, it was so engrossing I actually stayed up until 2 A.M reading the book because I couldn't wait to see what happens to Celeana and her friends. Crown of Midnight is chalk full of secrets including Celeana's own secrets. We get a lot more information in this novel, but there are still a number of questions left open for the next novel. The end was surprising and left readers craving more, Maas expertly closes one story and opens the door for the next installment. She completely blows fans away with the ending of this novel. Everything in the novel feels like it happens naturally and isn't forced. Everything unravels perfectly until the perfect cliffhanger ending.
The beginning of the book starts out slow and appears to be about political agendas, but as the book progresses into the story line, it picks up the pace. I admit I was one of the girls that was hoping for something to happen between Chaol and Celeana, but who knows what the future will hold for these two. There is nothing predictable about this book, there are so many twists and turns you would think you are on a country road in West Virginia. There is not one moment when you are not on the edge of your seat waiting for what will happen next. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
Some books that show a political side tend to make it difficult to read or understand, but not the Throne of Glass series, Maas makes it interesting as she weaves it into the story of magic and what happened to magic of the land. I cannot begin to recommend this book enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and cannot wait to move on to the next one Heir of Fire. I give this novel a 5 out of 5 star rating. Excellent.