Crown of Midnight
Sarah J. Maas ★★★/★ (Throne of Glass #2)
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Read my review for Throne of Glass (#1)
I have joined the ToG train and finished the second book of the series by Sarah J. Maas: Crown of Midnight. By the end of this novel, I can confidently say that I am hooked. Ready to let go of reality and dive into the remaining novels, I await for my read of the series. Before jumping to my review, I want to remind you that after reading Maas' ACOTAR series, my expectations for this one were and are incredibly high. Thus, I may have set my standards relatively high and become more critical when reading this series. Unfortunately, the second book did not reach these standards (yet?). However, being familiar with Maas' slow starts, I expect the series to improve and develop in the following novels.
Magic of threes: This novel is...⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Intriguing - The novel continuously proposes new plot twists and developments that have the reader captivated and hooked by the end of the first few chapters. Although some of the events are predictable, the majority of the novel remains a surprise. I continued to sit at the edge of my seat, flipping through the pages with eager eyes. This novel does not reveal all of its secrets at once, but rather, each page offers something new, fresh, and mysterious.
- Character oriented - As said, Sarah J Maas' novel introduces plot divisions and an eccentric storyline. Yet, lots of character development can be found. Compared to book one, we are given more backstory, more motives, and more in-depth characterisation of the protagonists and antagonists. The novel narrates in third person, which allows the reader to jump from one character's thoughts and point of view to another. Personally, I enjoyed the jump to the King's perspective, which allowed an insightful narration of Caelena and her companions. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Only the start - I can feel the build up of tension and characterisation and I am having the same feelings of anticipation, yet dissatisfaction, as I did after reading the first book of the ACOTAR series. I'm particularly interested (and hoping) in some stronger character dynamics (hopefully some more wit and romance), because the current relationships feel bland and forced. Also, I hope to see more of Caelena's backstory and character development. This is where my stars for this novel fell short. Nevertheless, I am hopeful for the next novels to clear up these gaps and improve character dynamics.