Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

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Celaena is now the King’s Champion. She must do his bidding for the next four years, and then she is officially free, her crimes forgiven. While in his service, she gives the impression she is loyal, and nothing more than a viscous killer. But she harbors a dangerous secret, that if known could be her death. When her next target, a suspected Rebel, is someone she knows, Celaena becomes determined to find out why the King want’s her old acquaintance dead. Convinced he has the wrong man, her investigation leads her to more questions and secrets. Eventually the spirit of the first queen of Adarlan once again tasks her with a mission: find the source of the King’s power. But not all is as it seems in the Glass Castle, it soon becomes clear she and her friends are all keeping secrets. Secrets that could destroy relationships and even lives. Can Celaena unravel the mystery of the source of the King’s power and the origins of the secret rebellion before it’s too late? Or will it cost her the lives of those she holds most dear?

All the characters from the first book are back, and their are a couple of new ones too. We get Celaena, Chal and Dorian as our main POV characters, but like before we get a few random chapters from other characters POV, particularly one near the end of the King. I didn’t say this last time, but I really like this choice by the author. I’m sick of first person POV books that never leave the main protagonist because it limits the action and scenes you can have and can get old quickly. This allows for different views on the same situation and to have different things, and plots, going on at the same time.

While I liked this one better than the first I think, there’s still just something about it that keeps it from being a full four stars for me. It’s something with the pacing and flow, or the writing. I don’t know. Hard to put my finger on it exactly. I’m going to give it Three and a 3/4 Lightsabers, which is a first since I usually deal in half stars when something doesn’t quite measure up. It was better than the last one, but still not quite four star if that makes sense.

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