Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Publication Date: August 15th 2013
Rating: 5 unquestionable stars
If they wanted Adarlan's assassin, they'd get her. And Wyrd help them when she arrived.I really wish I didn't have to review this book, because how can I put the utter brilliance and masterful plotting into words? If you haven't read this yet, fix that now. Seriously. You shall not be disappointed.
Because I can't put everything into elaborate words, I'm just going to give you a list of all the things I loved:
The characters. They were so tangible and real, so complex and flawed: it was fantastic. I couldn't help but love Celaena in all her arrogance and adore Chaol - oh, Chaol- in all his sweetness. I've always preferred Chaol over Dorian, but YOU GUYS. He was made of awesome in this book. And I actually kind of liked Dorian as well. I don't know why, but I just disliked him in Throne of Glass. His character really comes into power in this book, and of course, there were plot twists and surprises and losses that made him a much stronger character - actually, it made every character much stronger.
The plotting. Magnificent. Maas really went crazy with the plot and I love it. The twists were well placed and had me gasping. I guess I should have seen some of them coming, but I never did. I always figured out what was going on at the exact same time Celaena did, so props for that! And oh, guys, there was a certain twist that I did NOT see coming at all and I was gasping and going omg, omg, nonono. You'll recognize it when you get there. Pure brilliance, and Maas has guts. The plot was absolutely insane and big and awesome.
The writing. Maas' writing fits the book incredibly well. It has a certain regal flare to it, which is extremely appropiate as the book revolves around the events that take place in the castle. I gobbled it up.
The romance. The romance had the exact right pace: not too slow, not too quick. It was completely believable. And whenever they had an argument or anything, it wasn't just to fill the book with angst (in fact, you'll find very little of that, if not none at all), but for a real, plausible reason.
The plot. Just because it was so good that I had to mention it again.
The eerie feel to the book. Okay, it's not all that eerie, but I read a certain scene that takes place in a certain tomb on my own in the dark and I was immensely creeped out. I do not recommend doing that, as you'll probably have trouble sleeping afterward.
In all, this book was just perfection. Per-fect. Absolutely and utterly perfect. The plot was insanely good and the twists had me guessing and gasping over and over again. The characters were very real in their thoughts, flaws, and actions, and I really just want to eat this book. It was so good.