Review of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of MidnightCrown of Midnight
By Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: August 27th 2013

Thank you Stephanie from Read, Rinse, Repeat for letting me borrow this book!

My Rating:

This is book two of a series, it will contain possible spoilers for book one, Throne of Glass. If you’ve not read it yet check out my review here.

Summary (via Goodreads):
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt. But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

My Take:
In good fantasy the author has successfully created a world and characters that the reader can relate to- though they are capable of fantastic feats in a world with different boundaries than our own. Great fantasy has the reader so enraptured with the author’s creation that it becomes real. In essence convincing the audience that somewhere this world inhabited by those characters exists (even if only in our imagination).  Maas has created great fantasy with her latest installment of the Throne of Glass series.

Crown of Midnight starts off slowly, easing the reader back into the Celaena’s story and world. Now that she is the King’s Champion her life is different, her most pressing problem the King and his list of targets to assassinate. She has to slip under his radar yet keep her sense of self and adhere to her own morals.

Maas did an amazing job giving depth and realistic flaws to her main cast of characters. Celaena still felt the weight and stress of her role but she also felt that she was a coward and dealt with her own self doubt. Favorites from the last book, Chaol, Nehemia and Prince Dorian all play as important of a role in this latest installment.  Maas developed their characters even further as we see Celaena interact with them.

About midway the pacing took off and I was totally held captive by Maas’ words as the stakes got ever higher and I truly couldn’t see how our characters would get out of the mess they found themselves. I cried, I stressed, I flip flopped between emotions while being completely glued to the story.

Final Thoughts:
I enjoyed Crown of Midnight more than Throne of Glass because I connected more with the characters and had the backstory behind their actions. I loved where Maas has taken this series and am so excited and eager for the next book.

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  1. says

    I’m so jealous of you! And so happy to hear that you loved the book!
    I can’t wait till the eBook lands in my eReader! I’m gonna spend the day devouring the book!

  2. says

    I think I enjoyed this more than the first book too, and I really didn’t think that could be possible! I understand what you mean about flipping through different emotions. I could barely keep up with mine! I can’t wait to read the next book now. Fantastic review. 🙂


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