Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – REVIEW

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas Book CoverCrowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom..Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas Book Cover

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”

After finishing Throne of Glass, I was eager to read Crown of Midnight. It built on the plot threads laid down in book one and developed the characters further. I love the detailed world building in this series and can’t wait to read more about the Fae. Celaena’s character continues to be snarky, stubborn, and kick-ass. She experiences some devastating events in this book that lead to major character growth that felt completely plausible. I would also like to say that I love Fleetfoot! I’m really intrigued by Arobynn too and hope we eventually meet him. 

“It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing.”

My major niggle with this book was the romance between Celaena and Chaol. It didn’t feel believable that Celaena would be that enraged by Chaol withholding information. Surely she, more than anyone, understands why people keep secrets? Plus, Chaol was only doing his job. He wasn’t being deliberately malicious. Their relationship seemed too fleeting to have caused so much devastation. It was perhaps more like infatuation, where everyone’s feelings are heightened and out of proportion. I just didn’t find it plausible how Celaena reacted. 

“But he had no idea what sort of darkness lurked inside her, or what sort of monster she was willing to become in order to make things right.”

I would really like to see Dorian’s character develop further in the next book as he has great potential yet often seems boring. The big reveal at the end signals exciting things to come and I’m confident that subsequent books will continue the addictive world building. I would definitely recommend this book to any fantasy readers, especially those that enjoy YA. I have Heir of Fire ready to start as I just want to stay immersed in this world for as long as possible.

The huge reveal at the end means you’ll want Heir of Fire lined up to read immediately!

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About the Author

 SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Timesbestselling author of the Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; and the Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. 

 

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