Review: Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

I have reviewed this book before in the form of a discussion review. This is my own personal review written directly after reading.

Review: Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Published: August 27th 2013
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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Do not finish this book at lunchtime and have to go back to work. That is the very first thing I can tell you, the very first thing that comes to mind when I think of Crown of Midnight because of HOLY CRAP!

If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times, I’m not a fantasy reader. I’ve tried it and have been successful a handful of times but unsuccessful just as much. It isn’t my usual jam. But if all fantasy books could be written like Crown of Midnight I would become a convert in a heartbeat. I mean did I say Holy. Crap. yet?? Because…Holy. Crap.

Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass trilogy which features our favorites Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, Nehemia and that adorable dog Fleetfoot. Celaena is now the King’s Champion and with that comes a level of responsibility. Trying to work towards her own freedom and keep the people she has come to care about safe, Celaena is waking a very dangerous line, but a line she sees fit to balance. But as Celaena is far too aware of, not everything is as it seems. And when one single night changes everything for her and those she loves Celaena decides it is time to take no prisoners no matter what the cost to her.

So my summary does the book no justice. I mean how could it when this book is filled with awesome, and awesome that I definitely do not want to give away. There are some major twists and turns, some I saw coming, and some I didn’t, but it is something you need to read for yourself to find out what they are. What I can tell you is that Maas is a genius for getting me to love this series the way she has with her writing, for getting me as invested in these characters the way that she has, and for getting me to want to read anything and everything she writes. And considering if you look at my auto-buy list and see that all the others are just about contemporary authors you’ll truly see what this means.

I could gush and gush and gush. I could tell you how much anxiety I felt reading part of this story. I could tell you about the time I cried on the train reading this book (true story!). But honestly, they are just words. All you need to know is that this book does not suffer from second book syndrome. It actually makes the story stronger when all is said and done. In the end, you will be clamoring for the final part because Crown of Midnight will get you invested no matter what you tell yourself. A DEFINITE must read series!

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6 Comments

  1. I think you’re a fantasy reader now 😉 😉 but YES! I liked Throne of Glass but each book in this series gets better. Crown of Midnight really stepped it up a notch! Looking forward to binge reading these again one day 🙂

  2. I feel like ending your review with “Forever and ever and ever and always” would be utterly appropriate. It makes me SO happy that even though you didn’t think you were a fantasy reader (which has clearly not turned out to be the case), Crown of Midnight was a read you loved. <3

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