Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Posted August 9, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury on August 15th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 418
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.

5 Stars

Ho – ly – crap. Are you reading this series yet? If not, get on that stat. Whereas I loved Throne of Glass and only had one minor issue with the whole book that ultimately didn’t take away from my enjoyment at all… Crown of Midnight does it so much better. This book is amazing. I loved every second of it, and putting it down was physically painful. And writing this review is even more painful, because… how am I supposed to achieve a good review without spoiling anything? Ugh.

Crown of Midnight is split into two parts. The first focuses on Celaena adjusting to her role as the King’s Champion, taking out the targets and…. the romance. Chaol and Celaena. I can’t with them. So perfect. Seriously. This romance is amazing, and I don’t say that often. Think perfect build up, perfect tension, perfect banter, perfect feels, and I still don’t come close to doing the two of them justice. You need to read this love story. It’s just… extraordinary. Thanks to them, my standard for romance is soaring through the roof. It’s called OTP. I can’t get enough of these two. Let’s go on a mini-GIF adventure!

Me =

At the end of part one and into part two, the action kicks it up a notch. My hesitance with Throne of Glass was that it never really shocked me. Crown of Midnight fixed this. Think plot twists, thrilling action-packed battles, intrigue, mystery, and a story that for a while you really don’t know where it’s going – in a good way. I can’t go into it for fear of spoilers so… magic, demons, secrets, DEATH, vengeance. That’s how I can sum up the plot. At parts, it totally ripped my heart up. I had tears in my eyes. I was gasping, screaming, furiously turning the pages. The ending kind of broke my heart and at the same time made me absolutely desperate for the next book. WHY MUST IT BE A YEAR? *cries*

And the very, very end (as in, very last page)? I totally called that halfway through, but mostly because I considered it while reading and thought it would be so awesome if it happened. And it did. So it wasn’t too surprising, but I was cheering with my fist in the air. All in all, the plot was awesome and addictive, and I loved every bit of it.

Across the board, Chaol, Celaena, and Dorian get more and more depth as characters. I love reading about each of them, because it’s really this gradual progression of getting to know them. It’s wonderfully crafted. And it’s not just our heroes, but also the side characters and villains. I love how Sarah J. Maas crafts her characters. I couldn’t call a single one of them one-dimensional. That’s major talent right there.

The writing is still super fluid and compelling, and the world building keeps improving!! Of course I can’t really get into that either, for fear of spoilers. Umm… magic, lineage, politics, and more. asdjfkl; I’m sorry this review is such a fail. But just, just… read this book. Start the series. Get to this book. It’s worth it.

Summing Up:

Well. I somehow managed to keep that spoiler free. But sadly this very badly represents the book. TL;DR: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME READ IT *KEYBOARD SMASH*. Then repeat that 203845 times. That’s this review. Summed up. Celaena is one of my favorite main characters of all time. Celaena and Chaol are one of my favorite couples of all time. This series is one of my favorites of all time. That’s reason enough to give it a shot, right?

Please? Pretty please?

GIF it to me straight!

It’s just been a while since I’ve been so fiercely in love with a book.

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Special Thanks

A special thanks x 1 million to Judith, who managed to stumble across this book in Amsterdam before it was released officially and deigned to buy and ship me a copy. You are amazing. You don’t even know.

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15 responses to “Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

  1. YES. *applauds* Crown Of Midnight was easily one of my favorite books of 2013. It was literally PERFECT. Chaol and Celaena were just so amazing together that I found myself squealing like a fangirl most of the time. Like you said, the build up, the tension, the amusingly hilarious banter I LOVED IT. Every. Single. Second. Of it. The ending I saw coming sort of. Halfway through the novel when there was mention of it I kinda suspected and during the last couple of pages I knew. But it was an awesome surprise anyways 😀 I seriously do not know how I'm going to survive till the next book because I want more Chaol and Celaena. Also, I loved how dramatic Sarah J. Mass left the ending. Great review! 🙂
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  2. "You don't even know." Dude, I just saved you from heart break and ARC envy and having to WAIT. I know. Hahaha. No just kidding. I CAN'T EVEN WITH YOUR REVIEW. HOW DO I READ AOY AND THE BONE SEASON BEFORE THIS DEBBY HOWWWWWW. Celaena + Chaol. I WILL DIEEEEEEEEEEE. More romance, more action, more depth. *INSERT FEELS HERE* ASDFIOPDSJFSDIOPA

    Aaaaaand I will be singing Bohemian Rhapsody for the rest of the evening. Thanks for that.
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  3. Aw man, yeah, I think this book is #7 now in my 2013 ranking of books I've read. So great. Just asdfjkl;. That romace is KILLING ME. I need more of it. More more more. Thanks 🙂


    Hah, I haven't read the novellas, but I guess now I will have to. I'm so into this series. Putting it on the to-do list!

  5. Haha, I'm so sorry if this is making the wait worse for you but AHHH you will love this so much! Just a bit longer to wait! Can't wait to gush over it with you 🙂



  7. Have you read The Assasin’s Blade? If not I strongly recommend you give it a look, preferably BEFORE you read Heir of Fire because it really gives a lot of insight into Celaena and especially awesome because we get to meet SAM!


    I'm reading the fourth book, Queen of Shadows, right now and it's 9000 times more amazing than the second book (if that's possible)!!! Definitely get your hands on the new book!!!