Crown of Midnight – Review

To escape death, she’d become death…


Wow, wow, wow.

Seriously. That’s all I can say about Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

“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 as 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.

Okay Sarah J. Maas is perfection. Seriously. When I finished Throne of Glass a few days ago, I liked it, but I didn’t get the crazy love everyone has for the series.

I get it know, wholeheartedly.

Crown of Midnight was just spectacular. Where we left off in Throne of Glass, we had more questions than answers. Crown of Midnight answers some of those questions, but those answers only lead to OH MY GOSH, WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NOW!? moments.

In this book, Celaena’s dark side truly comes out. She is fierce and wicked and beautiful and entirely unforgiving in a terrifying way. She’s like a dark seductress that Chaol can’t resist. And Chaol. Oh, poor man, I really sympathized with his highs and his lows this entire book. He gets in some really sticky places, and his situation only slightly improves by the end of this book. Dorian, I’m still on the fence about. Half the time, when he’s struck by the darkness in Celaena, I’m like: HELLO, SHE’S AN ASSASSIN, MIND YOU. The other times, I’m crying for him because he’s just so confused about who and what he is. There’s a lot of interesting history about our main characters and their antagonists revealed, but again, like in Throne of Glass, I’m left feeling like there’s so much I don’t know. Sarah J. Maas does this amazing onion effect where every time you peel away one layer, you’re left with a million more. It’s beautiful. 

The plot was seamless. Unlike in the first book, where I felt like the middle got a bit bogged down, this one was always moving, always progressing towards the next Big Event/Revelation; and really, the book felt it was only made up of Big Events/Revelations. This really gives it an amazing momentum. Another thing I really love about Sarah J. Maas’ writing style is that each book doesn’t act like its own (if that makes sense). Everything is moving towards this one BIG EVENT and I feel like if the sheer size wouldn’t overwhelm and intimidate people, Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight could just be one huge, mammoth book. What’s working spectacularly here is that there’s a sense of continuation that isn’t being broken up despite the separate books. There’s no shift in focus or conflict, but rather, we’re only just seeing what’s happening under all these layers.

For me, the characters won this book, and I feel personally invested in what’s going to happen next. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anymore books this month, with four already on the way, but how can I resist?


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