Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Book ReviewCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 420
Format: Hardcover

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?

What I thought NEW

“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”

This book! I am so enormously grateful to my friend Kim, who pointed (or rather pushed) me into the right direction and made me read this book. While Throne of Glass was a book I finished in no time at all and utterly fell in love with, Crown of Midnight managed to be even more badass! There was more action, more character development, more surprises, more complications, more sexy, and a huge I-never-saw-it-coming twist.

Celaena was just goddamn badass. There, I said it. There’s no way I would ever mess with her! She became the assassin I expected to see in Throne of Glass, but only got glimpses of. She was even more fierce and more ruthless, and I can honestly say that I’ve never met a character like Celaena Sardothien before. She’s lives up to the title of Ardalan’s  assassin, and as the King’s champion she’s even more ruthless than before. Her confidence and self-assured arrogance is as present as it was in Throne of Glass, as is her flirtatious sense of humour. She’s brutal and never fails to live up to her title. The best part of all, is that despite all the severed heads and bloody scenes that made my skin crawl, she’s still the character that ate near a half pound of candy in the morning that I fell in love with in the first book. She’s so much more than a killer with a pretty face. And as her relationships with Nehemia, Dorian and Chaol develop and grow more intense, it is hard not to like her. I felt for her through the entire story, as did I respect her and wanted to shake some sense in her (though I’d never dare to do so, because I like my head attached, thank you very much!). She truly is one of the best characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and she manages to evoke all feelings you need to feel while reading this book.

And then we have Dorian Havilliard and Chaol Westfall. Where I had no preference in the first book, I started leaning more towards the Captain of the Guard in the sequel. Though, if I’m really honest, I have to admit that I have huge crushes on both of the guys. They each have their part in uncovering the true Celaena and they are characters equally lovable. This series has some of the best characters I’ve ever encountered. Between the characters mentioned above, Fleetwoot’s presence, and a non-living thing that has the uncanny ability to speak, the characters and all their quirks and interactions make this series as epic as it is.

The plot carried some revelations that I never saw coming, and jaw-dropping plot twists that changed the outcome of this story. The plot and the word-building was just out of this world (yes, that good!). We learn a lot about Erilea, Adarlan, and the history of the country, and also delve some deeper into the Fea magic, and magic on itself.

There are really no words for how much of an impact Crown of Midnight has influenced my love for this series. While it was in my top 10 after reading Throne of Glass, I am very pleased to say that it now moved up to first place. Within the fantasy genre, this is the best read I’ve ever read. Its the best fantasy world, with a somewhat darker atmosphere, a lot of mystery, magic, and above all amazing characters!

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  1. YEAH! I’m so glad you enjoyed this Iris! <3 I just finished Throne of Glass last night, and I LOVED it; so I’m really glad to hear that Crown of Midnight was even (*gasp*) better! I too was enthralled by Celaena’s story…and I can’t wait to see what the sequel holds! I’ll definitely have to get on that pronto! ;) Thanks for another brilliant review Iris! xD

    • Iris
      21/01/2014 / 23:10

      You hadn’t read it yet either? Haha, I felt so bad for not reading it yet and was so being scolded by friends! I can’t believe I didn’t read it sooner, because this series *sigh* its amazing!

      Celaena’s story is really enthralling, and becomes even more so in Crown of Midnight, so go read it! :D

      Thank you for your sweet words Zoe! You never fail to make my day <3

  2. 21/01/2014 / 19:20


    You know how much I love this and I'm happy that Crown of Midnight is now also your favorite fantasy series.

    I agree with your entire review. I'm a huge Chaol and Celaena shipper, but I liked Dorian so much more in Crown of Midnight than in ToG. Both guys are equally lovable indeed, but still, Chaol and Celeana is my ship. The plot and worldbuilding was really amazing and the TWIST. I did NOT see that coming! Definitely a jaw-dropping twist.

    Anyway, I can't wait for Heir of Fire. I need it now! And hey, we should definitely start this Sarah J. Maas fanclub. And somehow get money for a plane ticket for her so she can come sign her books in the Netherlands. And bring Chaol with her ;) That would be the best! :D

    • Iris
      21/01/2014 / 23:27

      Those boys will be the death of me for sure! They’re so freaking swoonable and *sigh* lovable.

      The TWIST! That twist, I’m sure I resembled a fish with my mouth wide agape. I did not see it coming at all!

      We need Heir of Fire, I can’t believe we have to wait until freaking September! (I’ll be turning 20 that month… *is getting old!* haha). A definite YES to the fanclub. Lets get Sarah to The Netherlands and let her bring her swoony boys with her *drools*

      I was thinking, maybe we need to ask a bookstore or big library if they are interested in hosting an event or something… That would be totally awesome! Maybe we could end up planning some events and all and bringing our favourite authors to our humble country ;)

      Now that would be Epic!

  3. 22/01/2014 / 21:37

    I turn 22 in august so now you are making me feel really old haha :P
    It would really be epic if she could come here, but no idea how we should go about this. It would be best if a Dutch publisher would just publish her books (why don’t they!) so they can bring her haha.

    • Iris
      23/01/2014 / 23:26

      Whahaha, well I don’t mean to make you feel old! Okay… I’ll call myself old once I pass the 29 mark! That way we’re both safe *winks*

      I can’t believe that this series hasn’t been published yet in the Netherlands! They really should… and of course an event would be a huge benefit for us! Lets just start the fan club for now :) haha

  4. 08/02/2014 / 18:11

    Yes! I loved Crown of Midnight! I’m still major Team Dorian. I can’t wait to read Heir of Fire this fall! I definitely agree with you on how much more kick-butt Celeana was in this book!

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