Review of Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

27 08 2013

Let me be frank and say that I hopped on the band wagon for this series a little late. I read Throne of Glass just last month and became instantly hooked! I’m glad I happened upon this lovely ARC thanks to Literary Lushes ARC Tours.

Seriously, it was SO GOOD.

crown of midnight Finished: August 22th, 2013
Published: August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
POV: Third Person
Number of Pages: 416

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?”

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The much awaited sequel to Throne of Glass was heartachingly tragic and beautiful. It is right up there on devastating sequels with Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor (which still leaves an ache in my chest). I was lost in this story once I got a hold of it and after an annoying intervention with life, finally sat down and read almost the entire book in one night. Seriously guys, this book is worth the wait!

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Celaena: Poor Celaema goes through a lot in this book. I’m not going to say what because they are MEGA spoilers, but she really does hit a couple emotional and psychological low points. My heart broke for her as betrayals and tragedies struck her again and again, but I’m glad that she eventually got it all together and kept up the strong powerful assassin we all know and love.

Chaol: I love Chaol. I’ve been in love with him since the first book and he won my heart over even more in this book. He’s softened up tremendously in this book since he started giving in to his feelings. There are some sexy scenes in here…just saying. He’s my favorite of her love interests and opens up a lot more. Gone is the silent seemingly always angry Captain of the Guard and now there is a delicious sweet heart finally opening himself up to love again.

Dorian: Dorian has his own surprises in this book and though he more or less disappears as a love interest, he still has his own plot line he has to deal with. The guy is finally growing balls against his father, they’re small now, but I expect great things from him in the next book.

Nehemia: She is brilliant and frustrating and loveable and absolutely secretive to a fault. The princess has her own set of secrets.

Archer: He is a new character and a courtesan. A sexy and devious courtesan. I had an off feeling about him since the beginning of the book and though his ridiculous good looks are really distracting (in a good way) there is more than meets the eye with this man of the night.

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The book takes place a little after Celaena is crowned the King’s Champion. The main point of this plot is Celaena’s struggle to save her targets without the King knowing and discovering what evil plan the ancient Queen Elena tells her that another evil threatens to destroy her world.

This book was a serious page turner! As more discoveries and twists and turns were unveiled, I found mself completely lost in this series onace again. Seriously guys, there are so many heart crushing scenes/truths (as there should be in the second book of a trilogy) that I can’t even keep them all in track.

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Overall I absolutely adored this book filled with deception, turmoil, secrets, and a surprising death that threatens to change everything in Celaena’s world. Everyone who read Throne of Glass will love this sequel and no doubt stay awake wondering what will happen next. 5 out of 5 stars!

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Support the author and buy the book wherever books are sold (or borrow it from your library).

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