Early Book Review | Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013 4:30 AM

Series: Throne of Glass #2

Format: e-ARC

Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 432

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?

*Warning – Contains spoilers from Throne of Glass*

I just recently read and LOVED Throne of Glass (you can find my review HERE) so I was absolutely ecstatic to get approved to read Crown of Midnight a little bit early.

In Throne of Glass we get to see Celaena compete to become the King’s Champion in exchange for her eventual freedom and in Crown of Midnight we get to see everything that being the King’s Champion entails.

As the King’s Champion, it is now Celaena’s responsibility to execute anyone the King deems a threat. However, Celaena hasn’t been killing the people the King has asked her to, instead she has been giving them the choice to die or disappear and live. Celaena must figure out what the King is up to before he finds out that she hasn’t been killing her targets because if the King found out what she was doing he would have her and everyone she cared about killed.

You would think that an assassin wouldn’t be a very easy character to relate to, but Celaena is extremely easy to like. Even though her job is to kill people, she is a very loyal and caring friend that will do anything to protect those she loves. Chaol is another person that I adore; I love how protective he is over Celaena.

This book has so many twists and turns that you will not expect. There were quite a few things that happened is this book that stunned me to the extent that I had to put the book down to catch my breath and come to terms with what had just happened. Even though I was surprised and heartbroken with what had occurred I can understand why it was written this way, Celaena needed that push to get to where she needed to be.

Once again I’m absolutely amazed by the world that Sarah J Maas created. Sarah’s writing is astonishing, these characters and this world will completely draw you in. This is one series that you do not want to miss.



  1. Oh no, now you have me worried. Heartbroken? I really want to read this book! ~Pam

  2. Glad to hear this sequel does not disappoint, even though it had some emotional parts. I still need to read Throne of Glass!

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland


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