REVIEW: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

September 6, 2013

 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?

*I received this book as a review copy from Bloomsbury for a honest review in return. Thank you * 

Crown of Midnight was a wave of emotions. The feels killed me and to be honest I can't really explain this novel in just a few paragraphs. I was worried that Crown of Midnight might suffer the second book syndrome but Crown of Midnight was even better then Throne of Glass. When reading Throne of Glass it took me a while to get into, (but once I did, I was hooked) but when I began the sequel I was hooked from the get go. 

Crown of Midnight shows a more in depth, grittier, assassin like side of Celaena. All the scars from her past came to surface and she was a lot darker. Saying this I really enjoyed seeing this side of her because it allowed me as a reader to connect with both her arrogant, flirty and brave side but her also her vulnerable side. And I found this to be a lot more realistic.

Once again I was drawn to the fantasy aspect of this novel. It gets creepier and creepier. Crown of Midnight had sad moments, action packed moments, jaw dropping moments and swoon worthy moments. Let's just say that this book is for Chaol fans and thank god for that.  *FEELS OVERLOAD*.

The world building in Crown of Midnight is spot on. I was drawn in from page one and my mind didn’t want to be anywhere else. As I mentioned, the pacing in Crown of Midnight is fantastic. I hate slow paced novels and this one had the right mix of everything to keep me on my toes and no boring parts were to be found. I gobbled it up in a day and was left with a major book hangover once I’d finished it.

All though this novel was awesome I felt that the ending just kinda hit me. A big reveal happened literally on the last page and it was a OMG WHAAA I CANT EVEN BELIEVE *FEELS OVERLOAD* moment but it felt rushed to me. It wasn’t lead into, it just happened and threw me a bit. I was then like ‘Sarah why must you mess with my emotions? Talk about cliffhanger’. 

But I think everything was turned up a notch in the sequel and was done perfectly so. The hinted romance took a bigger part, there were more feels, more sadness, more action and more scary weird creatures. Crown of Midnight just made my love for the series turn up a notch too. I REALLY enjoyed Throne of Glass and I would have been happy if it was of the same standard, but instead Maas delivered so much more and knocked my socks off. It’s a really gripping series that has something for everyone and I can see a lot of people loving it as well. So basically if you are like me who was hesitant and nervous to begin this series.... Just pick it up.   

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  1. Oooh, great review! I might pick up this book sometime in the future because your review really makes me want to read it. :)

  2. Wow this sounds pretty awesome!
    Haven't heard of this series (I'm very far behind aren't I?)
    Have you done a review of Throne of Glass?
    Thanks for an awesome review, will have to add this to my TBR pile :D
    Zoë from

    I'm so glad Celaena is grittier in this one, I thought she was a bit unrealistic in ToG.
    Great that you enjoyed it and WHAT DO YOU MEAN CHAOL FANS?? Is something happening with Chaol and Celaena. Why must you tease me Sunny?!
    I'm actually buying the book tomorrow so yay for me :) Brilliant review Sunny!
    Tilly @ Hardcore Heroines

  4. I know what you mean about Throne of Glass I had trouble getting into to it at first as its one of those books that I really don't read very often. But once I did, I loved it. Crown of Midnight was specifically for Chaol, I love him so much and it was definitely one of the best sequels I've read/ Lovely review, Sunny!

  5. Great review! Indeed everything was better in this sequel, the mystery, the romance, the characters.. As Chaol fan I was very happy with the first part of the book, but after a certain event not so much if you know what I mean..

    Eveline's Books

  6. Great review sista! I am dying to get into this series and I think I'll read Throne of Glass after The 5th Wave. I've heard so many good things about this

  7. Yes to everything, Sunny! Crown of Midnight was so fantabulous and it was definitely better than Throne of Glass. I agree, so many feels, especially the romance! I feel like we definitely got to understand Celaena better, too. So happy you LOVED this! Great review :)

  8. I loved this book too and I agree, my emotions were all over the place. I was a bit disappointed in Celaena's reaction to something, I thought she really overreacted (what if she wasn't stopped)? And the ending. It. Killed. Me. These cliffhangers. Ahhh! Sarah Maas better write as fast as she possibly can. Great review! ~Pam

  9. Fab review Sunny! You basically described how I felt throughout it, my emotions were scattered everywhere! Ahhh, that ending! But, I completely agree with how we got a more in-depth look at Celeana.

  10. Great to hear that the sequel was even better than the first book, which I can't wait to read! I've heard so many good things, thanks for letting me know that it even gets better.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  11. I loved this one too and feel the same way about the ending

  12. Yaaaaaaay so happy to see your review :D Wasn't it just freaking awesome? I still can't get my head around the ending but my favourite part of the book is how easy it is to cross a line within yourself and the side we see of Celaena is brilliant :)


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