| BOOK REVIEW | CROWN OF MIDNIGHT BY SARAH J. MAAS

Crown Of MidnightCrown Of Midnight
Author : Sarah J. Maas
Series : Throne Of Glass
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : September 2nd 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 15th 2013)

This is the second book in the Throne Of Glass series. This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the first book.

Synopsis : An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt but her heart never wavers

Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance—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 decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie … and whom she is willing to fight for.

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I am so glad I decided to reread the first two books in this series before reading the novellas and Heir Of Fire ! I buddy read it with Donna from chocolatenwafflesblog ! And that was really nice to be able to share our thoughts about it !

Plot

It takes place months after Throne Of Glass’ ending. Celeana is going on deadly missions for the King, as his champion.

The best lies were always mixed with truth.

This book is divided in two parts. The first part is a bit slower. Celeana is kind of investigating about Archer and a secret rebel organization.
In this first part we get to see a more human Celeana. Sure she is still a badass assassin and fighter. She seems to be made of steel. But she acts like her heart tells her to. She does what’s right.

She also opens up a little more to her friends. She trusts Chaol enough to confide in him about some parts of her past. She also trusts Nemehia with some of her most important secrets.
She is not as closed to Dorian as she used to. But Dorian has also things to deal with, on his own.

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.

The second part is way more fast paced and even though the first part is interesting, this one is even more compelling.
It’s such a page turner ! I loved learning about Celeana’s legacy. And as a reread, it allowed me to catch the little clues about it haha !

Characters

  • Celeana is such an interesting character. The duality in her is highly entertaining and original ! She is both a deadly assassin and a girly girly woman !
  • Chaol is slowly changing his commitment. Celeana is now taking a bigger part in his life.
  • Dorian is way more broody in this book, at least for the first part. He becomes more interesting at some point and I hope to learn more about him in Heir Of Fire.
  • Nehemia is really a badass character. She knows what she has to do to save her people and help Celean embrace her destiny.

 

Overall I really loved this book ! And it was really fun to buddy read it with Donna from chocolatenwafflesblog ! Don’t forget to go and read her review when she posts it !

5 stars

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About the author

Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

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