Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2) | REVIEW

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)
Published by Bloomsbury on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 418
Format: Hardcover

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Crown of MidnightFrom the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—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 give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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4 Stars

*** CHECK OUT THE REVIEW FOR BOOK ONE: THRONE OF GLASS ***
** MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: READ AT OWN RISK!!!**

First Line:

The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.


Review

COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟    ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. It picks up a little while after the first book. Celaena won her right to be the King’s champion with a twist. Instead of assassinating the people of interest for the King, she is scaring them off and faking their deaths to keep up the charade. Things don’t seem to work out that well for her though…

The Good

In Crown of Midnight, the story picks up with Celaena doing assassination missions for the king as his new champion. She must decide if what she is doing is right or take matters into her own hands. The plot thickens with even more love, death, magic, and deceit. As the story unravels characters will fall in and out of love, friendships form and break, magic and monsters make a bigger appearance, and the everyone seems to be deceiving each other.

Maas’ writing continues to keep you wrapped up into the story as it begins to unfold with new and exciting plot twists. She makes you feel pain, sorrow, happiness, love, and frustration with all her characters and events that leaves you wanting to know more. Her world building doesn’t slow down either and still takes you on an adventure ride you won’t forget.

We finally get more development in the world building department. There is more emphasis put into the history of the kingdom and the magic that used to rule it. I found this aspect of the story to be very fascinating.

Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

As I said above, Maas’ writing keeps you wrapped up in the story, but it also has it’s faults as well. I found it very choppy and a bit messy at times. I don’t know if it was done intentional but it turned me off a bit.

Like the first book, Throne of Glass, some characters still irk me a bit. Although Celaena becomes a bit more likable this time around, I found some of her decision making to be a bit moronic and rash. Chaol on the other hand still remains his sad depressing self. He has internal struggles throughout the whole book. His heart is in two places, one side is for Celaena, the other is for the Kingdom. We get to see how this affects his decision process and the growth that we get to witness this time around. He had to make tough decisions and thus his true feelings are revealed.

One last thing. There is a character death in this book that I absolutely found to be incredibly unnecessary and a total plot scapegoat. This character deserved so much more. Maas, you disappointed me.

The best lies were always mixed with truth.

Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Overall, I think it was a great sequel and I like the direction it’s going in right now. Let me know what you guys thought of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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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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12 thoughts on “Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2) | REVIEW

  1. I was looking forward to reading your review on this one. It was a good review, I haven’t gotten my hands on this one yet but I am really looking forward to reading it 🙂

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