Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas

Posted October 20, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass,
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781619630642
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Celaena Sardothien is the king's Champion--yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.

Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena's world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.
An action-packed and romantic adventure that readers "will never want to leave"

Crown of Midnight is the second book in Sarah J. Maas’ popular YA fantasy series, Throne of Glass. After Celaena Sardothien won the title of the king’s Champion, she found herself in the precarious position of having to do the bidding of a man she hates. Knowing the King is hatching an evil scheme, Celaena is working on her own plan. One that undermines the King’s plans. This aspect of the story created even more tension than what existed in Throne of Glass. By betraying the King, Celaena was putting herself and the people she loves in even greater danger. In the first novel, we had learned that the King was truly an evil person, capable of doing some of the most horrible things imaginable. Reading about Celaena’s exploits as she tried to uncover the mystery surrounding the King was very exciting.

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”
Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight

Another aspect of the story I enjoyed was how Celaena wasn’t the only one hiding a huge secret. Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia had secrets of their own that they were keeping from Celaena and each other. This helped cause a division between the four friends, just as Chaol began to initiate a romantic relationship with Celaena. As much as I enjoyed this division, it also frustrated me.

In Throne of Glass, Celaena had formed a friendship with Princess Nehemia, which was one of my favorite parts of the story. In many YA stories, the friendships between women rarely take center stage. It was refreshing to see these two powerful women carry on a friendship that’s based on admiration, loyalty, love and trust, only to see those characteristics break down due to the secrets each was hiding.

“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”
Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight

Though Crown of Midnight is a YA novel, it is not a cookie-cutter story. Author Sarah J. Maas continues to weave political intrigue into this fantasy story about a young assassin trying to destroy the man who murdered her family. All of the characters grew over the course of the story, and as their secrets take them off into different directions, I hope that they’ll find their way back to one another soon.

Rating Report
Overall: 5

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah 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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