Book review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
Source: Purchased

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From 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.

So, funny story, one night a few months ago, I had some Fireball and went to Barnes and Noble and bought a ton of books. Like, so many that the guy who checked me out made a face. This book was one of them. I’ve actually been carrying it around with me for about two months meaning to read it and I only just finally got around to it. The release of Kingdom of Ash (along with Daniel‘s recommendation) finally got me to pick it up.

I’m not really sure why I waited so long to read it because this book was great. I read a few pages after work on Thursday, maybe 100 pages on Friday… and then read the rest in two sittings on Saturday. The break between sittings was to go to Barnes and Noble for Heir of Fire.

It’s going to be so hard to keep this review spoiler-free if I talk about literally anything that I liked or disliked plot-wise, so I think I’m just going to say a couple things about the characters:

  • I didn’t mind Celaena in the first book, but I loved her in Crown of Midnight.
  • I know that a lot of people hate Chaol, but I still like him. (Although we’ll see how I feel after the next five books.)
  • I feel like we don’t know Dorian that well yet, but I like him a lot.
  • Nehemia is the greatest.
  • If anything happens to Fleetfoot, I am going to be inconsolable.

Now all I can say is that I can’t wait to jump into Heir of Fire.


Have you read Crown of Midnight? Do you think I can take a week off work to marathon this series? Let’s talk in the comments!


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30 thoughts on “Book review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

  1. sarazeen says:

    As a long-term Throne of Glass fan, I’ve seen plenty of people fall in and out of love with the series. There’s also a large group who absolutely hate it, for some reason. I DO NOT. Heir of Fire is when Maas really comes into her own, give it a try. It’s more than worth reading!

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