Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review #387

This review contains spoilers!

IMG_6520“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.


I’ve read Crown of Midnight once before, and honestly, Crown of Midnight is my least favourite book. Yet I know that there’s much that happens in this second book, and that Crown of Midnight is what set the rest of the series into motion. At least in my mind.

For my second time reading Crown of Midnight proved to be more than I thought it was. Turns out, I had forgotten much of what happened within Crown of Midnight. Which is not surprising to me because I have such a bad memory anyhow.

17167166-2I have a vague recollection of Crown of Midnight from when I first read it. What I can’t really remember though is that after I read Crown of Midnight for the first time, I remembering not liking Chaol’s character at all.

What I liked about my re-read of Crown of Midnight was  that I genuinely enjoyed that I could fall back into Celaena’s story so easily.

There’s a lot that happens within Crown of Midnight. There’s so much plot building that goes on, so much death that I always end up having mixed emotions about this book. However, I usually say that I don’t like Crown of Midnight’s story. Yet, Crown of Midnight is incredibly detrimental to the overall story. In Crown of Midnight we learn quite a bit about….well, everything and everyone.

With all of that said though, I do have a favourite part of this novel. It’s literally the last chapter of Crown of Midnight–because the end of this chapter sparks a truth that sets off the next book Heir of Fire, and I get such an adrenaline rush whenever I think of Chaol’s reaction to him finding out Celaena’s secret.

I give Crown of Midnight, 3 stars.

Have you read Crown of Midnight?

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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