Thursday, 24 October 2013

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: August 15th 2013

Rating: 5 unquestionable stars


If they wanted Adarlan's assassin, they'd get her. And Wyrd help them when she arrived.
I really wish I didn't have to review this book, because how can I put the utter brilliance and masterful plotting into words? If you haven't read this yet, fix that now. Seriously. You shall not be disappointed.

Because I can't put everything into elaborate words, I'm just going to give you a list of all the things I loved:

The characters. They were so tangible and real, so complex and flawed: it was fantastic. I couldn't help but love Celaena in all her arrogance and adore Chaol - oh, Chaol- in all his sweetness. I've always preferred Chaol over Dorian, but YOU GUYS. He was made of awesome in this book. And I actually kind of liked Dorian as well. I don't know why, but I just disliked him in Throne of Glass. His character really comes into power in this book, and of course, there were plot twists and surprises and losses that made him a much stronger character - actually, it made every character much stronger.

The plotting. Magnificent. Maas really went crazy with the plot and I love it. The twists were well placed and had me gasping. I guess I should have seen some of them coming, but I never did. I always figured out what was going on at the exact same time Celaena did, so props for that! And oh, guys, there was a certain twist that I did NOT see coming at all and I was gasping and going omg, omg, nonono. You'll recognize it when you get there. Pure brilliance, and Maas has guts. The plot was absolutely insane and big and awesome.

The writing. Maas' writing fits the book incredibly well. It has a certain regal flare to it, which is extremely appropiate as the book revolves around the events that take place in the castle. I gobbled it up.

The romance. The romance had the exact right pace: not too slow, not too quick. It was completely believable. And whenever they had an argument or anything, it wasn't just to fill the book with angst (in fact, you'll find very little of that, if not none at all), but for a real, plausible reason.

The plot. Just because it was so good that I had to mention it again.

The eerie feel to the book. Okay, it's not all that eerie, but I read a certain scene that takes place in a certain tomb on my own in the dark and I was immensely creeped out. I do not recommend doing that, as you'll probably have trouble sleeping afterward.

In all, this book was just perfection. Per-fect. Absolutely and utterly perfect. The plot was insanely good and the twists had me guessing and gasping over and over again. The characters were very real in their thoughts, flaws, and actions, and I really just want to eat this book. It was so good.


  1. This book was def. quite perfect! I gave it 4 stars I think... I can't remember what I didn't like though, it's been a while!

    Fabulous review, Celine! <33

  2. Yay Celine! I loved this book too :D
    The characters are all so awesome! And the central trio- Celaena, Chaol and Dorian- they're all so well developed and interesting to read about. I feel like the quality of Sarah's writing went up as well from the first book.

    What did you think about THAT character dying? I really thought there was going to be a romance between that character and Dorian in order to take him out of the love triangle, but NOPE didn't happen. :(

    1. Oh my God, I thought the EXACT same thing. I wasn't sure how to feel about that romance and I was pouting a bit and then Sarah killed THAT character off and I was like I TAKE IT BACK I'D RATHER HAVE THE ROMANCE THAN THIS. I was so shocked!


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