Crown of Midnight

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Throne of Glass

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

Yes, I am firmly on the Throne of Glass bandwagon. As soon as I finished Throne of Glass, I had to buy Crown of Midnight. I bought Heir of Fire at the same time, because I just knew that I was going to lap it up! Crown of Midnight continues the story of Celaena Sardothien. Celaena is the King’s appointed Champion. The action picks up straight away from Throne Of Glass. You can’t really read this book if you haven’t read Throne of Glass as the author does assume you’re familiar with the story.

Crown of Midnight seems much more action packed, with some twists that I really wasn’t expecting. Characters are developed really well. I feel like I know the characters much better than I did in Throne of Glass. There is a good balance of romance and fantasy elements within this book for those that like to read a bit of both! I won’t speak too much about the romance element as I don’t want to ruin it…

I really like Celaena. She’s a kick-ass character, but she does have flaws. Sarah J Maas has developed a wonderful lead character, that I can imagine has aspects of her personality that a lot of readers can relate to.  As for Sarah J.Maas, I’m so enthralled with her writing. I can just feel this series getting better and better. I’m excited to step into Heir of Fire later this month, so I’m all caught up!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars

An excellent sequel to a series that is surprising me! 

13 thoughts on “Crown of Midnight

  1. I really enjoyed Crown of Midnight too! I haven’t picked up Heir of Fire but have high expectations. The balance between romance and fantasy is indeed great, I think that’s partly why it appeals to a great variety of readers.

    Great review!

  2. So excited to read this! Have you read The Assassin’s Blade yet? If not – it’s a must read! Celaena’s character is developed so much, and you get to see her in all her assassin-y glory 😀

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