By: Melanie | July 24, 2013 | (21) Comments

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass, #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Australia
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Pages: 432
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.

From the disappointment Throne of Glass turned out to be, Crown of Midnight was somewhat scary yet exciting to dig into. After all, how can one 400 paged sequel redeem my love for Maas? Nonetheless, after just one sitting, I devoured this book and I am entirely delighted with the result in the end. Crown of Midnight reintroduces familiar themes from Throne of Glass but also accumulates senses of distrust, brutality and of most high imperativeness, epic swooning. For people who hold slight distastes towards this series may want to think twice as Celaena has recently redefined the word, kick-ass.

Picking up a while after Throne of Glass, Celaena has been obeying the king’s orders as she is now the King’s Champion, in desperation to be freed of her past assassinations, she is practically the king’s slave, slitting throats and heads off on anyone who gets in the way of the king’s mysterious plans. There are secrets and discoveries, romances and enemies, there’s the fight for life and the struggle to death. Crown of Midnight, without exaggerating, has it pretty much all down.

In Throne of Glass, Celaena Sardothien was my largest problem. Her arrogance was despicable and she was no where near the meaning of kick-ass. However, Crown of Midnight shows a new Celaena, completely ruthless but not without heart, utterly sarcastic but not without a ribbon of flirtiness. Her personality became straightened down, revealing an intelligent and stealthy and even rebellious young assassin. My thoughts about Celaena have changed immensely over this book and I hope that they will stay strong- if not grow even stronger- for the next instalments.

Our love interests are nothing short of breathtakingly magnificent. While I am forever Team Chaol, Dorian is also an entertaining character, while I must say, his thoughtfulness occasionally leads to irrelevant doubt and dramatic cautions- which got a little irritable over time. And Chaol… he’s supreme. Not in the sense that he is flawless, but he is considerate and equally kick-ass as Celaena, he’s for humour as well but does not overplay it into sardonic remarks.

Entwined with twists into the plot line, while it may sound trite, but Crown of Midnight was an exhilarating page gripping read. While the consistency showed the old shakiness from it’s predecessor, Maas’ latest has improved to great extents, the plot being one main contributing factor. As I’m mentioning the plot, I’ll quickly go through the writing. It’s rather unusual. Not unsettling but a little mysterious and similar to Cashore’s Graceling style. I found it unique and loveable all the same.

A definite must read series, Sarah J. Maas is a master storyteller, constructing an imaginative world, engaging plot and sublime characters, this is a perfect fantasy read. Highly recommended.

4 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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21 Responses to Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Hannah says:

    You have a really pretty blog, I love your image slider especially.

    I was a huge fan of ToG so I believe that I’ll love this one the bits, it sounds even better but I’m not even sure that’s possible. Can’t wait! Great review BTW

  2. Benji says:

    Well written review as always, Melanie. I still have yet to read this series but it sounds exceptionally intiguing. I guess I’ll have to ignore my ‘distaste’ towards Celaena (weird name) at the beginning though.
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  3. Jasprit says:

    I’m so glad that Crown of Midnight met your expectations and then some, it’s always disappointing when the first book doesn’t provide the best read, but I’m glad that you decided to give the second book a go! This book totally messed with my emotions! Lovely review Melanie! πŸ™‚
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  4. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Melanie! I loved this first book, but I’ve seen a lot of mixed things on the second one, which is a bit strange, you know? I think I’ll still give it a go though. Wonderful review!

  5. Great review! I haven’t read either of these, but that’s great you enjoyed the sequel much more than the first book. I guess it’s good you gave it a shot! Hopefully the MC will stay just as awesome in the rest of the series. πŸ™‚
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  6. Fantastic review Melanie! I wasn’t a huge fan of Throne either because of the slow plot and I wasn’t a Celaena fan either. I’m glad she and the story as a whole was able to impress you in this new installment. I love your paradox description of the new Celaena. You definitely provided me desire to read this book.

  7. Diamond Dee says:

    I’m super excited bc last night Bought a copy of Throne of Glass Woohoo! >.< so pumped to read this series. Thank you for recommending it to me doll! I love a good fantasy series.

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  8. Alana says:

    Great review Melanie, loved it πŸ™‚

  9. Rachel says:

    Nice to see the series improved for you, Melanie! Great review. πŸ™‚
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  10. Stephanie B says:

    Wow. This series sounds freakin’ amazing. Must pick the first book up now….
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  11. Roxy says:

    So glad to hear this series gets better! I did like the first, but only after I was a hundred or so pages in. I almost gave up in the beginning, because Celaena was so annoyingly ridiculous. Lucky girl to get an ARC, wanna send it to Canada? Heehee! Hugs, Roxy.
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  12. This sounds amazing! I’m usually not a fantasy person, but I’ve heard so many great things about this series. I’ll hopefully be reading my copy of Throne of Glass soon. Amazing review, Melanie πŸ™‚

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