Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Book Two in the  Throne of Glass Series
Published By: Bloomsbury  (August 27, 2013)
Source: ARC  Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Solid Stars!!

Book Description:
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

My Thoughts and Review:
I have to start off by warning everyone that I adore this series. Every. Single. Thing. About. It. And with that adoration sometimes comes a whole lot of fan girlness so, be prepared, I warned you, this review may gush, horribly.

I have read every single thing about this series since reading the first book, every novella, passage and newsworthy material that I could get my hands on. That is something I don't normally do (okay once in a while I do but not as often as you would think). I have fallen in love with series before, heck I have a whole slew of series I love but there is just something about this series (or maybe it is just Calaena) that is just kick butt and irresistible. 

One of the best things about Ms. Maas' writing is that although this is complete fantasy, she breathes life into it so much so that it becomes reality. Everything is real and anything is possible. 

While this story is mostly Calaena's we get wonderful snippets into the mind of Chaol and Dorian as well, which I absolutely love. They add a depth to the story that wouldn't be there otherwise. 

Calaena is just as kick butt as ever but this time we get to see more to her than just an assassin and all the fierceness that comes with her being one. She presents a softer side that while in others may be a weakness, only makes her that much stronger. I really love the softer caring side of Calaena we get to see. It really added a whole new depth to her and reminded me a lot of the side of her we got to see glimpses of in the novellas leading up to the series and her interactions with Sam. 

Unfortunately we also get to see a side of her I never thought we would see again...the darker side of her that comes out when she is fiercely trying to protect those she loves. It about broke my heart to see that side of her thrive and dominate. But the revelations about that darker side and about Calaena put such a great spin on the series and I truly am dying to know how it will affect the next book. 

Chaol is just as gruff and wonderful as ever. We get more insight into his thoughts and feelings about Calaena, and again, it doesn't make him weak but only more fabulous and worthy of being labeled a swoon worthy character. The protective side of him that comes out truly was endearing and I really, really, hope he plays a huge part in the next book because this story wouldn't be the same without him in it. 

Dorian. Is it wrong that while I don't normally like love triangles in books, I love it in this one? That I was actually rooting for it? It says a lot about Maas' ability to write a great character and plot that I would be rooting for the very thing I sometimes despise in series. I was saddened at the turn of events that left Dorian and Calaena the way that it did in the first book and to see his heartache, was horrible. I think Dorian is a fantastic character and with the new revelations about him we discover, I can only imagine that his character will just get better and better and more will be revealed and again, I only hope to see more and more of him in the next book.

I am so excited for where this whole series is going. Ms. Maas has just proven to me time and time again with each new installment that the girl can write. Not only can she write but she does it beautifully. With rich detail, characters that come to life and a plot that is constantly twisting and changing and leaving you eager to know more.

Well done Ms. Maas, well done.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*


  1. I have finished Crown of Midnight two days ago and I still can't stop thinking about it. I really loved Throne of Glass but this one was so much better. I can't wait for the next book in this series and I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Great review :)

  2. I know, I can't believe how it ended and I am really wondering how the next book will go. I know whatever happens it will be fabulous though. Sarah is so talented!!

  3. Yaay, I know how excited you were about this and I'm really glad it lived up to your expectations. I'll really have to find the time for it soon.
    Great review, Ali!

  4. The love triangle in the first book didn't really bother me despite hating love triangles, so I'm glad to see it wasn't really an issue for you in this second one either! I have to admit to favoring Chaol though, and I look forward to seeing both Calaena's softer and darker sides in this book!

  5. *waves at fellow fangirl* My review comes out err, next week I think..LOL but like you I adored book one and yes book to rocked it...I was on the edge of my seat, and well it was brilliant and I am so glad you feel the same way!

  6. Thanks everyone, this really was just brilliant!

    And Kim, I am so excited you loved it too! Can't wait to read your review. :)

  7. Hanging head in shame since I have not yet read this series, but it is on my blog Saturday and Monday so I will soon know what all the fuss is about. A love triangle you are rooting for, this I have to see!

  8. I know, trust me Heidi, I never thought I would say that but it is true!!

  9. I'm reading this right now, so I just skimmed your review. But I'm loving it!

  10. Wonderful review. I know how much you love this series. I am determined to make time for it in the near future.

  11. I wasn't a HUGE fan of the first book but your excitement regarding this series is contagious . Awesome review (;