Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

March 8, 2014 Review 36 ★★★★★

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Purchased
Pages: 420
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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?


I actually have a confession to make: I did not enjoy CROWN OF MIDNIGHT in the beginning. Celaena was an absolute biatch to everyone she cared about, especially Chaol and Dorian (although mostly Dorian) which was really off-putting and seemed out of character.

However, the second half of the book was so epic and filled with twists and turns it totally turned the book around for me. Plus, Celaena got her act back together and became the badass we all expected her to be in the first book.

Speaking of those twists and turns..


 Some you will never see coming until they hit you directly in the face. I kind of predicted the major one but I think that was because you were supposed to. All the others, amazing. Totally unexpected. One of them will rip your heart out.

As for the Team Dorian/Team Chaol debate:



Seriously, guys. It’s like the Team Will and Team Jem thing from the Infernal Devices series. You just can’t help but love them both. Both men bring out such good in Celaena and give her a place to belong. I was firmly rooting for Dorian in the first book but now I really like Chaol.

All I can say is that if you were expecting more out of Throne of Glass, you will be so pleasantly surprised with Crown of Midnight and if you liked the first book, you’ll love the second. I can not wait to see what else is in store for this series.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.8

36 Responses to “Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. Bec

    ahaha YESSSSS YOU HAVE BEEN TURNED. CHAOL 5EVA. Though I do hope Dorian finds his own badass girl to love (I did ship him the Nehemia for a while but then stuff happened. You know what).

    I can’t wait for the next one to come out and rip our souls to pieces again :)

    • Alise

      Darn you. You probably influenced me sub-consciously. I have no idea who I would Dorian with but yeah, I could have lived with Nehemia, alas.

      Ha, so true.

    • Alise

      Haha :) YES you should! You need these books in your life. Chaol and Dorian are vastly different from Will and Jem character wise, but their dynamic is so similar and you just don’t know who to root for! Thanks :)

    • Alise

      Yeah, they are some awesome reads! I’m glad the author is planning a large series. Ah, same! Although I will take Dorian, then ;)

  2. Faye @ The Social Potato

    You know it’s a sign of a REALLY good book if it makes you root for both love interests, lol! I rarely have such moments (okay, maybe I rooted for both Tucker and Christian in the Unearthly series, although I wouldn’t mind Christian all to myself, too), but whenever I do, gosh the feels, man. So I completely understand you in your predicament. Let’s just hope that whoever she ends up with in the succeeding books it would be as explosive and extraordinary. Who can ever deny such a feelsfest? Great review Alise: )
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    • Alise

      Aha, definitely! :) I haven’t read the Unearthly series but I hear that a lot! Looks like I should get to those books soon. Yeah, for sure. Both boys are so different so I can’t wait to see. Thanks!

  3. Rashika

    I was firmly rooting for Dorian in the first book but then I didn’t want to pick up the second because.. I don’t want to feel the pain of having my ship sink. Plus I never was a huge fan of the first book. It was enjoyable but… meh. :P It never really blew my mind so I wasn’t ever tempted to pick up the sequel.

    I am really glad that it worked out for you and that you ended up absolutely loving it! :)

    Great review, Alise!! :)
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    • Alise

      So was I, trust me. I still am a pretty big fan of Dorian and trust me when I say there is still hope for this ship :) A lot of people that said that about Throne of Glass ended up loving this one, just saying ;D

      Thanks :)

    • Alise

      You and Bec would get along extremely well, she definitely loves him more than Dorian ;) Haha, I can get that. She definitely has a strong personality.

    • Alise

      Then I should be happy because that means she would pick Dorian *evil laughter* I really liked the first book as well so you will be a huge fan of this one :)

    • Alise

      I am definitely out of place here, I feel like the only Dorian shipper :O Haha. Ooh, awesome! I just bought that a few days ago so now I really want to read it.

    • Alise

      Finally-I am not alone! :) I’m still pretty torn because both guys are perfect in different ways. Same! More than a few people were rooting for that character and Dorian.

  4. Alise

    Right? The length is kind of worrying too because I have this feeling one of the boys will die >< Hope I'm wrong!

  5. Anna

    OMG OMG OMG I just finished reading Throne of Glass and ALKSJLAKHDALWKH IT’S AMAZING!!! I’m sooo glad I’ve still got Crown of Midnight to read because otherwise I don’t even know what I’d do with myself!! Don’t know how I’ll be able to wait for the third one!! CELAENA AND CHAOL!!! <3 But also Dorian… I just can't decide they are perfect ! I'm definitely leaning more on the Chaol side but eh… Who am I kidding, I want them both!! XD So glad I finally started the series!! Best. Day. Ever.
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  6. Alise

    THAT’S GREAT! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, it’s great having that second book on hand :D It’s pretty hard waiting haha :p The author has a pinterest board I like to stalk. Ah, so Chaol it is ;) I liked Dorian in the first and Chaol in the second but yeah, I love love love them both too xD

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