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Review: ‘Crown of Midnight’ by Sarah J. Maas

Review: ‘Crown of Midnight’ by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 418
Source: Library
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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

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.

My Review

Crown of Midnight is the second installment to Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series and it left me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

I was excited to read the second installment due to how Sarah J. Maas left things during Throne of Glass. I wanted to know how Celaena Sardothien was going to handle being the King’s Champion and find out if Chaol was going to finally admit his feelings.  Let’s just say I got my answers plus more.

Celaena is put through hell in this book. She has to unthinkable things for the ruthless King she serves. She has to control her heart in the story because she’ll end up hurt again if she doesn’t. She’s going to deal with secrets coming out and lots of betrayals.  I swear the poor girl just wants to find out the truth. The truth is going to hurt more than ever in this story though. Sarah revealed so much in this book that I wished I had the next book right after I finished this one.

Now Crown of Midnight made my emotions go like crazy, especially towards the middle of the book. I think I was in tears and feeling angry just as bad as Celaena was feeling. I wasn’t expecting the story to end the way it did too. The biggest secret comes out at the end of the book. I was surprised how it was revealed, but Sarah did an amazing job revealing it to the right person.

I loved every bit Crown of Midnight that I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. All I can say is I despise the King more than ever after reading this book and hope he gets what is coming to him eventually. Power hungry, greedy King!  Grrrr!!!

Celaena is one of my favorite female characters in Young Adult Fantasy, and I look forward to the next story because I know I’m going to adore her even more.

I love also how Sarah changes POVs of the story from Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, and more because you get to understand what each character is going through. You get a more broad range of what is happening in the story. Plus, I’ve learned to love Dorian and Chaol even more seeing how they react to everything that has happened.  I’m having a hard time deciding between Chaol and Dorian though.  Sarah makes me love them both.

I give this book 5 stars and highly recommend this book as well as the first to YA Fantasy readers out there. I look forward to my oldest daughter being old enough to read this book because I know she will enjoy it just as much as I did.


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