Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: August 7th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
“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.
“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”
I can’t imagine writing this review without screaming and shouting to let all my feels out! I’m trying not to transform into full fangirl mode. My brain just went KABOOM! Crown of Midnight was a synonym for perfection, an epitome of awesomness! It’s one of the most powerful and intense sequels I’ve ever had the fortune of reading. It was a masterpiece and not even a 10/10 rating would suffice! Anything you might be looking for in a book, you will find in this one! My heart and brain have yet to recover from all those damned feels! I should stop babbling right now and start actually reviewing the book (sorry guys! I had to write all that because this book deserves so much appreciation!)
The characters developed so much from the beginning of the book till the end and I’m so proud of all my babies! We got to see lots of new sides to the characters and not all those sides were good. Everyone matured and became more aware of the roles they’re meant to play and where they belonged. Everything that might’ve been wrong in Throne of Glass was corrected and mastered in this one, and oh how wonderful it turned out to be! There was action, mystery, feels, magic, plot twists, violence, kick-ass moments, heartbreaking moments, and of course a devastating mind-blowing cliff-hanger! The plot of this book was darker and less clear than the first one. The characters all suffered to a certain extent and all of them went through hard times that changed them. We got to see the bigger picture here, where everything was headed to, where the plot was leading up to, and I cherished every single moment of it. What I loved most was all the jaw-dropping revelations and staggering plot twists!
(! SPOILER ALERT !)
Celaena FREAKIING Sardothien was on fire in this book! That’s the assassin everyone feared and idolized that I was looking for. I’m so glad I got to see Adarlan’s Assassin in all her bad-ass glory! She was ruthless, merciless, viscous, and formidable! Goodbye beautiful silk dresses, and hello dark clothes and capes!
“If they wanted Adarlan’s Assassin, they’d get her. And Wyrd help them when she arrived.”
I was in awe of how she literally killed all those men so easily and how she wasn’t exaggerating when she thought that! At that point I learned about another side to Celaena that everyone crawled away from!
“He watched her cut through men as though they were stalks of wheat in a field.”
This quote sums up Celaena’s skills pretty well. I think it’s my favourite from this book, because it was so fitting for the situation but also utterly hilarious!
Celaena was also so caring towards her friends, she let them believe she was a monster who did what the King ordered and accepted their shock and disgust towards her just to protect them! How nice and awesome can she be to do so much for the people she cares about? She’s wrapped so many layers of lies and secrets around herself! How can one person hold that many secrets and guard them so well? I still barely know anything about her past other than the two mind-boggling revelations about her! How the banana has she lived this long with all that weight carried on her shoulders, I honestly don’t have a clue. A lot of things make more sense now that I know she’s Aelin Galathynius, I understand how she must’ve felt living in Adarlan, under the roof of the person who ruined her entire kingdom! I just feel like hugging her right now!
Chaol’s character grew so much. He’s finally seeing the true horrors of his King and slowly beginning to understand his place and what he must do. I really loved his bickering with Celaena and the first half of the book was mostly focused on his relationship with Celaena which I adored! I was so heartbroken after everything between them shattered so violently. How can a person go from calling someone home to hating them and calling them an enemy in just a few pages? I saw how much pain that caused for both of them and I could do nothing but read as they drifted apart! My OTP ruined because of something so terrible! I still ship Celaena and Chaol together and maybe there’s still hope since she trusted him enough to give him a clue about her true self. I didn’t like how Chaol’s friendship with Dorian grew awkward and unpleasant, I hate it when friendships are ruined because of such silly things. Even though the book ended with Dorian being upset with Chaol, I still think they can repair their precious friendship.
I liked Dorian more in this book because we got to see a new side to him that was far more intriguing than a love interest. He’s struggling to obey the King and starting to defend his own thoughts and ideas. His new found magical abilities made him endlessly more awesome and I’d love to see how he learns to control and harness it properly. I appreciated the role he played, how he was the only friend Celaena could turn to for comfort, how he was her only remaining friend and didn’t hesitate to be that person for her!
I have mixed feelings towards Nehemia. She was Celaena’s friend who was there for her whenever she needed her and they truly trusted each other however, she also kept so many secrets from Celaena and hid things that could’ve helped Celaena. But she already said that she’d do anything for her people and I can’t blame her for what she did. I can’t believe her loyalty to her people ran so deeply that she was prepared to die! How can she be so brave and selfless? What broke my heart was how shattered Celaena felt afterwards, hasn’t she lost enough?! But that was Nehemia’s cruel plan all along, for Celaena to go over the edge. I balled my eyes out when I was reading the scene about the slave girl in Calaculla and how all the people of Eyllwe sank into despair and how the girl who believed in Eyllwe’s Light went out! That part was one of the most emotional intense chapters I’ve ever read and I didn’t even know the girl! I just really hope that Nehemia’s sacrifice wasn’t just for Celaena to go over the edge but for her to make her way back to the top on the other side of the ravine where the Stag is waiting.
That damned king of Adarlan has worked so hard! I believe he had too much free time which he ended up spending on his evil schemes. There are so many monsters and plans evolving and I’m scared to find out what all that might lead to. He’s somehow experimenting on Kaltain and Roland and preparing them for something, but what that might be I don’t know. There’s so many new problems arising as Celaena discovers more about the Wyrdkeys and this was just the second book!
We got to delve further into the magical world with the side characters: Mort, Baba Yellowlegs, and that creepy hooded humanoid figure from the library. All of them gave Celaena clues about the King’s plans and they made the book more mystic. We got to explore Riftholds dark settings and learn more about Celaena’s past and her relationship with Archer. I really liked how Archer seemed like a silly beautiful courtesan but turned out to be a cunning leader to a band of rebels, which is more proof that looks can be deceiving.
Overall Crown of Midnight was everything I want in a book, and I pity those who had to wait a whole year for the next book! Now onto the next book…
Hope you guys found my review relatable and entertaining. I’d love to discuss any part of this book with you guys in more detail. Let me know what you thought in the comments section.
Until next time my fellow readers.
♥ Maya ♥