Book ReviewYoung Adult

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury | Pages: 418

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Rating: ★★★★☆


“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.


Sarah J Maas is definitely shaping up to be one of my all time favourite authors. She creates such vivid and epic worlds. Her stories are carefully crafted and beautifully written. With each book of hers that I read, I become more and more drawn into these fictional creations, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

While I still at this point will claim A Court of Thorns and Roses as my favourite series by Maas, I am still loving the Throne of Glass series.

The plot development of this novel was really interesting. I was curious at the end of the first book to see where Celaena would go with respect to being the King’s Champion. Moreover, I wanted to know how she would develop as a character throughout this process. I was really pleased at the growth of Celaena in this novel and how she struggled internally with moves that she was making and moves she was forced to make. I especially loved the intelligent ways Celaena triumphed above being the King’s Champion and often used it to her own advantage.

I loved how the relationships with both Dorian and Chaol continued throughout this novel and once again, I really like them both. I’m still at the point of not knowing who I like more. And while that bothers me, I also enjoy the camaraderie between Celaena and each of them. It provides witty banter, suspenseful ‘will they’ and ‘won’t they’ scenes and I love it! But looking back, I think maybe I am leaning more towards liking Chaol a bit more than Dorian. With Maas’ books though, that can always change!

The pacing of this novel was a bit slow for my liking – especially considering with ACOTAR I couldn’t put it down. This is one of the reasons as to why this book is receiving a four star rating instead of a five. I didn’t really become invested in the storyline until the midway point, in which things really started to pick up and I was extremely motivated to keep reading and see what would happen next.

However, the end of the novel really has me SUPER excited for the next book. While the ending was a bit predictable for me (meaning, I kind of had an inkling that it would happen) it was still really well done and I’m interested to see how it continues. The ending was definitely one to be remembered!

With themes of friendship, loyalty, bravery and intense female heroine vibes, what is not to like about this book, let alone this series?

Overall, Crown of Midnight was a solid sequel. As I said, it was a little bit more slow with the pacing but I really enjoyed seeing where the storyline is headed and I definitely am excited to continue the series with Heir of Fire. My hope is that I can catch up with this series before the final book, Kingdom of Ash is released this fall!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Favourite Quote: “The best lies were always mixed with truth.”

About the Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!

One Comment

  • Oh my god, I JUST finished this book too!!! How funny! I totally agree with everything you said. I was so blase about this during the beginning half, but then halfway it’s like Sarah suddenly kicks it into high gear and it gets CRAZY. Pretty sure my chin was on the floor during the entire last half 😂 And I also agree about being torn between Dorian and Chaol. I’ve been leaning more towards Chaol too, but my book friends have said that definitely changes later on and I’m so worried!!! Anyway, awesome review!!

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