TITLE: Crown of Midnight

AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ★★★★

PAGES: 418

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Children’s


GENRE(S): Fantasy

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas - The Contented Reader“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. She crafts such beautiful stories and writes so well. 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.

The development of the plot in this novel is really interesting. The first book left me curious as to where Celaena would go as the King’s Champion. But I also wanted to know how she would develop as a character throughout this process. Celaena really grows throughout this book and I love it. It’s interesting to see how she struggles internally with her own decisions but also with the decisions people make for her. Also, I love the intelligent ways Celaena triumphs above being the King’s Champion and often uses it to her own advantage.

I love the continuation of the relationships with Dorian and Chaol. I still have to say I really like them both (is that bad?). While it bothers me not to have a favourite, I love the camaraderie between Celanea and the boys. It provides witty banter and suspenseful ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ scenes. I love it!

Compared to the first book, the pacing of this book is a bit slow for my liking. But this may also be because I just read A Court of Thorns and Roses and I couldn’t put it down! It’s not until the midway point that I became invested!

The end of Crown of Midnight has me SUPER excited for the next book. The ending is a bit predictable but still enjoyable. I’m so curious to see how it continues. The ending is definitely one to remember!

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 is a solid sequel. I’m excited to continue the series and see what happens in Heir of Fire. My hope is that I can catch up with the series before the final book releases this fall!

The best lies were always mixed with truth.

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About The Author

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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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  • 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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