Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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.

Throne of Glass, the first book in the series was a book that while well done did annoy me in places, especially with the characterisation wtih Celaena. I was told this was much better and it lived up to my expectations a lot.

In Crown of Midnight we learn that there’s a lot more to Celaena than what we originally suspect especially in the first book. This book is dark and gritty in places but still amazing and light in others.

Throughout the book, Maas tempts us with secrets of Celaena and her past as well as other characters. We get a good look into their lives and what makes them who they are and why they are doing what they are.

The romance, while still slightly cliche was well done and I quite like the route that it took. I had expected it to go the other route as that was how most YA fantasy books would go, most romance lines as it is so it was refreshing and something I was quite happy about to go the other route. In fact it was actually a minor point of the book and it wasn’t a happy romance which was good. Maas took a lot of risks in this book and it well paid off in the end.

Overal the book was incredibly well written, full of suspense, twist and turns and captured my attention a lot. I really can’t wait to read Heir of Fire!

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