Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 10 November, 2014 by Amanda / 10 Comments

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas {Amanda’s Review}Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Also in this series: Throne of Glass
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

"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.

*sobs that Celaena’s story isn’t over*

Thoughts on Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight is the kind of book that makes me realize how much my historical romance bender has affected my reading preferences.

It’s not that I prefer a heavy focus on the romance — I rather like (and it makes me laugh a little at myself to say this, because I never used to be this way) Celaena and how she approaches love. Provided she even understands it.

No, it’s that I like the neatness of knowing that everything’s going to be okay (or heading in that direction) at the end of the book. Series, like Throne of Glass, don’t have that luxury. And that’s okay!

Because it’s a series. And bad things have to happen for the series to continue. I get that. But now, more than ever, it’s slightly frustrating for me. Because things happens. And more things happen. And I wanted a resolution to those things that’s impossible to have at this stage of the series.

Did I like this book? Yes. Do I like this series? Definitely. But I may have to revisit the way I read series like this and wait until they’re finished before diving in, so I can read the series the way I’d read a single, standalone book.


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10 Responses to “Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. I completely understand what you’re saying Amanda. There are times when I need to take breaks from YA and just binge read romances because I know they’re going to end well and give me a complete story in between the covers. This series will bring you very little comfort by the time you reach the last page, and that’s something you sort of have to prepare yourself for in advance:)

  2. I completely understand that. I want to know what happens almost immediately. I’m good with switching it up to read a different genre but I don’t want several months in between books. I almost started this series but never got around to it. Thankfully now the whole series is out!

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