Crown of Midnight: A Sequel that Shines!

4.5/5 Stars!

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher/Imprint: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Edition: Hardcover, 418 Pages

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

A Spine that Shines? Yep!

Reactions to Plot, Characters, and Romance

Wow! Crown of Midnight was really quite good. I enjoyed it much more than Throne of Glass, which had taken me forever to get through and was not super memorable. That’s probably why it took so long for me to finally pick up the sequel. But once I actually started reading Crown of Midnight, I flew through it fairly quickly.

The plot feels more complex in this book. There are monsters and murders – and an evil king with a terrible plan. Some awful things happen in this book, and those moments really tugged at my heart.

I truly enjoyed learning more about Celaena and Chaol’s individual backgrounds. Celaena seems fiercer in this sequel, and the tone is much darker.

“It was war upon them all. Let them tremble in fear at what they had awoken.”

The romance really burns between Celaena and Chaol.

“She knew his every move and he knew hers, as though they’d been dancing this waltz together all their lives.”

I was rooting for them, but then … certain events happened that made me sad. And I continue to ponder whether the outcome was a good or bad decision for the series. I mean, a lot of effort was put into making readers ship them, but where is it going to go from here? Chaol is faced with a tough choice at the end of the book, and I do think it’s great for highlighting tension when characters have to make such choices.

Dorian’s character development was an interesting twist that I wasn’t expecting. It puts him in quite a lot of danger, significantly heightening the stakes. I do love it when a book raises the stakes!

Final Thoughts

I really don’t have many criticisms to point out. I mainly withheld half a star from my rating due to some slow parts in the first part of the book. But once I got to a little before the half-way mark, I was totally engrossed, and there was a lot of action. I was a little disappointed that we don’t get to see Celaena interact with Arobynn from the Asassin’s Keep, but perhaps we will learn more about Celaena’s past in the third book. Also, we hardly got to know anything about Roland in this episode, and I wanted to know more about what the king’s plan actually is. But I suppose more of that will come to light in the next installment. Overall, this was an exciting, engaging read. Looking forward to reading Heir of Fire!

6 thoughts on “Crown of Midnight: A Sequel that Shines!”

  1. I recently read and reviewed this one too! Omg I loved it!!! I will agree that it was definitely a lot more darker but I’m so glad it didn’t fall into the second book syndrome. In my opinion I thought the writing and story got even better!!! Yayyy! I actually just finished Heir or Fire! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! Happy reading 📖 😊

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      1. OMG same here! I feel like there are so many books I have to catch up on and plus, there are also great book releases this year too! so the TBRs are definitely long haha I really hope you get a chance to read it tho! Have fun 🙂

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