[BOOK REVIEW] Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas


Title: Crown of Midnight
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Pages: 418 pages
ISBN: 1619630621 (ISBN13: 9781619630628)
Format: Hardback
Start Date: July 16th 2018
Finish Date: July 22th 2018

(Beware of spoilers!!!!)


"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.

Crown of Midnight was the second book of Throne of Glass the series. In the second book, Celaena Sardothien continued her journey as the King’s Champion. She had the task to eliminate King’s enemies based on the order from the King himself. Initially she did all her job smooth without any particular obstacles. But then came new target which leads to a lot of situations even death.

In Celaena journey to Kill new target named Archer (who apparently was someone in Celaena’s past), she developed new affection with Chaol, the captain of the guards. But their love was tested in several circumstances. Not only that, she was also opened to the history of Adarlan and how the magic disappeared in the first place which made her doubt to kill her new target. With her new knowledge of magic and also friendship in the castle, she tried to conquer any riddles that were faced upon her.

(Ratings are my subjective opinions and they are based on what I like and what I don’t like)*

World Building: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star

My most favorite setting scene in a book is the Kings era such as in The Lord of the Rings movie. Crown of Midnight had the equal ambience with LoTR. So basically, this story can easily be in my preference. Moreover, there was Fae and magic in it. But something bothering me was that the world building was too much. It took almost 2/3 (two third) part of the book. I bit boring in the middle. However, I couldn’t say more beside I LOVE THIS BOOK.

Plot: 0.5 [star rating="0.5" max="1"] star

I read this series after I read the ACOTAR series. I could say that the plot was Sarah J Maas typical. However, Ms. Maas could package them differently. There were also twists everywhere which her marks also. Those twists were not a mere twist but led one event to another. Some might said it was a plot hole, but you would not know the answer until you read the next book. But parallel to the category above (World Building). I was a bit bored in the middle. There was too many psychological war (which was not my book type preference).

Character: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

All the characters in Crown of Midnight were lovable in my point of view, especially Chaol. I loved him so much and very sad of the outcome of him. Chaol needed a proper hug and friends who cared for him 100% (e.g. MEEEEE!!!!! X-D). I loved Dorian in Throne of Glass. But the in Crown of Midnight I loved Chaol more. Some of my friends told me that Chaol’s attitude will change in the fourth book, but I will embrace it later. Let me fangirling with Chaol till then.

Then there was also Nehemia, the character who actually I loved the most then Celaena in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. She was so brave. Although she was dead (yup, this is very spoiler – warning stated above), I still loved her because she was also one of the key for Celaena to change herself and fight for freedom of everybody.

Writing-style: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

Sarah J Maas, was my second most favorite author. She knew how to write neatly but simple. As a non-native speaker of English, I found this book easily to read with its own flowing conversation. I couldn’t say more beside I love her works, her writing style, her developed characters, and her whole package of books. Although she liked to “change” OTP but I guess it was not incoincidence. I believe she did it with consideration as she already plotted it at the beginning of the series.

Others: 1 [star rating="1" max="1"] star

These series came with two editions. First Hardback US edition and second Paperback UK Edition. Although the cover picture is same, but I like the hardback cover version the most since it had dark color in it and the picture was detail than the paperback one. Especially Crown of Midnight had an orange-maroon color for the cover, lovely…

"Stronger Together.
Together Forever."

"Your past doesn't make calls on your future. It doesn't matter who you were. Only who you are."

"This is not the end of me.
This is just one more enemy."

Although the hardback version in pricey but I did not regret it.

 I am not definitely gonna unhaul this one :-D.



Sandrine JB

Source of book cover and synopsis: Goodreads
NB: *For each category summarized that I like, I will give one star. If I don’t like it, I will give no star. If I half like it, I will give half star. The total ratings will be a summed-up of the stars.

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