Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas Book Review

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

Crown of Midnight

by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury

Book 2 in the Throne of Glass series

"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.


Violence High-Fantasy Intriguing

Young Adult Exciting


Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas is the second book in her Throne of Glass series, and centers around assassin, and now King's Champion, Celaena, who is currently serving her four years, doing the king's dirty work, in order to secure her freedom. Crown of Midnight also reveals the story through Prince Dorian's perspective, Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, and once from Princess Nahemia, the King, and a mysterious creature. Everyone has there secrets, and after tragedy occurs, Celaena must face her own secrets, and learn of the secrets those around her are keeping, before it's too late.

Now this was better.

If you saw my review for Throne of Glass, you will know that I wasn't a fan. The writing was too choppy, the characters were meh, too many unanswered questions ... but Crown of Midnight somewhat redeems that. Somewhat. I think one of the problems I have with this series is that it's written in third person. I hate third person narratives. That aside, there was a lot of improvement with this book. I could tell that Sarah Maas's writing skills matured a bit between the first and second book. It felt more unique for the genre this time around, whereas before it was a little too Hunger Games/Game of Thrones-y for me. The story this time around was action packed, and didn't have important parts skipped over, which was a major issue in the first book. Characters were given a bit of room to breath and grow. I started to see what they saw in one another to form the bonds they have. I still feel there is a lot of room for Sarah to do more in this area. More background, more depth. Give the reader more to latch onto and love. As the series grows, I hope that's the case. Consistency was flawless. Things that didn't line up before, finally did, and it was nice that small little moments that occurred in the first book, finally made sense. I had my theories of course, but having it confirmed, and how it was confirmed, was done well in my opinion.