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Book Review: Crown Of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Crown Of Midnight Review: Plot Twist After Plot Twist

Celaena, Adarlan’s most dangerous assassin, has won the King’s gruelling contest to become King’s champion. She is now contracted to do his bidding for the next four years to win her freedom back. The King of Adarlan sets her to work, killing off potential traitors and rebels but the unwilling Celaena has got a few tricks up her sleeve yet. With whispers of amassing rebel forces and secrets between those who once trusted each other, Celaena must keep her wits about her as she tries to figure out what is going on and what demons are lurking in the dark.

Read on to find out more about Crown of Midnight

NB. If you haven’t read my review of Throne of Glass (#1), then you may want to read that first here.

After the action packed and exciting debut to the Throne of Glass series, the sequel, Crown of Midnight, gets off to a slow start. There’s still a lot of world and character building to be done as the relationship between Chaol and Celaena is mapped out, Dorian’s family history is explained and the King’s plans for domination are slowly revealed. The story focusses much less on Celaena now, widening its scope to include many other members of the court and various characters’ histories.

The romance between main characters Chaol and Celaena was surprisingly passionate and whilst I wouldn’t exactly label it ‘mature content’, it certainly implies some very adult things (wink). As with Throne of Glass, the romance isn’t cringe-worthy or childish, it does seem realistic and passionate. Celaena is often seen to be a cold-blooded assassin but Chaol, Captain of the Guard, turns her into an ordinary girl with ordinary feelings. That said, at no point did I think she was ‘silly’, which I think is the right word to describe a lot of female YA protagonists in love, which I was glad about.

I’d definitely say this series is aimed at older teens and young adults because the characters are all mature, working people with ‘real-life’ problems. This is a dark high fantasy tale that seems to just get darker with each new chapter. This series gives you real monsters that bite, not sparkling vampires and I just wish they would make this into a film so I can see these demons take shape.

Now can we just take a minute (or hour) to discuss the ending of Crown of Midnight. My eyes were glued to my Kindle for the last few chapters and I think a hurricane could have blown my home away (Dorothy-style) and I still would have continued reading. Celaena is – ? Chaol said – ? Dorian has – ?! There are at least half a dozen questions burning on the tip of my tongue and I am desperate for answers! I actually re-read the last few passages of this story again as soon as I finished because I couldn’t believe what was happening and I needed to check I hadn’t just made it up in my head!

To conclude, Sarah J Maas has swiftly become my favourite young adult author and she certainly knows how to surprise her fans. Although the first half of this book was a little sluggish, S J Maas throws down plot twist after plot twist in the second half. I have never read a book that has gone from good to extraordinary in the space of just a few pages. Crown of Midnight is full of mystery and intrigue and as soon as you think you’ve got all the characters sussed out, a new piece of information is revealed to completely change that. You’ll have to read the next one to find out where each character’s loyalties lie! 

Onto Heir of Fire we go…

If you haven’t read my review of Throne of Glass yet, check it out here.

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. 27th September 2016 / 9:18 AM

    No I haven’t read this book series. Sounds interesting though.

  2. 27th September 2016 / 10:02 AM

    I’ve not read any of these books before but they sound fun – thanks for sharing x

  3. 27th September 2016 / 10:15 AM

    I’m intrigued! This is the kind of books I love reading, I didn’t know about the series but I’m so curious to read it now!

  4. 27th September 2016 / 12:59 PM

    Sounds an interesting read I haven’t read any of them yet but will do

  5. Tania Potter
    27th September 2016 / 1:00 PM

    I love a good sequel and this sounds like a great one. It probably would make a brilliant movie.

  6. Harriet Miller
    27th September 2016 / 1:23 PM

    I’ve not heard of these before but it certainly sounds like you enjoyed them. Lots of names I can’t pronounce lol. It’s been a long time since I read a real page turner!

  7. 27th September 2016 / 1:28 PM

    This is probably one for my reading list at the minute as I am recovering from surgery x

  8. Little Steps
    27th September 2016 / 2:11 PM

    I’ve never heard of this series, admittedly, this isn’t something I’d pick up for myself, but does sound intriguing.

  9. NooDz TJ
    27th September 2016 / 5:12 PM

    I heard about this before but I never thought to look more into it but you make it sound so interesting I’ll definitely check it out

  10. Laura Dove
    27th September 2016 / 6:13 PM

    I’ve never heard of this series, it’s not the kind of book I like to read but it does sound interesting and a fab review!

  11. 27th September 2016 / 7:39 PM

    Fantastic review, sounds like a great read! I’ve never heard of this series either, but I may keep my eye out xx

  12. 27th September 2016 / 8:24 PM

    Sounds like a good series, definitely one for the wish list 🙂 x

  13. 27th September 2016 / 9:00 PM

    This sounds like an awesome fantasy story. It’s nice that the romance between the character was well developed.

  14. Evelina Vilke
    27th September 2016 / 9:20 PM

    Great review! Adding it my to read list.

  15. Beautyqueenuk
    27th September 2016 / 9:25 PM

    Another fantastic review and a series I have yet to come across or hear about other than right here x

  16. Laura
    27th September 2016 / 10:39 PM

    I thoroughly enjoy reading books with plenty of plot twists in them. It keeps me turning the page! xxx

  17. 27th September 2016 / 10:45 PM

    Oh how cheeky I do like some mature content. I like a fantasy novel with a bit of passion and grit in it.

  18. 28th September 2016 / 1:22 AM

    The Throne of Glass series is seriously the bomb! I’m close to finishing Empire of Storms and it’s so juicy!!! I would love to re-read all the books soon, hehehe. Nice review! I loved CoM, Celaena’s character has really grown so much!

  19. Fatima Ali
    28th September 2016 / 2:34 AM

    I still need to get my hands on it. It’s just that its very difficult to take out time nowadays.

  20. Mai C.
    28th September 2016 / 3:16 AM

    It sounds like my kind of book! I haven’t read anything in a while and I’m itching to get my hands on a new series of books that I’ll be thrilled about! Thanks for reviewing this one. I would love to read the entire series, really.

  21. Candice Nikeia
    28th September 2016 / 3:40 AM

    I love books like this that get your imagination thriving!

    xoxo, Candice

  22. Veethee Dixit
    28th September 2016 / 3:45 AM

    This book sounds like something I am gonna love! I’ll check it out!

  23. Kara
    28th September 2016 / 5:46 AM

    Sounds like an interesting book, will add it to my reading list

  24. Carrie Chady Rundhaug
    28th September 2016 / 9:04 AM

    This book is definitely on my TBR list! Thanks for such a great review!

  25. Amy
    28th September 2016 / 10:34 AM

    This looks excellent I will certainly check it out. Thanks for a great review

  26. Marta Nightingale
    28th September 2016 / 11:42 AM

    Wow, what an in-depth review! Very convincing, sounds like a great choice for the cosy end of the day!

  27. Imogen Clegg
    28th September 2016 / 1:48 PM

    Wow great review! This looks so great, I’m going to check it out 🙂

  28. fashion-mommy
    28th September 2016 / 5:32 PM

    You review so well. These aren’t the sort of books I read but you totally sell them!

  29. Angela Milnes
    28th September 2016 / 5:33 PM

    I do love a good mystery. I enjoy reading your book reviews. They are really thorough and interesting.

  30. Melanie Edjourian
    28th September 2016 / 7:58 PM

    This sounds like an interesting read. You did a really good review I might read this too.

  31. Beautyqueenuk
    28th September 2016 / 9:08 PM

    I do love it when a twist to the plot is thrown in and you are totally not expecting it x

  32. Annie Brooks
    28th September 2016 / 10:26 PM

    I need to branch out with reading… I am a thriller girl through and through but this does sound really appealing!

  33. beautykinguk
    29th September 2016 / 10:04 AM

    Well again, this certainly did catch your attention, your review is is brilliant and I hope the author gets to see it.

  34. Mark & Kate @ Vagrantsofthewor
    29th September 2016 / 11:48 AM

    This caught my attention for sure. I don’t normally go for this kind of genre, but your review had me hooked!

  35. Janella Panchamsingh
    29th September 2016 / 1:23 PM

    Another reading to add to my list to check out. It looks like a great read

  36. 29th September 2016 / 3:49 PM

    Another series I think I need to read- it sounds great!

  37. kerry norris
    30th September 2016 / 10:22 PM

    No I haven’t read these series or heard of them. I’m always after good book recommendations. I actually like reading books aimed at older teens and young adults x

  38. 1st October 2016 / 12:05 PM

    I haven’t read these series either, but it sounds like it might be a good read 🙂

  39. Clairejustineo
    1st October 2016 / 4:28 PM

    I haven’t read this series before but I bet I would love them! I am really trying to find more time to read, I will have to check these out, thanks 🙂

  40. Jessica
    1st October 2016 / 4:38 PM

    Another series to add on my long list to read. Should check this next weekend.

  41. 2nd October 2016 / 3:39 AM

    Interesting. I haven’t heard of this series. I will keep this in mind for a recommendation for my sister.

  42. 2nd October 2016 / 12:56 PM

    I have never heard about this! I often read romantic novels, but sometimes I like a nice mystery!

  43. dreamingloud
    3rd October 2016 / 3:18 PM

    Never heard of this. Sounds of Game of Thrones. haha!

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