Mini Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Title:  Crown of Midnight
Author:  Sarah J. Maas
Series:  Throne of Glass #2
Publisher:  Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Publication Date:  August 27, 2013
Pages:  418
Format/Source:  Hardback/Gifted
Age Group/Genre:  Young Adult/Fantasy

“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 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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

*Warning:  This is the second book in a series.  While I really don’t like spoilers, you might find some slight Book 1 spoilers in this review.*

Since this is the second book in a series, I’m just going to write a mini review where I share some of my notes.

  • Thanks to my notes from Throne of Glass, the recap on Recaptains, and some answers from Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, I was able to not feel so confused as I was reading Crown of Midnight.  Because I felt like I had forgotten EVERYTHING.
  • 50,000 Bonus Points for a map in the front of the book! (Yes, I know most high fantasy books have maps, but I still have to give Bonus Points for it because I LOVE MAPS.)
  • I like the Robin Hood vibe to this one.
  • I loved both Chaol and Dorian in book one, but at the end of that book I was Team Dorian.  I still love them both, but after reading Crown of Midnight I think I’m now slightly more Team Chaol.
  • Once again, I had SO many theories going on while reading this book.
  • I loved the talking door knocker, Mort!  It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland.
  • I love that Celaena kicks ass but she also loves things like fancy gowns and jewelry.  Being girly isn’t bad or a sign of weakness!
  • 50,000 Bonus Points for more secret passageways!
  • One of my favorite lines:  “Perhaps there was an unstoppable magic inherent in music and art.”
  • Some really crazy and sad parts in this book.
My rating for Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas:
Actually 4.5 stars.  A fantastic read.  I loved the whole thing, but especially loved the last 100 pages or so.  I can’t wait to read the third book, Heir of Fire!
Find it:  Goodreads │ Amazon │ Bloomsbury
You may also enjoy:  Graceling │ Scarlet

Disclaimer:  I received this book as a gift from a family member.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.


  1. Brandi Kosiner

    June 9, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    This one def won me over to Chao too. I had forgotten so much from the first too since they have so much info and reading so much since, but am loving the series overall.

  2. Michelle@Book Briefs

    June 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I love the recaptains too :) very helpful.

    This is a series that I really want to start. And since this week i saw the third book floating around everywhere, I know that I need to get on it!

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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