REVIEW: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

5 August, 2013

If you’d told me a few months ago that Crown of Midnight would be even better than Throne of Glass, I wouldn’t have believed you. Throne of Glass has been a firm favourite of mine since I read it and so I didn’t know anything could surpass it. But, obviously, Crown of Midnight did.

Crown of Midnight starts a little bit ahead of where Throne of Glass let off and we’re instantly brought back to Erilea and the life of our heroine, Celaena Sardothien. Following on from the events of Throne of Glass, Celaena is working harder than ever.

It was so easy to immerse myself in the world that Maas has created. The world building is so thorough and in-depth that it’s easy to think that you are actually living in Erilea. Imagine my disappointment when I lifted my head up to find that I was sat in my living room!

Celaena is as kick ass as ever and she’s definitely one of my favourite female protagonists ever. In this novel, we really get a sense of who she is and also learn a lot about her life before Endovier and the castle. I think this novel is really important to her character development. I wish I had read the novellas before reading this, but I’m going to be putting the time in now to catch up with them because I’d really like to know more about Celaena’s life before Endovier.

This book sees a lot of the love triangle that we saw hints of in Throne of Glass, and Celaena does make a decision. This book certainly sees a lot of heartbreak! At times I could feel myself wanting to shake the book because some of the scenes were so destroying. For both teams, actually.

The plot has been so carefully created that everything flows at just the right pace. I can’t fault Maas’ timing and precision because everything was perfect.

Crown of Midnight has left me wanting more of the amazing writing, the fantastic characters, and the action-packed and gripping plot lines. It really is going to be torturing waiting another year for the next book.

five-stars

16 Comments

  • Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

    5 August, 2013 at 5:24 am

    YAY LUCY! I’m glad that you loved Crown of Midnight even more than you loved Throne of Glass, impossible as it may seem :)) Celaena has always been such a tough character, so I’m glad you thought she continued the trend throughout the series. Ahh I remember the love triangle and I totally agree with how both teams end up getting their heart broken somehow by the end 🙂

    Fantastic review! <33
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      7 August, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      I know. The ending is so sad 🙁 IT MAKES ME CRY. I have no idea what will happen in the next book!
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  • Ruby

    5 August, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    YAY I’m so glad you really loved this! 😀 I thought it was actually better than Throne of Glass, and I agree that the wait for this next book will be torturous! Like you said, I also find it so easy to immerse myself in the world that Maas has created! 😀

    Wonderful review Lucy and I’m still not over how beautiful your blog looks! ;D
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      7 August, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Ruby! I did, too!

      Aww! I love it, too, but it still needs some tweaking. Must get around to that soon…
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  • Sophie

    5 August, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    This book totally destroyed me as well. I’m fervently hoping that there’s a rescue in the third book. Man, I love this series…
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      7 August, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      There better be! I do, too! There’s just something about it that makes it irresistible.

      Thanks for stopping by!
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  • Samantha

    5 August, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I have had this book on pre-order for months! I cannot wait to read it. I’ve booked my tickets to see Sarah when she attends the Bath Children’s Literature Festival in October and I can’t wait.

    1. Lucy Powrie

      7 August, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      I’ll be there too and I’m so excited! You won’t be disappointed by Crown of Midnight, I assure you. 🙂
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  • Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews

    5 August, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I only liked Throne of Glass so it’s great to hear that this one is even better! I’m probably going to pick it up now!

    Ahhhh! Love triangles usually break my heart…

    Great review! 🙂
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      7 August, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      This is a totally unique love triangle. I don’t know if you could even call it that!
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  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    6 August, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    GAH I LOVED THIS BOOK AS WELL! TEAM CHAOL <3 Celaena really showed her kick ass side here and I found it much more eventful that ToG.

    Lovely review, hon! <33
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      7 August, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      YES! TEAM CHAOL, FTW! I love that guy soooo much!

      Thank you!
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  • Rebekah@The Reflections of a Bookworm

    6 August, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    It’s so cruel that we have to wait another year for the next installment 🙁 Oh my days, such a brilliant book and so many parts of it that I cannot convey the feeeeeeeeeeeeeels!
    Awesome review, Lucy 😀
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    1. Lucy Powrie

      7 August, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      It is! At least I have the novellas whilst I wait!
      THE FEELS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE!
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      1. Rebekah @ Reflections of a Bookworm

        7 August, 2013 at 10:20 pm

        You hadn’t read the novellas?! Oh man….there are many more feels to come!

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