Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Hello everyone,

Today’s review is on Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

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If you’ve seen my review for Throne of Glass you will know that I am in the process of rereading the first four books in the series so that I can finally read the last three books without being seriously lost. As with the previous book, this will be a somewhat spoilery review, so I apologize, but I also just need to fangirl and rant about some stuff.

Crown of Midnight opens up a couple of months after Celaena Sardothein has been named the King’s Champion – essentially his assassin. She still has secrets that she carries that she can’t reveal to anyone, not even her best friend, Nehemia. However, she is soon tasked with dispatching members of a rumored rebel group who seek to overthrow the king and restore the long thought to be dead prince of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius , in his place. Celaena knows that this is not possible, but she seeks to find out more about this rebel group. Meanwhile, something evil and sinister is lurking deep within the castle that could cause chaos if allowed to roam.

It is honestly hard to summarize Crown of Midnight because there are so many different things going on throughout the novel. First off, the first chapter was great, at first it seems so gruesome, until it is revealed that Celaena isn’t as ruthless as she seems and she isn’t actually killing the individuals that the king wants her to. I think this shows how she is striving to keep her humanity intact rather than becoming cold-hearted and cruel like the king. It is also interesting watching her make hard decisions, but also her loyalty to those she cares about.

And then there is Prince Dorian and Chaol. I like some aspects of their characters, however I hate their petty jealousy towards one another over Celaena. Also Chaol and Celaena’s relationship throughout the book was not my favorite part. However, I did like Dorian’s growth and his coming into his own as a character, and even going as far as standing up t and questioning his father and the council members over their treatment of others.

Then there is Nehemia – who’s death I have never gotten over ever since I first read Crown of Midnight 4 years ago. I get why she was killed, but at the same time I still wish it hadn’t happened.

I also liked how we get to see how even though there are people who want to overthrow the king, it is not necessarily with good intentions – although they will say anything to gain a following – but rather they are just trying to gain power for themselves without thinking about the various ramifications of said power.

Also, I had completely forgotten about Baba Yellowlegs, however I think she served as a great introduction to the Ironteeth witches who start having a more prominent role in the next book. It was great foreshadowing, but she also gave me the heebie-jeebies. Another character I enjoyed was Mort the enchanted door knocker on the door to Elena and Gavin’s tomb. I loved his banter with Celaena, and even though he’s probably supposed to have a somewhat menacing voice, for whatever reason I also imagined the door from Alice in Wonderland when he was talking.

Also the reveal at the end made a lot more sense this time around and did not seem to come out of left field like it had before when I first read it. (If you know, you know).

Overall, a solid follow-up to Throne of Glass and on to Heir of Fire now. 4/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.

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