I recently finished my re-read of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I have to say, I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around. It is so emotional and action packed. Also, it is in this installment that the story and characters start to expand. There is so much more depth in this novel in comparison to the first one.
Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
Goodreads Rating: 4.40
My Rating: 4 Stars
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…
Before starting, I should mention that this portion of my review contains spoilers. I usually try to be spoiler free, but it seems impossible for this one. Haha.
The first book in the series revolved around the tournament to become the King’s champion. Now in Crown of Midnight, we get to see Celaena in her role as the King’s Champion. And suffice to say, that she has no intention of simply doing what she’s told.
I really enjoyed the character development in this novel. We get to know Celaena so much more. She also tries to fight her destiny, but of course, that doesn’t work out so well for her.
She also continues to develop her friendships with Dorian and Nehemia. She also falls in love with Chaol, and I have to say I am a total fangirl for their relationship. Though I ship her with Rowan in the later books, I still love the relationship between her and Chaol. I think he is exactly what she needed at the time, and I was heartbroken for them when fate intervened against them.
That being said, even though I was heartbroken, I can’t deny that the plot swept me away. This book, particularly the second half is non-stop action. I couldn’t put it down. Even though it was a re-read, I still had to read what was next.
I gave this book 4/5 stars and would definitely recommend it, particularly for people who are looking for a fast-paced YA fantasy with strong character development and romance.
I can’t wait to move on to my re-read of the next book.
Happy Reading! 🙂