Saturday, August 24, 2013

ARC Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)

Description: She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.

But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?

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. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she willing to fight for?

My Thoughts: CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is epic fantasy at its best. It has a tyrannical king, a handsome crown prince, a loyal captain of the guard, and an eighteen-year-old Champion who does the king's bidding (or at least lets him think so.)

Celaena Sardothien has won the contest to become the King's Champion and now has to do what he wants. What he mainly wants is for her to kill his many and varied enemies. Since she loves both Dorian, the king's heir, and Chaol, the captain of the king's guards, the king uses their safety as an incentive for her to do what he commands. But Celaena has a number of secrets - some of which are revealed in this middle book in a trilogy. Among her secrets is the fact that she isn't killing those she is sent to kill but, rather, letting them flee the kingdom. 

When the king demands that she investigate the rebel movement growing in the city, Celaena encounters an old friend named Archer and learns that her best friend Nehemia is also keeping secrets from her. 

This was an amazing story about love found and then lost, hidden magic and magical beings, and a quest to determine the source of the king's power and finding a way to defeat it. I liked Celaena because, for an assassin, she is really a girly-girl who loves pretty things and who really wants to just be able to live her life without getting involved in all the convoluted politics of the court. Unfortunately, fate has a role for her to play that will take her out of her comfort zone and into a world she would rather not enter.

I can't wait to find out what happens next.

Favorite Quote:
Her eyelids were heavy as she opened them, blinking away the blurriness that still lingered. Her stomach ached, but the gloriella had worn off. She looked to her left, as if she'd somehow known, even in sleep, where he was.

Chaol dozed in the chair, his arms and legs sprawled out, his head tipped back, exposing the unbuttoned collar of his tunic and the strong column of his throat. From the angle of sunlight, it was probably around dawn.

"Chaol," she rasped.

He was instantly awake and alert, leaning toward her, as if he, too, always knew where she was. 
I got this ARC at ALA. You can buy your copy here.


  1. I loved this book as well. From the characters to the setting to the pacing, I think Maas is a great storyteller.


  2. Yes. THe million dollar question. What IS going to happen next? Loved this book. Can't wait for the next. Super review!


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