Thursday 9 February 2017

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Book Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥
Source: Library
Goodreads, Amazon UK 

Here's my review for the first book
This review will have no spoilers for the first book in the series. So, I'm pasting the Goodreads Summary for the first book. 
Goodreads Summary: In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
What did I think?

I'm sorry. I was disappointed. I'm not giving up on the series, in fact I am currently reading the next book, but I was disappointed.

I thought the first 200 pages were very slow. Yes, the last chapter is amazing. Towards the end the pace really picked up and the plot got tight and interesting and that last page, wow. But, it's hard not to be disappointed when the first 200 pages are that slow.

It wasn't all disappointment. I really enjoyed finding out more about the world Sarah J. Maas is building. The writing is vivid and descriptive. The romance is great and happily moving away from the love triangle (why always the love triangle, why?) and the character of Celaena is developed well and turns into someone really interesting. She's less about clothes, make-up and appearance and turns into a more believable, flawed character. She finally gets to explore what it means to be an assassin. I hope we get more of that in the third book.

If you're unsure whether or not to pick this series up, definitely do. I think this will develop into something great, even though I am not the biggest fan yet. The potential is enormous.


  1. Aww..sad to hear you didn't like this happened to be my favourite in the series as I absolutely loved Chaol :) But glad to hear you're sticking with the series! Interested to know your thoughts on book 3 !

  2. I think I mentioned in your review of ToG that I'd read the first books about 2 years ago and never continued with the series. It's not that I disliked it, it's just that there wasn't enough there to make me keep reading. After reading your review of CoM I'm still on the fence! I sure hope book #3 picks up for you!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  3. I am hoping this series gets so much better for you! Book 3 was the real turning point for me, but 4 was where I was utterly addicted and totally fangirling - I'm hoping you are just taking a while to warm up too! I'm still gauging what sort of reader you are (not that we ever reall KNOW another reader, but I like to try!) and I look forward to more reviews!

  4. I started this series a few months ago but I put it aside because of the big reading slump. I want to try it again.