Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Hey supernovas! The second to last book in the best-selling series is out! GODDD. I need to read it. Me must see what happens with Chaol! I have to finish the next three books QUICKLY.img_0536

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Learn more about the author and further publications at: sarahjmaas.com

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Goodreads blurb:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.FullSizeRender

*Because everyone (not literally) has read C.O.M., I will panic, shed tears, and talk about everything here!

MY. HEAVENS. WHY. BUT. NEHEMIA. WHY. SHE. WENT. BYE BYE.
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I utilize insane hand gestures to make sense of things.

Reading the latest review on C.O.M I didn’t notice the first-half was apparently going at a slow momentum. Maybe I was brain dead for that time? My rectangular glasses and me were knee deep in the story, absorbing every fleck and speck the book has to offer. Celeana’s ego shined in her words making for intriguing and jocular banter. The character development was glorious and the surprises are everlasting. (A couple really hurt!)

What do I type about first?! Celeana. Chaol. Celeana and Chaol. I thought should I read about any romancy moments between these two, I’d ugly cry.  That’s not what happened! I was CHEERING and yelling on the sidelines for them. I wanted them to last LONGER THAN THEY DID.

“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”

I freaking love you, Chaol Westfall.

“And because she was young, and so damn clever and amusing and wonderful, wherever she made her home, there would be some man who would fall in love with her and who would make her his wife, and that would be the worst truth of all. It had snuck up on him, this pain and terror and rage at the thought of anyone else with her. Every look, every word from her… he didn’t even know when it had started.”

Chaol wasn’t overly jealous (unless they gave him a villainous vibe), he cares for the girl he loves, he’s a skilled warrior, he’s gorgeous in and out, but the one mistake he made- demolished their relationship. Damn his unwavering loyalty to that poor excuse for a king! This is absolute madness. Yet I could relate to Celeana’s feelings after Chaol’s error took affect… the consequences that followed. Why didn’t she come to terms with the fact for most of Chaol’s existence his job was his whole life. EVEN I understood that soon enough and I comprehend nothing logical! After hours of reading and getting used to them being apart, my fatalistic attitude was finally vanquished, but THEN I read this

“What does that mean?” he demanded.
She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”

MeNtAl BrEaKdoWn In THe PrOCeSs.

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Pushing rising emotions down, let me move onto Dorian. Him coming to terms with the truth was emotionally satisfying and not. I didn’t want him to be bitter for the whole story! At the same time, I didn’t want to imagine there being no chance him and Celeana will come together again. (I know I’m being bipolar. *sobs*) When he was determined to wash out any affection he had for Celeana, I was for it. Clearly not a hundred percent on board, but I didn’t want him to be the vulnerable, sad prince who pines after the King’s Champion he could not in forever have. He deserves a million times better though! Especially for a girl who was trying to ignore him for a huge part of the story and who only ran into his open arms when Chaol was suddenly the worst!! Omigod, I’m all over the place. I’m seeing stars from staring at my laptop screen so much.

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For you, Dorian.❤️

Celeana is suppose to be an assassin. It’s what she’s been trained to do since her parents’ death. As the King’s Champion she’s is expected to slaughter who the king commands her to kill. Be that as it may, she isn’t doing it. I have no problem with that! But how was she okay taking lives for Arobynn Hamel… if she ever did, I mean, but sprout a conscience when it comes to the King of Adarlan who’s more of a tyrant than anyone else??

“But, Olga she needs those people to help her defeat the King.”

Yes, but not each were warm-hearted people. (Like, ARCHER.) Plus she didn’t care about helping anyone until Nehemia called her a coward. If anything, she was a detective through and through. (Not complaining about that either!)

Although, her being a weakling for awhile pissed me off. I became okay with it after thinking, “Well, commonly main characters dive in head first into this sort of thing so the author is doing something different here. Go with it, Olga!” Celeana’s attitude can use a bit of fixing. Going back and forth with Dorian and Chaol was a hell of a tragic mistake. You can’t be with Dorian because of your duties. Okay. Goes to Chaol. Pushes Dorian away. Chaol messes up and someone’s life was lost in the mist of the crazy. O.K. Right to back off is accepted. Go to Dorian for comfort knowing he’s obviously not fully over you…ummm.

There is nothing else I can comment on to sour my mood. I consumed each word and was sucked into the world of Erilea. Not a single page was the opposite of engaging. How is that achievable?! SARAH J. MAAS, YOU BLOW MINDS.

Final thoughts: Dear Sarah, I (neither did my family) think it was possible to make an even bigger book fanatic out of me so you went ahead and proved them incorrect! As you can tell, the feels for C.O.M. are scattered across the earth. Sorry if it was too much to ingest in one sitting. Sarah can do that to you!

A Favorite Quote:

“But no matter what I did, Elentiya, I want you to know that in the darkness of the past ten years, you were one of the bright lights for me. Do not let that light go out”
Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight

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Most of you have read the published books from this series so what can I expect from Heir of Fire? PLEASE tell me the love triangle is officially cut? Has Celeana made incredible progress in her plan to gain allies? 

If you haven’t already bought it, here’s a link: Amazon or Barnes and Noble*

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A ‘thank you so much’ from me to you for dealing with my hyperventilation and coping with the craziness my writing gives off. Adios!

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Bella says:

    God I️ don’t know what to say without spoiling it. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. The books only get better. And yes. The love triangle definitely goes away. However, my dear, I️ leave you with a word of advice: expect the unexpected.

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