Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Age Range: 14 and up
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 27, 2013)
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?
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
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas was born and raised in New York City, but after graduating
from Hamilton College in 2008, she moved to Southern California. She’s
always been just a tad obsessed with fairy-tales and folklore, though
she’d MUCH rather be the one slaying the dragon (instead of the damsel
in distress). When she’s not busy writing, she can be found geeking out
over things like Han Solo, gaudy nail polish, and ballet.
I’m glad I kept going with this series. I’m also glad I waited to read
the books until I had the first three in my possession because I think I would
have gone crazy waiting for the next book to come out. There are an additional three books planned, with a total of six in the series (that I know of).
So much happened in this book. It was a lot to take in, yet it
catapulted the story to the next level as well. While I liked the first
book, I loved this one. It was much more violent and contained a lot
more mature content, so I wouldn’t recommend this series for readers
under the age of 16 or so. As always, I suggest that parents read a book
before giving it to their child to make sure they are comfortable with
the content, especially with books like this.
Just as we start getting some answers, the mystery gets deeper and more
layered. Celaena gets pulled further and further into the web of
intrigue and violence that surrounds her. She is smart, but she does
make some rash decisions that cause a lot of trouble for her. Chaol,
Nehemia, and Dorian also make mistakes. But I enjoyed this book
immensely. It was a heart pounding, edge if my seat, keep me up all
night type of book and I can’t wait to read the third one.
Content: Violence, some language, and non-descriptive sex.