Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass Series #2)

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass Series #2)

by Sarah J. Maas

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Celaena Sardothien is the king's Champion-yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.

Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena's world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.

An action-packed and romantic adventure that readers “will never want to leave” (Kirkus Reviews), the next chapter in this smash hit New York Times best-selling series is sure to please Sarah Maas's enormous and ever-growing fan-base–and to set the stage for an explosive third book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619630642
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Series: Throne of Glass Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 7,900
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Her books are published in over thirty-six languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.
Instagram: therealsjmaas

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Crown of Midnight 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 228 reviews.
PrettyInFiction More than 1 year ago
Celaena Sardothian is back and more badass then ever in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. My favorite thing about this series is how the world engulfs you and doesn't let you up until the very end. And not even then, because Maas knows just what information to dangle in front of you, knowing you'll be drooling for more. For those of you who felt Throne of Glass could have used a bit more action, you'll be glad to hear that not only has the King's Champion finally got her assassin on, but also that the danger gets ratcheted up a notch too. And no one is safe. Now onto the boys! You want to know why I'm Team Chaol? Chocolate cake. Seriously. Any guy who brings you chocolate cake on the worst night of your life is worthy of some major swoonage. These two have their problems in Crown of Midnight, but even in the midst of a fight, you can still see how much they care about each other. The romance in this book is hot, but at the same time, absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved. I won't lie, even though I'm solidly Team Chaol, Dorian is badass in this book. A lot of things change for him. I won't go into details, but I'll say this: By the end of the book, I was swaying towards Team Dorian, if not for Celaena, than at least for myself! Although, I really enjoyed reading the Celaena/Dorian scenes throughout Crown of Midnight, much more than I did in the first (which might be because the love triangle plot has been somewhat dissolved in this one). They make a really good team and it's fun to read about, even if you're worried for their lives most of the time. The only negative thing I can even think to say about Crown of Midnight is that, for most of the book—like, maybe the middle 50 percent—the characters are all keeping major secrets from each other. Now, I get why they kept some of those secrets, but for people who claim to love each other so much, they certainly don't seem to trust each other. At all. It seemed to me like the plot dragged a little because of all this secret keeping, especially around the middle. But that's not to say the story wasn't still an action packed page turner, because it was. But there were a few times when I felt the plot could have been rushed along a little. Crown of Midnight is one of those exceptional sequels that outshines the first book in nearly every way. Which is saying a lot since I loved Throne of Glass. If you had your problems with Throne of Glass, give this book a chance, I bet you'll love it. And if you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? With a brilliantly thought out fantasy world with magic, fae, a thoroughly evil villain, and a heroine who is the perfect mix between strong and vulnerable, this is a series every fantasy lover needs to own. Not to mention the boys. Oh, the boys.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    Given it has been a bit from reading Throne of Glass, honestly all I remember was that I loved it, Celaena was kick ass and I adored her, and there was a love triangle that I liked and I think I was rooting for the underdog. All my recollection from before I began, but it quickly came back to me.     Celaena is tough, smart and witty, and I admired her. She goes about everything in such a calculated manner, and she has this ability to see and treasure the good, and have no limits for injustice. I couldn't believe but thought it was exactly like her in the ways that she was defying the king. I knew that she was walking a very narrow road, but admired her all the same. I honestly had forgotten about the Elena theme from the last one, but it also emerged in this one, and I enjoyed that storyline as it challened Celaena even more.      I loved Chaol even more in this one. It is becoming apparent to even Dorian how much he cares for Celaena, and he can't stand it when she is off on the dangerous missions for the king. He wants to protect her and wishes that the line drawn by his position and hers wasn't there. But I lived for their stolen moments, of how steamy it can even be for him to just hold her. It is touching how he cares for her so much he just wants to throw caution to the wind, but I am glad that he is smart about it.      Dorian was present in this one, but thankfully wasn't really a factor into the triangle like in the first, but he is there as a friend to Celeana when she needs one the most. He stepped up in many ways, but still has a long way to grow as royalty. But he is harboring a secret in this one that I had no inkling would happen, but it means big things.      I will say that Sarah almost made me cry, and def shocked me at some of the turn of events that happened. There were so many twists in this one, things that I never saw coming, and that I am still even at the end, not sure exactly what the implications will be but I know that I can't wait to find out. The climax and ending left me breathless and wanting more from this beautifully written novel with so many layers.       Bottom Line: Layered and exciting 2nd book of a series with an awesome and dangerous female main character. 
Tween_2_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Crown of Midnight was spectacular. The first book, Throne of Glass, was one of my all-time favorite books, but this managed to top it, easily. See my review of Throne of Glass here. When reading the reviews by bloggers before it came out, I didn't get what was SO great about this book, but having picked it up and read it, I can't disagree with them. Crown of Midnight is perfect in every way. It has amazing character development, a perfect plot arc, and a cliffhanger at the ending that has left me hungering for book three! The main character is Celeana Sardothian. She's an assassin in a mythical land known Erilea. As of the beginning of the book, Celeana works for the twisted and evil king of Adarlan. When I started book one, I knew something was special about Celeana. On page 85, I realized just how special she was. I had fantasies about Celeana that I was almost positive wouldn't happen, but oh, they happened. She's good at keeping secrets, even from herself. Celeana's past has always been a bit of a mystery, but this book sheds more light on the topic then ever before. The truth comes trickling out through secrets and lies. Romance is an important aspect of the book, but more often than not, I wasn't quite feeling the spark. In book one, there was a love triangle between Celeana, crown prince Dorian, and Chaol, Captain of the Guard. It's more or less solved in this book, but I keep wanting more. As readers know, previous to the series, Celeana had a boyfriend named Sam who was killed right before she was arrested. The ideal ending romantically for me, would be that Dorian and Chaol were put to the side and Sam was brought back from the dead. I honestly loved that boy, and his character feels too rich and deep just to kill off after four novellas. The characters don't end! There's also Princess Nehemia. She's Celeana's best friend and closest confident. She's a rebellious girl and hates the king for attacking her people. When the worst happens, and disrupts all of their lives, the characters still manage to heal and heal fast. Not once to they hold back, mess up, or go to slow. And by the end of the story, Celeana has realized what she is willing to fight for, her past, her family, her kingdom, herself. Sarah J. Maas was tasked with the responsibility of created an entire new world, full of possibilities and people. She does this amazingly, effortlessly weaving in side-plots and backstories for characters only mentioned or to come. Events occur that readers know will have repercussions and can't wait to see. Your characters pain is our gain, as they say. The book flows from one page or another until, before I know it, I've somehow already finished the book. I flew threw these pages, not once stopping for anything. The book is so amazing, words simply can't describe it. A world has been born, people, and as each person picks it up and discovers it, this world will grow more and more. I love this book and am super excited to meet Sarah herself this afternoon! I give this book five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first review ever and this book deserves a review. Anyway i wont spoil or tell you about the book, but i will say this is by far the best book i have ever read and i've read many good books. But this book will always be my favorite book in history. I loved the throne of glass, but the crown of midnight really touched my heart and it was very hard for me to put the book down let alone read it as slowly as possible. If you really want to enjoy a good book with action and love this is the book u really want to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it when it all comes together in the end...and I love when I predictions come true. I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the first book. I hope this trend continues! I thought the author did a great job building the mystery of Celaena's heritage up and slowly revealing it piece by piece until it all comes out in the end. Poor Chaol.....he suffers so prettily. His love for Celaena is so strong it blinds him to anything else. His ability to think and see through the fog of his infatuation is his weakness...and when he think he is doing what is end up hurting him and them in the end. And his loyalty to the current King and Dorian...just adds to his pain and conflict. I love Chaol and I'm rooting for him, and it is great to find a book where the secondary characters also draw you in. I also am excited to see Dorian come into his own and finally break out of his father's shadow. I loved the slow build of the main romance and the ambiguousness of not only Chaol and Celaena, but Dorian and her as well. In the end though I hope they all stop keeping secrets and just tell each other something! Lord...this is frustrating. There are so many divided loyalties and motive...that even people close as any two people can be...has a wall of secrets between them. It can be exciting and frustrating. I hope the next books....there is more communication. lol But overall this sequel answered lots of questions about the King's motives and who or what is involved in his plans, and I am sure there is more to come with him and his thirst for power. And while I enjoy the angst...I hope in the end....there is a happy ending. Especially for long suffering Chaol. lol. 4 1/2 starts really. Almost perfect.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
High fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. Surpassing all my expectations, I adore this book! Plot: This plot moves quickly yet it has so much to get into. From emotions ranging from happy to anger, fights that lead to the death and an ultimate betrayal that will make you gasp, this plot does not let up. There is no stopping once you read this book. All the sarcastic comments, fights, and love is forever etched into my mind like a movie that I want to rewind and watch again. I read this book driving up to the Houston Book Rave. My husband was driving and bored so he ask me what I was reading. I told him, describing scene by scene. Before we knew it, we had this back and forth thing going where I would read a few chapters then fill him in. At one point he was like, “Are you done yet? Tell me what happen!” And I’m like,”Dude! I’m reading as fast as I can!” And he’s all like,” Well hurry up! I want to know if she is going to kill the guy!” Then he asked me several times if it is a movie. I told him no. He made a sad face. Love: O.M.G. This part is another amazing areat of the book that I totally felt invested in. I think the full range of emotions that the author gives the reader makes it easy to feel invested. I knew the characters. Celaena is my type of gal. Kick-butt and strong, she doesn’t play around or take crap from anyone. She tells it how it is and her threats aren’t threats. There are promise that she will fulfill whatever she says. Watching this love form between Calaena and the guy is like watching a train wreck happen in slow motion. It starts off good, then goes faster and then the crash. Oh man, the crash. When I read that scene, I actually put my face in the book and said,” NOOOOOO!” I really hope that things can be fixed but Calaena is tough girl and doesn’t forgive easily. But just so you know, I”m anxious for the next book already. Ending: You think after reading soo many heavy revelations that the author will give an easy ending right? HECK NO! The ending not only ripped me to shreds but HOLY CRAPOLA!! That revelation stunned me like a statue. I’m pretty sure I re-read the last page several times just to make sure I read that scene correctly. The author did a beautiful job, connecting every piece of the puzzle slowly but at the right time. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW PLEASE! Crown Of Midnight is an dashing story you don’t want to miss. A perfect fantasy that is easy to divulge in, Crown Of Midnight matures into a blooming story setting the bar high for the next book. Slick and action-packed, Crown Of Midnight is full of win!!
Teresa_H More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing! I loved it. I thought it was interesting, compelling, intense, and heartbreaking at times. And finally they revealed what I'd suspected to be true since the first book! I am so pumped for the third book and to see what Celaena decides to do because of the events of this book.
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
Throne of Glass was one of my favorite reads of 2012. It was one of those novels that you devour. So, I had great expectations for Crown of Midnight and the anticipation was enough to make me go stir crazy. To say the least, Crown of Midnight did not disappoint. I gobbled this novel up like there was no tomorrow. Everyone knows I like strong heroines and Celaena has become one of my all-time favorite heroines. She could kick your ass from ten ways to Sunday.  Celaena went through a complete transformation and retribution was imminent.  I would break my neck trying to cross the street if I saw her coming. Sarah gave me everything I could want in this book and more. The characters in this series are unforgettable and the action and mystery kept me on the edge of my seat.  I was glad to see a different side a Celaena.  I have to mention Dorian and Chaol. These men are loveable in their own way and I can’t wait to see where their paths will lead in the next book. There were surprises around every corner and some mind boggling revelations. This series is a must read. I would recommend it to anyone who will listen. If you haven’t started this series yet, now’s the time to jump aboard. With a well-crafted plot, unforgettable characters, and kickass action, you won’t be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy to have discovered these books!!! It was recommended to me by an awesome bookseller and I can't thank her enough. This book did not disappoint after reading Throne of Glass and 2 of the novellas. I just wish nook sold all of the novellas. Please read this series if you are even mildly interested and definitely read Crown of Midnight if you liked the first book- it's worth it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm only half way through so far and I gotta say, so hard to put this one down. I've been waiting for this book since the day I started reading Throne of Glass. Can't wait for the next one. This one is most definitely my new all time favorite! Thank you Sarah Maas for writing a wicked fantastic book. Hurry up and write the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book in 5 hours, it was that good. This is one of my fav series and i loved every minute reading this book. Fantastic job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maas has done it again! An amazing book yet again, honestly so excited for ever is next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally a sequel that is better than the first! If you like action, intrigue, and heart- wrenching- edge-of-your-seat- intensity read this series. A must have for shelf!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lost tons of sleep because I just couldn’t put this book down! Fast paced action, romance, secrets, half truths, a heart wrenching death, this installment had it all and I can’t wait to see what happens in Wendlyn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I experienced a lot of emotions reading this book and the ending was amazing! On to book two!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would read this book a thousand times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive only read to chapter 12, but I already know it has the makings of a great, awesome, annd fantastic book. Even better thann the first!! Its a must read book, and this is coming from a bok critic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
Great read and excellent continuation of the series. I love the main characters and I can't wait to see what happens to them in the next book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i so loved this book it played with my emotions so much its full of action love twists and turns i could not stop reading!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sarah has created an amazing world that captivates readers from the beginning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Cafeyre 7 days ago
In this part of the story, Celaena becomes King’s Champion. She receives orders from the kind with the list of traitors to kill. As the story begins everyone might think that Celaena completely lost her kindness and humanity as she became a murderer. It’s such a relief when it comes out that the only thing she’s doing is helping these people to leave as far as they can to be free from the king’s threats. Everything is going smoothly until her old friend Archer occurs on the list. As in the first book Celaena’s love story with Dorian ends, here Chaol takes over the lead. Their relationship flies high with the time they get to know each other better. They are starting to think more seriously about their future. Both of them are ready to sacrifice everything for each other. Then, suddenly everything falls apart. There is no help to repair what they lost that night. There is no coming back to times where everything was about love. Trust was broken. Celaena starts to concentrate now on the mystery plans of the king, and a riddle hidden in the castle. With the information she collected, everything looks clearer now. Her eagerness of solving the clue brings around her a lot of danger. As she cut Chaol completely from her life, Dorian is the only one who’s around her at this time. They are both in a need of someone close and with each other help, they are feeling better each day. The ending of the book is definitely shocking. Honestly, I was reading it so fast that I didn’t even have time to blink. I’m glad that my roommate was asleep, I’d probably scared her as I looked like a maniac reading it with an open mouth. It was a perfect ending for this part of the story. I just wanted to scream ‘THAT’S MY GIRL’ with each upcoming information about our heroine. Even if this book started to irritate me in between, the ending just saved it and completed the story. A lot of things changed in this book. As I completely adored Celaena and Chaol in the first book, they became a little bit annoying in this one. Celaena cared more about herself and her relationship than anything else. When Nehemia was her biggest supporter, I cannot say the same about the main character. Moreover, she promised friendship to Dorian right after she won a fight with Cain, and now she just started to ignore him and left him alone. On the other hand, she fixed everything in the end so it can be her forgiven. However, Chaol is another part of the story. I just don’t like him and his appearance annoys me every time I read his name. He changed a lot or we just didn’t know much about him in Throne Of Glass. What I don’t like in him the most is that he thinks he always knows better. He knows everything better than Celaena and Dorian but if it comes to the king, he’s like his little, scared puppy. I’m sorry but I just can’t stand his attitude. My thoughts (Warning: Spoilers) Okay, let’s talk about the moment when Nehemia died. Am I the only one who thought everything is arranged? I wasn’t even crying when Celaena found her dead because I was sure she is alive. Don’t ask me why I don’t know. It was just impossible to kill such a great character. I’m still very disappointed that it’s the ending of her story. She deserved much better and much more. Another aspect I would like to talk about is Dorian and his powers. I was so happy to find out that he wasn’t forgotten and pushed back after the first book. His story just begins and I’m sure he will show how great a character he is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the characters