Book Review #23 CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J Maas

Having thoroughly enjoyed THRONE OF GLASS I was pleased to finally get hold of the next in the series by Sarah J Maas. It follows the life of Celaena a young trained assassin.


In THRONE OF GLASS Celaena was released from prison to enter a competition to become the King’s Champion (assassin). She succeeded, with some interference from magic both for and against her. Seeing as magic has been outlawed and supposedly destroyed, it was very unusual.

We join Celaena as she carries out her orders from the king, assassinating any that may oppose him. She is fit, strong and swift so even though she is a teenage girl it is believable. She comes away from fights injured and bruised and sore. Admittedly, she is solid and highly trained and disciplined.

I love the relationships within the book. They are realistic and fluid changing, adapting, catching the people unawares. The prince, Dorian, and the Captain of the Guard, Chaol, both have deep affection for Celaena but it is not your normal love triangle (which are ultimately frustrating in my opinion). I don’t want to give it all away, but I loved the way the relationships developed.

Celaena battles against her desire to complete her servitude to the king for the few years then receive her freedom and the injustice and darkness she witnesses in the King’s reign. A series of events result in a truth being revealed that forces Celaena’s hand.

Sarah J Maas’ writing is beautiful, the description is wonderful and the setting easy to picture, but with enough left to the imagination. Written for different points of view the reader gets an insight into the thoughts of Celaena, Dorian and Chaol. It is easy to follow and wonderful to see the main character through these men’s eyes.

I give this book a 4 star rating and highly recommend the THRONE OF GLASS series to you.

Thank you for your patience waiting for my latest review, I have been ill for quite a while but am feeling much better now. I have also been trying my hand at being a critique partner so that took some time.

My next review will be REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton.
Have you read it? Please feedback if you have.


  1. Caitlyn Rhodes · April 13, 2016

    OMG I love this series. It just gets better and better!


    • juliapike · May 8, 2016

      Caitlyn have you read Heir of Fire? I have just reviewed it. On to the next in the series as soon as I get it from the library.

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