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Crown of Midnight

(Throne of Glass #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  554,024 ratings  ·  40,881 reviews
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan's deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies' blood - but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors - a captain and a prince - and battling
Paperback, 418 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
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Sk I read this series when I was twelve and it was my choice to read the book series. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and if anything, the sexual co…moreI read this series when I was twelve and it was my choice to read the book series. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and if anything, the sexual content built the characters up to a could-be-standing-right-next-to-me reality. So, in truth, I reckon it depends on maturity to read this series, because I found it hard to put down!!(less)
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Emily May
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, arc, 2013

Shit seriously just went down. Oh wow, where do I start with this sequel? I wasn't even sure I was going to read it when I recently finished Throne of Glass and found it entertaining but a poor excuse for fantasy. You want to know what Crown of Midnight felt like? It was like the author listened to every piece of criticism I could have thrown at the first book, listened to everything I loved and everything that irritated me... and then wrote a perfect kind of book. The kind I wanted the first on
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Wow! This was an exceptional sequel. I loved it so much! I feel like the series has more of a direction, which is exciting. I'm still processing everything that happened in this book, because SO MUCH HAPPENS. I'll be doing a full review/discussion soooooon. ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, on-app, ya, fantasy
5/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

Chaol Westfall, a well-trained, muscular grown-ass man, Captain of the Royal Guard: *gets all soft and smooshy in this book*

me: *needs to wrap him in a blanket, feed him some good hot Romanian rice pudding with lemon and sour cherry jam and protect him from the rest of the world because he is that precious*
- Actual plans that I really think about considering in a very serious way

After reading the first book of the series, Throne of Glass
Miranda Reads
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Celaena may be many things but she is not a murderer.

She is an assassin.

There's a difference. (Probably.)
He had no idea what sort of darkness lurked inside her, or what sort of monster she was willing to become in order to make things right.
I honestly don't even know where to start with this one. It was so good and I'm just absolutely reeling from that ending. Because. Wow. Sarah J. Maas just delivered on this sequel.
"Enough! We have enough enemies as it is! There are worse th
Andreea Pop

Holy mother of all Gods! I'm starstruck. This is what I'd like to call a gorgeous sequel. Dare I say it, it might even top Throne of Glass!

Celaena Sardothien is doing her job as King's Champion, meaning she's killing people that stepped on the king's toes. And now she's got a new target: Archer Finn, former crush and friend from the time when she was within the Assassin’s Guild. Turns out, she's not killing her targets, but faking their deaths, so she's in a lot
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

You can find the full review and more about this book on my blog!


“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”




Don't get me started on the cover,because you all know how much I appreciate these beauties.This series has everything on it's perfection,starting from the covers to the story and the characters,and everyth

Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”

To say Sarah J. Maas stepped up her game in the second book of her “Throne of Glass Series” most certainly would be the understatement of the century. No, scratch that, it actually doesn’t even get close to the truth. XD

I swear in comparison to the first book this truly was an action packed and suspenseful read! =)
Alone the many awesome fight scenes and the countless revelations throughout the entire book were already enough
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
6th reread.

Will I ever stop?

That’s a no.


The ending. The ending. The ending. And the buildup to that ending? Absolute game-changer.
My heart was beating! It brought me right back to the first time I read this series and felt my obsession with it and Sarah J Maas brewing! I latched on to it. And I have fallen in love alllll over again! 😍

There’s so much that I just felt!
Celaena’s character development in this, to her finally beginning to accept and deal with her past, to stop trying to
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is how you write a fantasy novel. Great characters, development, evolution and revelations. Magic used intelligently, and my personal favourite action. I could not put the book down. I like the way that they characters have their responsibilities and jobs but that is not all that defines them. Celaena has no problem hacking up body parts but she is still a girl who loves to shop. I think even though she is an assassin she sees herself as more of an avenger. She will avenge her friends no ma ...more
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
upon reread, ive decided to bump up my rating. knowing how the story plays out over the span of 7 books, its allowed me to view this with a different perspective. when i first read this, i didnt like how much page-time is focused on boring history, but now i can really appreciate all of the top-notch foreshadowing thats going on.

everything else in my original review still applies.


firstly, wow! i think this might be better than the first book! and i actually really li
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Also, I appreciate the fact that this is not going to be a trilogy, we need more fantasy SERIES in the young adult genre.

And Chaol <3
mara • (chaotic reader)
4.5 stars
Hear ye, hear ye all who seek adventure, ass-kicking and romance come forth! The second installment doth not disappoint! Our heroine is back as the King's Champion so expect action galore. Hear ye, hear ye . . .

Her lovely dresses and ornate clothes were gone, replaced with an unforgiving, close-cut black tunic and pants. Her hair pulled back in a long braid that fell into the folds of that dark cloak she was always wearing. She was a beautiful wrath …

This book turned up in
Sasha Alsberg
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Natalie Monroe
2.5 stars

Answer me something. How can this—

"She tipped her head back and gave the moon a wicked smile. She'd been called Adarlan's assassin for a reason. Dramatic entrances were practically her art form."

—and this—

"Curled on the couch beside Chaol, Calaena took a sip of her tea and frowned. "Can't you hire a servant like Philippa, so we can have someone bring us treats?"

—possibly be the same person?

I teetered between liking and hating Calaena while reading. Mostly hating. I can handle th
Ben Alderson
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING, well actually some of it, like C heritage I saw coming.


CHAOL, CHOAL HOW EVER YOU SPELL IT. I am not sure i like him anymore!
Steph Sinclair

(P.S. Fucking Chaol, man.)


Reading this with Kat Kennedy!
Tharindu Dissanayake
"I was expecting more doom and gloom."

This is the book that made me hopeful about this series. I have to confess, even with the popular opinion being the series getting better with each book, I had my doubts. I couldn't imagine the author breaking away from her original portrayer of Celaena considerably. So, though she was more or less the same, it came as a pleasant surprise, to see she is now sharing the story with two other POVs. Though the Crown of Midnight was not a huge improvement, th
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alright, so I just wanted to add that (while I won't discuss them here) I did decide to scour a good bit of spoiler material for the following books. I was getting nervous that I wouldn't be able to adjust at this turning into what seems to be a completely different series than it starts off as, and I'm glad I did. I'm starting to warm to Celaena a bit more and I'm willing to open my heart to other love interests. I'm still touting my Chaol support-haters gonna hate I'm determined to finish the ...more
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
I see why people love this series...very cool ending. No time to chat...Off to read the next one.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Edit: I am bumping this up to a three because it is the best book in the series.

I don't think I've read a book that was so mystifyingly over-hyped since FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Every time one of these books comes out, my feed is immediately saturated with them for weeks. I realize that in reading these books, I am contributing to the problem, but I never said I wasn't a hypocrite. (Actually I probably did, but then again, how very hypocrit
the burning dreamer.
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book was just pure fun and excitement; it is not without a lot of flaws, but overall, my enjoyment of the plot propelled it into a highly satisfying read. I have to swallow my words when it comes to this series; I did bash on the first book in this series a lot because it was so similar to one of my favorite books. Due to my prejudice, I did not much like the first book in this series. It was an enjoyable read, but the characters were too lacking in depth for me, and the entire book just la ...more
Aug 30, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I smiled. I laughed. I cried. I screamed. That's how good it was. That's how deeply it made me feel.

The first half of the book was slower and more lighthearted. The second half was more action paced and heartbreak. I preferred the second half, it was so hard to put down. The twists and turns were chef's kiss.

The characters are so so amazing. Chaol and Celaena made me feel everything. Also why the fade to black?! 😩😩😩
Dorian is a precious bean. I swear if something happens to him in the
chan ☆
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, ya-fantasy, 2022
edit jan 22, 2022: um. this was so fucking boring? i mean i guess i kind of agree with my initial rating that this wasn't the worst and at least celaena now has the motivation to help someone other than herself but god the journey to get there was paved with boredom and needless sacrifice of fun side characters.

also why did she give chaol that good wap??? of all of the men in this damn book series...



Okay Sarah, you sly bitch*. This didn't completely s
Lia Carstairs
dammit i realize the friendly reminder i was preparing doesn't work *sobs*

okay, so I actually don't hate Chaol??? Like before this reread I totally did, but now I don't. *shook*

out of curiosity, does anyone actually like him?

ahaha I do get the feeling that I'm going to remember why I hated him once I reread QoS but maybe I won't...? Until then.

═══*.·:·.☽✧ ✦ ✧☾.·:·.*═══

“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”

After winning the title of the King's Champion through a deadly tourname
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

Ten(ish) years ago, before the explosion of hair removal services, I used to go to this tiny South Korean lady who rented a space in a nearby salon. The moment she got me in her room, she'd keep up a constant stream of very bad English. The only thing she said that I could understand was, "Oh my GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH." This was also her favorite thing to say, so I heard it a lot.

That's how I feel after finishing this book.


Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EDIT 05/09/2012:
Oh, goodie gumdrops!
What do I see? 2013. You must be kidding me!


Love triangle. Ehh, I like Dorian. I really do. But I'm Team Chaol all the way. He won my heart after ball.

April (Aprilius Maximus)
*.) The Assassin's Blade ★★★★★
1.) Throne of Glass ★★★★★
2.) Crown of Midnight ★★★★★
3.) Heir of Fire ★★★★★
4.) Queen of Shadows ★★★★★
5.) Empire of Storms ★★★★★
6.) Tower of Dawn ★★★★★
7.) Kingdom of Ash ★★★★★


First read: June 2015
Second read: August 2016
Third read: August 2017
Fourth read: October 2018
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This was a re-read on audio and I still love this book as much the first time around if not more. Yes, more. I forgot this was the book with a death that broke my heart =( **Some Mild Spoilers**

Celaena is keeping up her end of the bargain to the horrible king. She is killing people and bringing their heads to the king. Or is she really?

We find out some secrets about Dorian and Celaena that I just loved. I loved it! Loved it!

Chaol and Celaena have a little thing but when something bad happens i
Reread #1: 4 stars

This book... this book is beautiful. The foreshadowing, the subtle hints at what's the come, the relationships between the characters. It's a delicate balance between dark and playful, bright and grey, lonely and vibrant.

Celaena is the King's Champion, but there is a darkness hidden in the castle that even she can't comprehend. She pretends to kill the King's enemies, but as she dives deeper into this mystery of where magic has gone and how she fits into all of this, she uncov
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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas ...more

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