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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)

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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 a
Paperback, 418 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
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Ioana I would say more for teens, but it honestly depends on the maturity level of the person and how much they can handle. I would say thirteen, fourteen,…moreI would say more for teens, but it honestly depends on the maturity level of the person and how much they can handle. I would say thirteen, fourteen, but that is for the reader to decide and the parents, if the reader is young, like thirteen, twelve or something. I hope this answers your question!(less)
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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.
Emily May

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
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
Oct 17, 2015 Catriona (LittleBookOwl) rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I'm not sure what to do right now.

I just.... wow.

The only reason this isn't rated higher is because the first half was quite slow in pace and I wasn't as invested, but the second half SURE DID REMEDY THAT. Help me?
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 my room
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 of dan
Steph Sinclair

(P.S. Fucking Chaol, man.)


Reading this with Kat Kennedy!
Sep 09, 2013 Regan 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

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 everything.Simply perfect

Sasha Alsberg
Feb 06, 2015 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aug 23, 2013 Monika 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.

Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
8/17/15: Was supposed to read two weeks ago with Buddies Books and Baubles but this book hurrrrrts. So I decided to put it off until the weekend before we started HoF . . . as in this past weekend. But couldn't do it b/c MISTBORN. I would've killed myself or something.


Now I'm ready.


4.5 stars

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

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 r
Jun 27, 2016 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best lies were always mixed with truth.

Crown of Midnight was the book that shattered my heart into pieces and made me cry many times when I least expected it. Sarah J. Maas has done something, something with her writing that has now captured my heart and owns it. Her writing is phenomenal, and knowing how much improvement was actually made, I can already tell HoF and QoS will be phenomenal as well. Crown of Midnight had its own improvements in everything - Celaena became more badass, more
Valeria Andrea
Nooooo, Dorian. *Hugs him till Celaena loves him* I want to prove a point. DORIAN is the chosen one.

Chaol improves & shit, but... no. Dorian. Love. Celaena. Eternally~

Gods, what kind of person I'm becoming that I'm on TEAMS now?

& this has title & blurb! Best way to start the year! Which BTW tells me that Celaena shall love Dorian. The heart is never easy, okay? That's why she has me, to show her the way.

Oh, & other thing this book will need: A dead king(!).

Hmm... that cover is v
Oct 03, 2015 Bangadybangz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Khanh (the Grinch)
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
This series is a non-living, non-breathing proof that it is all about a good story. That regardless of the genre you will enjoy it. It has something in it that pushes those biases and doubts aside and let me enjoy the book for what it is. I always voice out my minuscule interest towards the genre. But lo and behold Ms. Maas proved to me that I shouldn’t be saying those words with finality—because she made me loved her story, her characters, that I don’t care that it is from the elusive high fant ...more
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, 2015
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG THIS SERIESSSSSSS! I totally suspected the twist but oh man I love these books so much
Wendy Darling
Holy crap, that was good. And I'm an idiot for not reading these sooner.
Jul 05, 2015 Laz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
My mind is blown away. I didn't expect to feel the way I do after reading the last pages. The last few pages of the book made my heart race and gave me goosebumps all over. From the beginning and up until half of the book I was all like "okay, a nice follow-up to Throne of Glass" and then it all went to hell, it was like the first half of the book was a storm brewing up and then that storm broke out and shit went down, alright.

As for the characters, they remain just as amazing as in the first no
Kat Kennedy
I'll finish you one day, Crown of Midnight. But today is not that day!
'"Is it done?"

Celaena reached a gloved hand into the sack and tossed the severed head toward him. No one spoke as it bounced, a vulgar thudding of stiff and rotting flesh on marble. It rolled to a stop at the foot of the dais, milky eyes turned towards the ornate glass chandelier overhead.

Dorian straightened, glancing away from the head. Chaol just stared at her.

"He put up a fight," Celaena said.'

'She was a beautiful wraith - and when she looked at him, it was like she didn't even know who he wa
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 the sh
REREAD - June 2016

REVIEW - 2013
I've already been such a huge fan of Sarah even before her debut book released but I fell even more in love with her writing (and characters) after I read them. Just before I get on with this review, I would just want to say to Sarah a big THANK YOU for creating this world (and my husband Chaol) and for making me like Fantasy. Normally, you would never catch me reading a fantasy novel, but this series just continues to captivates me. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is official
May 31, 2016 P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“Why are you crying?"
"Because," she whispered, her voice shaking, "you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”

Maybe this is the best of the series ever since I've read Queen of Shadows. CoM follows the same characters from the previous book, Calaena, Chaol and Dorian, but the pace is improved and perfectly continued as if Maas knew where she should push readers until the climaxes hit. The story is cut the boring parts from ToG out, and Calaeana is already out from her
Oct 21, 2014 Kiki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Total fucking bookgasm. Five stars for the romance, five stars for the action...kinda four and a half stars for the cheesy door knocker thing and how I sorta had no idea what was going on when Celaena went down to the catacombs, but then five stars for the subsequent ass-kicking scene that was creepy and scary and just plain awesome.

Guise, this series. This series has got me by the feels. Also, people have sex in this book! And it's totally cool, totally consensual, and there are no terrible re
Christine Riccio
I finished this ages ago! IT WAS FANTASTIC! here's my full review/discusison:
Taylor Knight
Oct 04, 2015 Taylor Knight rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still trying to gather my thoughts about this book. All I can really say is that I loved this book and this series is insane.
The world building is amazing, the characters are phenomenal, the writing is outrageous. I loved all the action and character development.
The ending killed me but it was worth it.
If you haven't started this series yet, DO IT.
Cait • A Page With A View

You win. All of you. You were right. This series is everything.

I read Throne of Glass last year and was extremely unimpressed. I shoved the series in a corner of my bookshelf and tried to ignore the massive hype around these books in the bookstagram/booklr world. I don't even know how I ended up giving this series another shot, but pretty sure I'm chalking that up to one of the best life choices I've ever made.

Let me just say -- I get the hype now. I think I just got
Like the first book, 'Crown of Midnight' proves to be an action-packed, addicting, thrill ride. Having won the king's competition, our favorite femme fatale has begun her work as the king's assassin. However, she's got a trick or two up her sleeve.

As this story progresses, Celaena delves deeper into the forbidden histories of the people that the king has conquered. Knowledge is power and she intends to get to the bottom of the bizarre, magical happenings around the castle. She discovers timeles
Oct 07, 2014 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so wrapped up in this story and this series is now one of my absolute favorites! I love how the love triangle is different from many of the others that I have read and isn't even really a love triangle. Celaena is one of the best female protagonists that I have ever read and doesn't take anything from anyone. SO KICK BUTT. So I'm going to go read The Assassin's Blade before Heir of Fire arrives!
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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too
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Other Books in the Series

Throne of Glass (6 books)
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)
  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)
  • Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)
  • Untitled (Throne of Glass, #6)

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