5 of 5 stars to ‘Crown of Midnight’ by Sarah J Maas

Crown of midnight

Perfectly paced

***Spoiler alert for Book one of ‘Throne of Glass’.

She’s won the fight and now she’s the King’s champion, but for Celaena Sardothien, the true fight has only just begun. Forced to kill for the man who destroyed her world, she must decide between doing what is right and risking everyone she loves, or obeying her instructions and snuffing out the last bit of light left glowing inside her.

Sarah J Maas is a true creator, and she gives and takes away in perfect measure. The plot is perfectly paced, with just the right amount of information being given at any point to keep your breath bated and the pages turning. The relationships between Celaena, Chaol and Dorian were realistically and slowly developed over the series and there is no clear winner. It’s so much more exciting when you’re torn between the two male leads; they’re both great in their own ways and it’s refreshing not to know who she’s going to end up with.

The sub-plots are intricately woven; I’ve only read one other author who is able to achieve this feat so expertly, Jeaniene Frost. The action is nail-biting and the fantasy world is so well rounded and detailed, that it’s impossible not to be drawn into its amazing landscape. Celaena’s character is unique, and some of the best moments were watching her inner turmoil as she struggled with the darker parts of herself.

I haven’t felt this excited about a series since ‘The Hunger games’. It’s one of those series you check Amazon each day to see if the next book is available for pre-order.

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