Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
At only 18 years old, Celaena Sardothien has managed to earn the title of Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. For the past year however, Celaena has been enslaved in the Salt Mines of Endovier, forced to do hard labor with no chance of release. That is until the Crown Prince shows up and offers her a chance for freedom. All she has to do is compete as the Crown Prince’s champion in a competition to become the assassin to the king. If she wins, she serves the king for four years and is then granted her freedom. If she looses, it’s back to the mines or worse.
Her opponents are fellow criminals and warriors from across the country, but none could truly be a threat to Celaena, at least if she were in better shape. The year in the mines has taken a toll on her body and in order to assure she does not get eliminated, she begins training with the captain of the guard, Chaol. Things are prickly with Chaol at first but soon she realizes that she has more in common with him than she once thought. Then there’s her budding relationship with the Crown Prince who shares her love of reading and seems to be much different than his less than honorable father.
But Celaena has much more important things to think about. Just as the competition starts to ramp up, contestants start turning up dead, one after another, and Celaena is tasked by an unlikely source to put an end to the evil. But will Celaena be able to solve the murders or will they get to her first?
Genre: YA fantasy
POV: Third person
Read this if you like: Strong heroines, High fantasy, Romance, Magic
Would I recommend to a friend? YES!
This review is being posted WAY late thanks to my lovely hiatus, but I finally took the plunge and read Throne of Glass! Can you believe it? I feel like this book has been on my TBR for AGES! Lately I’ve been all about catching up with well loved series so Throne of Glass was my next choice and oh man was it a good one! I can totally see why everyone is obsessed with this series because after the first book I’m in love!!
I loved pretty much everything about this story. I felt like it was intricately woven and not all that easy to predict even though by the end I felt like it should have been. I don’t know if that makes sense but I don’t want to spoil. There was the competition but when the murders started it opened up this whole other side and the story became so much more than a story that centers around a reward based competition that is seen in so many books. I always have to mention the pace because I feel like it is so important to the reading experience and for this book it was spot on. From the very beginning I was hooked. And as for the ending. I don’t think it disappoints, at all, and it definitely leaves you wanting to run to get book 2!
The characters in this book can pretty much be summed up with the hearts in the eyes emoji. LOVED THEM! I anticipated that Celaena would be one of my new favorite heroines and I wasn’t disappointed. She was amazing. I loved that she was strong, yet soft and despite her being the most notorious assassin in the country, she still wasn’t all-powerful. Chaol and Dorian were great too. I loved that they were so different from each other and each of them were equally multifaceted. Also two thumbs up for Celaena’s friend who was also well written.
This book does have romance but I definitely would say that it’s not at the center. It is present but to me it was a nice complement to the over all story of Celaena fighting to win the competition and solve the murders. I will say though that I’m a shippy mess over here. I have no idea what I want! There is also a lovely friendship between Celaena and another girl which I always love to see! Plus, without spoiling, her character really made things a whole lot more interesting.
My Thoughts in a Nutshell
Throne of Glass is an amazing opening to what I suspect will be an addictive series. The main character is everything I love in female heroines and the plot was so enthralling that I couldn’t put this book down. If you’re like me and you haven’t started this series yet but have wanted to, do it! I really enjoyed it and felt it is well worth all of the love it gets!
“Guards are of no use in a library.” Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
Let’s chat about…
Dorian vs. Chaol
I’m not typically a huge fan of love triangles. In fact, I like very few. However this one didn’t bug me. I’m thinking it could be because it wasn’t really all in your face. Right now Dorian is the one pursuing and we just see Chaol’s relationship with Celaena slowly developing. At first I was all about Dorian but then I realized that Chaol is probably a much better fit for her. He would be more of her equal and could probably understand her in a way Dorian never could. That being said I still love Dorian and will probably shed a tear if/when Celaena breaks his heart.
The Eye of Elena
What do you think it does? I know it helped summon Elena during the duel but I’m thinking it has more purpose than that and I have no clue what that could be.
I love her friendship with Celaena but I also thought she was a very effective red herring. She took the attention away from the obvious choice and really made you wonder.