When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 404
Publishing Date: Aug. 2nd, 2012
I’ll first start off by saying that YES, I realize I was extremely late in finally reading this book. It’s been on my TBR-list for practically forever but with me not being that huge of a fan of the YA fantasy genre, I kept pushing this series aside and telling myself that I’d get around to it one day. Plus, there was so much hype surrounding this series that I figured it was just being over-hyped.
But after having a best friend rave about this book consistently for the past couple of weeks, I finally decided to order the book and see what all of the hype was about. And can I just say, this book took me by complete surprise. It captivated me to the point where it was 5am this morning and I was wide awake because I had stayed up just to finish reading this book.
Throne of Glass has a badass female main character, witty characters, two extremely likable romantic interests, a riveting plot, a captivating world, and so much more, and for once, in my opinion, the hype surrounding it is extremely understandable and accurate.
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
I loved the plot of this book so much! There were elements of fantasy, magic, action, romance, and everything in between. I also loved how there were a few plot twists here and there and I noticed every once in a while that there would be something that would hint to a plot twist that is going to come later in the series.
The action scenes were really well written and that last action scene made me so anxious and nervous! Celaena is such a badass and reading about her and her fighting in such brilliant action scenes was both nerve-wracking and thrilling.
I really appreciated how there was a bit of a love triangle and it wasn’t totally unnecessary or unrealistic or annoying. The romance was really well played out and it wasn’t too fast at all, I loved the pace of it. I also really appreciated how the entire story wasn’t just centered primarily on the love triangle. There were some chapters here or there about Celaena and a certain love interest, but it was nothing too dramatic that would take away from the action happening in the other parts of the story.
The ending was really well-rounded and I love it a lot. It ended on a note where there wasn’t too much of a cliffhanger, but it leads perfectly into the next book. Speaking of the next book, I’m kind of desperate to order it(!!!) and I need to get my hands on it soon!
Can we please talk about how amazing of a character Celaena is? Like I’ve said numerous times in the past few paragraphs, she’s such a badass. She’s an assassin, so obviously she’s going to be badass, but her sassy remarks, her remarkable intelligence, and her witty sense of humor make her a full. on. badass. Her character is so complex. She’s strong-willed and not afraid to stand up for herself. She’s very caring when it comes to others. I honestly cannot wait until I can read more about her in the next book because I really want to learn even more about her character.
Dorian and Chaol are both such amazing and interesting characters. I loved them both so much for different reasons and I still haven’t decided (I don’t think I’ll be able to decide) which of them I love more. Dorian appears to have such a boasting personality, but he’s so sweet and caring. And then there’s Chaol, whose character still hasn’t been explored very much, but I really hope it does get explored in the next book because I feel like there is so much more to his character that the author didn’t shed light on in this book.
I love Nehemia and her friendship with Celaena was both extremely refreshing and appreciated. I love when strong female friendships are formed in books and Nehemia and Celaena get along so well and their shared wittiness makes for hilarious, gossip-y conversations and GAH, their friendship is amazing.
The author’s writing style was not only seamless, but it was so beautiful that I found that I couldn’t set the book down. The writing enthralls you so deeply, and soon enough you’ll find that you’ve flown through a 400-page book. The world building was so well done. I loved how a map was included so it gave me a better knowledge of the land, and the way that the author describes everything made it all so easy to picture in my mind.
Overall, this book took me by a pleasant surprise. The fact that it was fairly high YA fantasy didn’t bother me at all, in fact, this book gave me a deep appreciation for the fantasy genre and fantasy authors. From an amazing, strong main character to a plot that was gripping and riveting and full of fantasy, magic, and even a bit of romance, I was extremely impressed with Throne of Glass and I definitely plan on picking up the next book in this series as soon as possible.
“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.”
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