Also by this author: The Assassin's Blade, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on August 7, 2012
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, YA, Romance
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Ahhh. The Throne of Glass. I can’t believe I have never read these before. Actually before my book blogging days, I had never even heard of Throne of Glass, let alone read them. And now here I am. Three books in (including the prequel). And I LOVE THEM. This first book is like the Hunger Games + fantasy + awesome-sauce all rolled into one.
Let’s just start by talking about Celaena, the main character. I kind of touched on this in my review of the prequel (link above), but I think these books are really just the character development of her. We see her grow, we see her love, we see her learn and move forward. And I love that. She’s quite an arrogant girl. She knows she’s all that; she knows she’s the best. She flaunts that. But like I said before, she uses her arrogance as a mask for what she actually feels inside. And, yeah, that sounds cheesy when I phrase it like that…but it’s not. It’s subtle and really quite beautiful I think. I just really love Celaena because she’s not perfect. I love her because of her flaws. She’s just a girl–a teenage girl, at that. Forced into some terrible situations that have formed her into the person she is today. And I love her. But I wouldn’t want to be her best friend for fear of my life…
Another thing I thought when I was reading Throne of Glass is the beginning of the story. Where Maas decided to start the story. I read the prequel before I started the first book, something that I think most people didn’t do as they were published later. So I got a lot of the back stories that are hinted at in the real novels. Seriously, it’s hinted at all over the place, and I don’t think I would even have caught those hints if I hadn’t read the novellas. So I think it’s super interesting that Maas started the story where she did. And it makes me wonder if she wrote those stories beforehand or if she kind of just had them floating around in her brain…I’m going to meet her in like a week and a half so I’ll ask her then 😉
This story was just super action-packed and not really what I was expecting. I honestly didn’t have much expectations though besides knowing Celaena from the prequel and having my heart ripped out at the same time. I think I may have connected more with The Assassin’s Blade just because it was so emotional and powerful and ToG lacked some of the emotion. Just some, not all. Because Sarah J. Maas is a heart-ripper, I’m telling you. But still super action-packed. It reminded me of the Hunger Games, kind of. But only in the sense that there’s a competition. If you don’t like the Hunger Games, don’t let that comparison stop you because it shouldn’t. And the characters are all brilliant–beautifully developed and really real. Read this book, I’m telling you.
- “Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
- “‘My name is Celaena Sardothien,’ she whispered. ‘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.'” [Boom.]
- “‘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.'” [I had been waiting for this quote the entire book.]