Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
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. (Goodreads)
I’ve been putting this series off for far too long. 99% because of all the hype surrounding each and every book, the series as a whole, and the newly released Queen of Shadows. A month or so ago I purchased Throne of Glass in paperback. With the excitement surrounding Queen of Shadows I knew once and for all it was time to see if I was jumping on the bandwagon or abandoning ship. I’m jumping on board for sure. Throne of Glass was not without its faults, but it is definitely worth a read if you haven’t picked it up yet.
Pronunciation guide – check (I wish this was at the front of the book along with the map, however it’s found at the end)
Characters – I loved Celaena, Dorien and Chaol. Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle. Before you quit reading let me say I adored this triangle. It was written well and not thrown in your face. Celaena is sassy and I love it. She has some great one-liners. She is known as quite the badass, but in this first book we don’t get to see too much of her skills. There’s more talk of her skills than there is actual action sequences. There were some other interesting characters as well, such as Nehemia, but I actually didn’t feel like I could trust anyone therefore I wasn’t getting attached to anyone other than the main three. I look forward to getting to know more about Chaol is the upcoming books because from what I got I just wanted more. Dorien is a doll, but he needs to become a man and stand up for what he wants and what he believes in a bit more for me to all out root for him.
Setting – I wish there was more world building but overall it didn’t come too much into play in this first book. I am sure we’ll get more of that in the second book. What we did get was just enough to make me want to know more. Basically though the story takes place in a castle. A half glass, half stone castle.
Plot – Celaena is “recruited” by Dorian to compete to win her freedom by serving time as the king’s Champion, but first she must weed her way through twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition.
Conflict – Freedom. Celaena has been held enslaved in Endovier until Dorian and Chaol escort Celaena to the castle to compete. She agrees to the competition only because if she wins, then serves the king, after her term the king will grant her freedom.
Resolution – While every reader can ultimately guess the outcome of the competition the heart-wrenching roller coaster ride to get there is intense. It’s well worth the ride.
I rated Throne of Glass 4 stars, and I can’t wait to get the other books in the series.