Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Source: Bought Kindle Edition

Genre: High Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Series: Throne of Glass

Pages: 404 (Hardcover)

Release Date: August 7th, 2012

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Summary from Good Reads:

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 exhilarating. 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.

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Coffee To Go: Loved it! Go read it and you won’t regret it, I promise. The world is both glamorous and dark. Celaena is complex and the emerging plot is even more so. This story will keep you guessing until the end and doesn’t spell out all the answers for you. It leaves you excited for its sequel (Crown of Midnight) and doesn’t even have a cliffhanger. I’m excited for more of the action, mystery, and romance that dominate Maas’ writing!

Characters—

Celaena: Don’t get on her bad side. She’s ruthless, has a dark past, and has seen more at eighteen years old than most see in a lifetime.  I love a heroine who can truly take care of herself. You will see character transformation in her, although it’s very subtle. She’s a survivor, through and through. I love that she can still appreciate the romance of a ball and the beauty of a gown even in the face of multiple enemies, both seen and unseen. However, her assassin skills (or lack of) confused me. First she’s perfect with every weapon and then she’s vomiting while training? Hmm. I do admire her perseverance; she knows what she’s capable of and won’t stop until she gets there.

Prince Dorian: He’s a playboy with a sensitive side. He’s a prince willing to speak out against his dictator dad for what’s right, he loves to read, and wants to marry for love in a world where royal marriages are nothing more than tools for political advancement. All of that to point out his naïve idealism. He seemed shallow to me, still more a boy than a man. I liked him alright, but I couldn’t love him.

Captain Westfall: *double sigh* Built, brooding, and handsome. He’s all duty and restraint which causes others to constantly misunderstand him. I know we love those misunderstood guys! He is my favorite character in Throne of Glass. He understands Celaena more than either of them realizes which makes their relationship really beautiful and strained. I got to see him grow oh, so much as a person over the course of the novel. The more I found out about him, the more I admired him. Here’s the thing: he’s not swoon-worthy. Dare I say that he’s more than that? I wish I could explain why, but that’s for you to find out when you read the book. He’s different from most YA heroes and I like that about him.

Nehemia: Can someone say coolest BFF ever? Say hello to the inventor of feminine power. Maas uses Nehemia as a catalyst for multiple events and characters within the story. She’s as strong, if not stronger, of a protagonist than Celaena.

The World—

Adarlan, the kingdom in which the novel is set, has a medieval feel to it. Most of the story takes place in the castle, most of which is glass. The story is full of secret passageways, court politics, and banned magic.

The Themes—

Freedom

Honor

Survival

Final Thoughts—

This author knows how to write a good quote! I constantly found myself highlighting something because she got her point across so well. This book is definitely worth the read. While some plot elements seemed too perfectly wrapped up, its plot is well paced and it’s great for someone looking for an entertaining fantasy read.

Memorable Quotes—

“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“We each survive in our own way.”

“The giant glass building was full of shadows and light.”

“There was strength in his face that she found to be achingly beautiful.”

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