Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series | Book 1
Pages: 432 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 7, 2013)
Rating: 4.25 stars (Read It!-Choose It!)
The novel, Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas begins the saga of the eighteen-year old assassin, Celaena Sardothien.
Since she was apprehended in currently unknown circumstances, Celaena Sardothien has been slaving away in the salt mines of Endovier. In Endovier, she has endured savage conditions and has permanent scarring on her back to show for it.
After about a year, however, Chaol Westfall (Captain of the Guards) brings Celaena before Dorian Havilliard (Crown Prince of Adarlan). Dorian offers Celaena a proposition. If she fights in the Adarlan king’s competition to become his assassin as Dorian’s champion and wins, she will earn her freedom after four years of service.
At the castle in Rifthold, Celaena’s body recovers from its abuse and she accustoms to the luxuries of living in a palace. However, shortly before the competition’s first elimination trial, a contestant turns up dead and nearly indistinguishable.
Celaena finds herself fighting not only for her freedom, but for her survival too as the Champions’ (the contestants) deaths continue.
Will she be able to find and stop the mysterious killer and win the competition, all while concealing a deadly secret of her own?
Celaena is so unique, but yet so human that I loved her character from page one. While she’s arrogant, not always the kindest person, and very deadly with weapons, she also can love greatly and enjoys normal things such as shopping, reading, and fashion. Her balance of flaws and virtues made her an enjoyable character to read. The various mysteries surrounding Celaena’s early life also made for an interesting read.
While not always the most subtle, the plot was very fascinating and held my interest for the entire book. The writing was also very smooth and easy to read. In Throne of Glass, I’m introduced to a world that once had magic, but no longer does. I thought that Throne of Glass could’ve spent more time developing its world.
I know that many readers of Throne of Glass have their opinions about the love triangle (which was mildly annoying) between Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol. Personally I had no opinion because I was mostly invested in Celaena’s character and a little in Nehemia’s.
One mystery that Throne of Glass introduced, but didn’t delve into too deeply was Celaena’s history before Endovier and becoming an assassin. I got the impression that she had a very interesting life before becoming an assassin, which I thought Crown of Midnight (Book 2) and Heir of Fire (Book 3) did a good job of developing.
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