Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Publish Date: August 7, 2012
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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. –(summary from Goodreads)
My Thoughts: Throne of Glass has to be one of the most hyped books of the year in the YA world – or at least it feels that way to me. I’ve watched people fangirl and fanboy over this book for months now and I was completely curious about all the buzz. Now I understand why people were all over themselves about this story. This is exactly the type of book the YA world goes crazy over.
THRONE OF GLASS is fantasy.
|We all love the maps!|
There were a lot characters in this book and the plot was very complex. The result is that I think there were so many characters that it wasn’t really possible to devote a significant amount of time to any one. It was unfortunate for me that I wasn’t able to build a very deep connection with Celaena, particularly since I love female leads like her. She was very entertaining and I enjoyed her story, but I never could get a real grasp on who she is as a character. For everything that I learned about her, she still felt a little flat on the page to me. I connected more deeply with Dorian and Chaol, but still found myself wishing for more.
This is a good fantasy, but I don’t feel like it warrants the comparison to Game of Thrones that I kept hearing. That sort of comparison is just unfair to a book like this because even though I haven’t read Game of Thrones, I can tell that these are two entirely different stories.
There is a ROMANCE.
It’s a LOVE TRIANGLE.
You know what, you guys? I am all for a love triangle in a book when it is done well. I want to read all about it – the kisses, the tortured thinking about OH WHO WILL I CHOOSE? and all of that. I’m not going to spoil anything about this romance/love triangle for anyone that hasn’t read the book yet so I’m not going to say anything else about it except that I wish that there’d been a little bit more. Just a little bit.
My favorite thing about this book is that Celaena is BOOKISH.
There is a library located in the castle. It belongs entirely to the king. Celaena must ask for permission to use it and in a bold move, she does just that. However, Dorian goes a step further and actually sends her his favorite books with a note to read them first so they can discuss them. WHAT? I know. We all love a bookish dude, especially when HE wants to talk about the books. In Throne of Glass, these two actually spent a lot of time talking about books. (Good grief, you guys, my inner fangirl came out in every one of these bookish scenes.)
Chaol also enjoyed reading – he just didn’t have as much time to read since he had to be the busy Captain of the Royal Guard and all. I feel like I have to say that and give him some bookish credibility. Bless his heart.
Also, I loved that one of the books that Celaena read in the library was The Walking Dead in graphic novel form. (She briefly described what the zombies look like.) Shout-out to the author for including that in her book.
Throne of Glass is a strong start to a series and a strong debut. I want more, though, and I’m eager for the next book to come out. Is it true that this series will have six books? The wait between books is always the hardest part.
I would recommend Throne of Glass to fans of YA fantasy with some romance and those that do not mind reading about a love triangle.
YA Romance: love triangle!
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