Review by Ner:
Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 2nd, 2012
Pages: 404 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult | Magic | Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Read: from March 2 to 15, 2014
Source & Shelf: Bought | Own
ISBN: 9781408832332 (Paperback).
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
When I heard about this book for the very first time, I was conquered straight away by its blurb. I mean; a girl assassin who is “invited” to be part of a deadly game alongside other ruthlessly criminals? I could never refuse such a book… I couldn’t, really!
Throne of Glass tells the story of Celaena Sardothien, a highly trained assassin who is imprisoned in the salt mines in Endovier and who is “rescued” by Prince Dorian to be a participant on his father’s competition. If she wins, she’ll be the King’s Champion and will win her freedom after four years.
But when the challenge finally begins, a few challengers are found brutally murdered and Celaena soon realises that there’s more to the Glass Castle and its pitiless King than first meets the eye and she’s thrust into a fantasy adventure that will decipher her future.
What I loved about this book was the main character. Celaena has a troubled past that is slowly being delivered to us as we read the saga but as soon as you meet her, you know she’s not some damsel in distress. She’s an assassin therefore don’t mess with her or she’ll cut your throat in a heartbeat. But at the same time she’s an eighteen year-old girl who is now living a comfortable life – well, despite the challenges she has to face that might get her killed. Underneath her merciless mask, there’s someone who needs caring for.
Chaol was another character that made me fall for the story. He’s the Captain of the Guard and Prince Dorian’s best friend. He’s that type of character that is mysterious and dark when you first meet him but you have this pull to him you can’t describe. His relationship with Celaena is complicated: you don’t know if he trusts her or not and although it get clear he’s attracted to her and his feelings are a mess, he’s loyal to his king and to Dorian and would never place his heart before them (*clears throat* We’ll talk about that later!)
Princess Nehemia was yet another character that I enjoyed very much
(though right now my heart is broken but I don’t want to talk about it right now!). She was a good friend of Celaena’s; actually, her only friend, and her presence within the castle made it more about the realms than the challenge and Celaena’s feelings. She was there as a reminder of what the King’s powers can do to the whole world and how there’s not escape of his grasp.
As for Dorian, I disliked him a bit in this book. I thought he was simply a spoiled prince who had everything he wanted. What I mean is; he wanted Celaena has his champion for the challenge and he had her; he wanted Celaena and he got her. Though their relationship was simply based on attraction rather than a deep feeling. But, and I’m getting a little bit further than I should, I begin to like him slightly more in the second book.
Still, the pace of the book sometimes would drag a bit for me. There was a lot going on in the book what with the challenges and Celaena’s midnight adventures into the tomb where the mystical and the supernatural part of the book really begin to take shape. ‘Cause this book isn’t some fantasy rip-off of The Hunger Games, oh no, it isn’t. Behind this deadly challenge there’s this whole supernatural stuff connected to Celaena that will save the entire world of the king’s dark grip.
Not to mention that the book is told by several perspectives, which makes it even more interesting and also makes it slightly slow. There were moments when I didn’t really wanted to read the story from, for instance, Dorian’s point-of-view. But that was basically the only negative point about the book: the sometimes slow pace.
Overall, Throne of Glass was simply an amazing fantasy book featuring a kick-butt heroin and an amazing background story that will get you hooked since page one.
And, I was rotting for Team Chaol since the first time they were in the same room! GO TEAM CHAOL!!!!!