Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA epic fantasy
Published by: Bloomsbury
Length: 404 pages
Source: borrowed from the library
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.
It could have been better.
That’s the first thing I’d like to say. With glowing reviews from many of my fellow book bloggers, I expected this to be amaaazzzingggggggg. And don’t get me wrong, it was quite good. Just not INCREDIBLY good.
So we’ve got Celaena Sardothien. (Sa-Lay-Na, by the way. I know. It confused me too). And she’s pretty cool. Even though she’s an assassin, she likes dresses. I thought that was nice. AND ALSO SHE’S AN ASSASSIN (did I mention that).
There were other things I liked. For example, Chaol. (He’s my favourite). I also liked the dialogue, which was extremely witty and often hilarious. I was confused at times, because it was at odds with the time period – it’s a medieval setting, but Celaena says “shove it up your ass” to someone (I can’t remember who). Am I missing something? Did people actually say these things in this time period? I don’t know, I could be getting this completely wrong.
I liked the blood and guts bits. Yep, I’m weird. But I found it morbidly fascinating.
I liked the Tests. Especially the wine one.
I liked Chaol. Wait, I mentioned him already.
But there were also things I didn’t like as much. For example, there wasn’t enough explanation for my taste. We’re TOLD that Celaena is a deadly assassin, but now shown – we don’t find out anything about her former life, why she’s an assassin or how she manages to be so butt-kickin’.
It was also a little…boring. *hordes of Throne of Glass fangirls bombard me* It took me a few days to read this, and the pace was pretty slow.
However, I would still read the second book (and the rest, however many decades away those are).
Don’t let my review affect you too much! I really did like this book despite its flaws, and SO many others love it.
Rating: 3/5 stars
Have you read Throne of Glass? What did you think?