Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Blurb: 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 four 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.
Review: I picked up this book after being emphatically told that I must read this series by my very dear friend and former podcast co-host, Jess. Actually, what she said was more along the lines of, “I need you to read these books right now because I really really really need to talk to someone about them before I lose my mind!!!” She has done this to me before, and usually, she recommends good stuff. Our reading tastes are very similar, which is why we get along. I also noticed that, back in 2016, I had read this book and gave it a 4 star review on GoodReads, but never read the rest of the series. This makes it eligible for my “Complete the Series” challenge, an added bonus.
I have to say, I read this book very quickly. I was immediately pulled into this world and these characters. Maas is very good at making the story seem simple at first, but leaving little hints of the depth of the world behind it all. It is very easy to be captivated by Celaena’s story and struggles to win the competition, but it is also very clear that there are deeper mysteries that she will need to contend with.
I really liked Celaena as a character. She is feisty, sarcastic, and does not take any crap. While the love triangle thing is played to death, especially in YA, I also really like the two men who in her orbit. Dorian is the son of a terrible, cruel king, but Dorian does not want to be like his father. He is kind and compassionate and will hopefully survive to become a benevolent ruler. Chaol is the captain of the guard, keeping his feelings close to his chest, but you can also tell that his grudging respect for Celaena will grow into something more.
The plot and pacing of the story was good, very exciting. The competition aspect was good, but adding the whole intrigue layer with champions being attacked and killed just upped the ante. The final battle, both of the competition and of the book itself, we both satisfying and open enough to make you want more.
GoodReads rating: 4 stars, but probably more like 4 1/2
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Ohhhh just you wait. Things get FAR more interesting in book 2.
Oh yes. Finished that one, currently reading book 3, although I just started it.
Book 3 is a roller coaster ride
I’m getting that feeling.
Oh I love that series!! I hope you enjoy the other books too!
Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading them.
Yayyy I just finished reading and reviewing this book! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I was a bit hesitant with all the hype but I realize now why there is a huge fandom. And I am so excited for the next books! And yesss that final competition scene was so well done! It kept me on my toes the entire time!! Have you read the other books yet or the ACOTAR series? Great review btw!
I am currently on book #5 of the Throne of Glass series so far. It’s really, really good! The story keeps getting richer and the characters more and more complex and interesting. I can’t wait to see how all this will end – there’s so much going on! Haven’t read ACOTAR yet, but I probably will.
Omg that’s so great to know! I am so excited to continue on with the series. Just a quick question – When do you recommend reading the Assassin’s Blade? I know its a prequel but in terms of publication it was published sometime while the series was still ongoing so idk if I should just read it after i finish the series. . .
I haven’t read the prequel, so I couldn’t say. I’ll probably just wait and read it sometime after.