Review: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas
  • Series: Throne of Glass #1
  • Published: August 7, 2012
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
  • Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Pages: 416 pages (Hardcover)
  • Source: Bought
  • ~*~Summary~*~ 
  • 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.

  • ~*~Lili's Reflections~*~
  • This is truly a phenomenal high fantasy debut!
  •  Celaena was sentenced to a life of hard labor after she was caught performing her job: being an assassin. Apparently, she was betrayed by someone important to her. While I find this to be incredibly interesting, we don't explore much of this in the plot of this book besides her theories. My best guess is that we learn more about this in the prequel novellas. I haven't read them, but after reading this amazing book, I definitely want to! I would recommend reading them before reading this novel, though.
  • One day, Prince Dorian invites her out of labor to be his Champion. 23 other criminals were chosen by important nobles to compete in a series of competitions chosen by the King. The winner will be his Champion and fight by his side, doing everything he says. Celaena has trouble stomaching the fact that she is willing to sign herself over to the King--the man she hates most--for 4 years, but repeatedly reminds herself that afterwards she will truly have her freedom. She must win. Not just for herself, but for magic, as well.
  • I really enjoyed the characterization in this novel, even that of the evil criminals that were fighting against Celeana. It was incredibly complex and, at times, the characters were infuriating, but I always kept reading. The plot twists held me prisoner and as the lies unraveled and more and more magical secrets were revealed, I couldn't even fathom putting the book down.
  • My favorite aspect of this novel was that, for once, I have come across an amazingly well executed love triangle. And the romance is slow and easy, real. It's not as if Celaena suddenly trusts Chaol and Dorian because they're attractive. She admits they're nice to look at, but reminds herself that these two are her enemies. Only when she spends a while in the palace and must be with them constantly does she begin to fall after glimpsing their true colors. Chaol understands her in ways nobody else has, and Dorian simply fascinates her because he is nothing like his horribly brutish father. Both men are amazing characters, love interests, and heroes. I truly enjoyed their presence in the novel.
  • All in all, this novel left me speechless. Full of secret motives, lies, magic, a slowly spreading darkness, and an ever-growing desire to be free, this book cannot be missed. The romance is perfect, the action is easy to visualize, and the magic brings a plethora of interesting twists to this amazing high fantasy world. However, it is incredibly clear that this book is not for everybody. It is slow moving, though everything comes together perfectly and you'll find it hard to put the book down. The love triangle is always slowly paced, which may not sit well with some readers. Lastly, there's a lot of lies and secret motives that make you question a lot of characters involvement in specific events. To put it simply, this book will boggle your mind.
  • If you can't deal with some slight violence, I wouldn't recommend picking this book up. But if you're like me and love an amazing high fantasy story, a strong heroine fighting to survive, two amazing love interests in an equally amazing love triangle, and the beautiful twist of magic, I would go pick up this book right now!
  • ~*~Cover~*~
  • I can't say that I'm super impressed with this cover, but I do like it. Especially the addition of the dagger on Calaena's arm. However, the face of the model portraying Calaena is a little odd. It's beautiful, but almost looks unrealistic.

1 comment:

  1. Really great review! I have been dying to read this one but haven't found the time is all. I hate love triangles but I am actually looking forward to this one. From what I can tell I think I am Team Prince Dorian! LOL So cool that he hires Celaena to be an assassin along with other criminals. She sounds kick butt and smart. Glad to hear the relationships develop slowly and realisticly! I should check out the novellas since you recommend them first. Thanks!