Book Review: Throne Of Glass

Posted February 10th, 2014 by in book review / 0 comments

Title: Throne Of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Version Read: Paperback (library)
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2012
Categories:  fantasy, high-fantasy, humour, magic, medieval, romance
Rating: 5halfstars

Summary (Blurb/Goodreads): 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?

How did I ever wait so long to read this? I had it read in less than 6 hours because I just couldn’t put it down. I really just go carried off by the story and throughly enjoyed myself while I was reading Throne of Glass.

I grew up on the Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce – I cannot remember how many times I read the series in primary school and high school. I loved all the Tortall books, all of whom featured teenaged female heroines who didn’t just sit around all day hoping for some handsome male to sweep in and save the day. Celaena reminds me very much of these heroines: Alanna (who disguised herself as a boy and became a Knight), Daine (only 15 with powers she did not yet understand and who had had some bad stuff happenin her childhood) and Kel (doesn’t have to disguise herself as a boy thanks to Alanna, but instead has to prove herself as worthy as the men).  Celaena has to spend most of her time proving she is capable of being there with the other assassins and criminals whilst not just kicking their butts like she could.

Celaena also reminds me of Alanna, Daine & Kel for other reasons. She’s occasionally immature, makes mistakes, not afraid to speak bluntly and jumps to conclusions before having been provided all the evidence. She’s also seventeen years old, and let’s face it, seventeen is an awful age sometimes, and she’s going to be immature, and flirtatious and occasionally annoying. I know some people won’t like that but it is what endeared her to me. She wasn’t perfect. There was times, especially if she had to face the King, that she was shit-scared, and desperately afraid.

I admit I wasn’t really a fan of her romance with Prince Dorian, but I can also undestand why it happened. He was the first person to trust her and to actually show her friendship, even though he really shouldn’t have. She’d been alone in that mining camp for a year, the only other person she had trusted was lost to her by death and the simple fact that they shouldn’t have been together proved an interesting thing to explore for both of them. I do think however they will be good friends for each other. I’d like to see how things progress with Chaol as well.

Yes, I would have liked to see more of Celaena’s assassin skills shown, but I also think that it takes a lot of work to hold back and not show your skill, more work than showing everyone how good she was. I thought the whole competition was well done, and I liked the few alliances that Celaena made. I admit to being suspicious of Cain from the moment he appeared, and was infinitely more so once the ring of his was mentioned.

Princess Nehemia was awesome. I love how she was all  ‘you can shove your pampered and polished escort up your jumper, I want Celaena instead’ when confronted with Kaltain again. I also adored the fact that she was ready and willing to get her hands dirty to save her people from the King of Adarlan’s ruthlessness.

All in all I throughly enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend to to someone dipping their toes into the fantasy

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