Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Synopsis: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Final Rating: ★★★★★
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Would I recommend? To fans of fantasy.
Actual rating: 4.5/5
Who hasn’t heard of this book? This series is everywhere; from massive bookstore chains to independent little stores, from BookTube to Booklr. It is everywhere, and because it was everywhere, I had ridiculously high expectations for it. I have heard nothing but fantastic things about this series, and I was very excited going into it. I was sure I was going to fall head over heels in love with it, and I was right.
There is so much to love about this book. The protagonist is bad-ass, the secondary characters are all lovable, the world is well-crafted, the writing is addictive and the pacing is on point. I had very little problems with this book, and I am beyond excited to read the next in the series, which I have heard is twice as good as this one. So, it’s safe to say I’m pumped.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced read, pick this up. If you’re looking for something that’s similar to the Hunger Games, pick it up. If you’re looking for a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout, pick this up. There were a lot of twists and turns throughout the novel, and usually, I’m able to predict what’s going to happen. That was definitely not the case here- yes, some hunches here and there, but otherwise, I was taken by surprise.
The story is very imaginative. I also love that Maas doesn’t give too much away. She doesn’t dump you with too much information or too much back-story. It reveals itself as the story progresses, and it feels more natural and consequently, the book flows smoothly. Even now, there’s so much more to know about the world and the characters because Maas always keeps you guessing.
There’s a mystery element to this book, which I wasn’t expecting. Among the fantasy and the romance and the action, there’s a whodunnit woven together- it’s not pointless either; in fact, it does quite a lot for world-building. Sometimes, it felt a little silly to me, which is probably why I knocked the book down by 0.5 stars. But it was still pretty darn fun to read.
I really enjoyed the characters. I thought Celaena was a fantastic heroine, and she’s strange, to say the least. Sometimes, I’m left to ponder over her reactions. Sometimes, I’m unclear as to what her intentions/motives are. But none of that takes away from the fact that she is bad-ass. She’s persistent, fiery, compassionate and doesn’t take shit from anyone. I will admit that it took me one hundred or so pages to get used to her unique personality, but after that, I wanted to be her BFF.
I absolutely LOVE Chaol Westfall. I think he’s such an intriguing character, despite the fact that I don’t actually know too much about his background. He’s mysterious and strong, but he’s dependable and wise and super sweet. Argh, I just want a Chaol Westfall for myself.
Dorian, on the other hand, I was somewhat indifferent about. I liked him as a character, because he was exceedingly charming and provided some lighter moments among the action. But as a love interest, I’m not too sure how that’s going to go. But I know a lot of people love Dorian, so maybe I’ll change my mind in the next books in the series (don’t bet on it, though…)
The other secondary characters are, for the most part, fun to read about as well. I’m especially intrigued by the king, and I’m excited to see more of him in the second book.