Thursday, December 19, 2013

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Category: Fantasy/ Adventure/ Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.


   

 My Thoughts  

Now, I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while now and I’m so happy I have finally gotten to it! Throne of Glass was such a great fantasy read! It was filled with adventure, kick ass fighting scenes, a great amount of romance, mystery, and a dash of forbidden magic.  This one definitely had a wonderful high fantasy theme to it, with just the right elements thrown into the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in Sarah Maas’s world!
“Names are not important. It's what lies inside of you that matters.” 
The characters were just a wonderful part of this story. They made it better-rounded and added a great element to the already exhilarating atmosphere.  For those who have read this book, it goes without saying that Celaena is by far one of the most kick-ass heroines ever. And she made the story really compelling. Now, I have a strong feeling she is much more than what she portrays and the true meaning of her existence and evolvement is much bigger. Celaena is a powerful girl, and though despite being a smart, dangerous assassin, she is very much a young woman. I enjoyed that dynamite to the story.  She could kill someone then go home and curl up with a nice book,  that just screams awesome! I did see a lot of growth in her, especially from the beginning of the book to the end. And I know I cannot wait to see just who she really is!

As stated, this book has a world filled with wonderful characters; Dorian and Choal, are another pair that made this story interesting. They also bring in that love-triangle element, and I usually hate that; however, that is so not the case for this book. The emotional conflict is well-built and clearly described. And I could really see the emotional turmoil that Celaema feels.

Dorian, the very brave and hot prince, was an enjoyable character. I liked that he wasn’t an ego manic kind of character and despite his position, he was a down to earth. However, it was Choal that made me all happy and girly sigh. He had that rugged outlook and appeal. Both are strong determined characters and I enjoyed that so much. This also leads to what team am I on. Team Choal all the way! Though Dorian brought a different romantic atmosphere and challenge for Celaena (and he is pretty dreamy), something about Choal just made me like him a bit more than Dorain.

Both Choal and Dorian are interesting, sexy, characters and both bring different emotions and responses out of Celaena; however, I felt that it was Choal that really challenges her in the right way. He brings out the better part of her. And though she does lean towards Dorain in the beginning, all I felt between then was more of a smitten romance. I could feel that just under the surface, Choal has a bigger hold on Celaena, I do hope I’m right.

There were many other characters, both good and evil, that brought a great element to the story. Each added a challenge for Celaena or a comfort that she needed. And like Celaena I saw growth in a lot of them, Choal and Dorain included. Each character felt real and very much believable in the role they played. 

The environment and world that Maas created was in-depth and described beautifully. I enjoyed the forbidden, suppressed magical element to the book, the struggle and intensity with the characters. The bit of darkness, creepy monsters, untold stories, and well-written action made Throne of Glass a gripping book. The pacing, though a bit drawn out a times, was right to my liking. And all the elements that Maas added were delightful and pleasing.
“You could rattle the stars.” 
I was adsorbed into Celaena's world and I adored that kick-ass assassin! The adventure, the romance, the hidden worlds of magic, and the mysterious parts of the book were so captivating. I definitely recommend this book to lovers of high fantasy.  




3 comments:

  1. I have heard great things about this one. I think I need to read this one too.

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  2. I'm so so glad you loved this one. It's such a great read and just wait Crown of Midnight is even better! And woot for Choal! Great review!

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  3. Oh, I love it when the female lead is kickass and strong. That's exactly what I look for in the MC. I've had this on my shelf for awhile too and I NEED to get it soon. Everyone seems to love it. Great review!

    Vi
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