To all my Bookworms and Ladies,
My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
I’m here today to review The Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.
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.
Overall I would say that this is a brilliant book, I am already half way through the second book and have all the rest ready and lined up to read.
My dad borrowed this book from me before I could finish it and he has read in front of me. He can’t put Maas’ work down. He’s read up to Empire of Storms and now he’s reading a spinoff book about Chaol and his adventures, though he has Assassins Blade (the prequel) and Kindom of Ash on order. It’s a wonderful thing reading the books after my father is into them. He’s buying them all for me!
Back to the book in question. To begin with I got in deep, I read the first few chapters pretty quickly and I couldn’t put them down and then I reached a point where the speed of the book, the reading pace just seems to completely slow down and I seemed to spend ages trying to get though that middle section and to the end of the book. It picks up again right at the end of the book, and trust me, that momentum is continued on into the next book.
Character wise, I would say that Maas has created believable lovable characters that I just can’t seem to get enough of. Celaena is brilliant smart and cocky but I feel like her character is all about growth. She definitely doesn’t treat Chaol and Dorian the way sh would have treated them before she went to Endovier. But all I see in Celeana’s future is growth.
Dorian is sweet and kind and brilliant and a very stereotypical Prince Charming, and for some reason I knew from the beginning exactly what would happen to his heart by the end of the book. A spoiler I wont give away.
Chaol, on the other hand, I’m still not quite sure what to think of him. I could see his relationship with Celaena ending exactly many ways. I have hopes for the most optimistic ending to their story, which I am sure imagine exactly what I mean, however I don’t have a huge amount of trust when it comes to authors. They tend to lie to you and lead you down stray paths so any outcome I might imagine would only lead to disappointment when it doesn’t come true.
I can’t really think of much more to say right now. Honestly, I can’t wait to finish this next book and come back and tell you all about it. I want to know more about Nehemia and Wyrd marks and so, so much more.
Until next time, my lovely bookworms ….