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February 23, 2013

Review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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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.

add to goodreadsThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date:  August 2, 2012
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Children’s

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Gabby NewThrone of Glass is one of those novels that I have been seeing all over the internet and on social networking sites lately (*cough* Instagram *cough*). So, when I had the opportunity of reading the novel and seeing just what everybody has been talking about, I jumped at the chance. That and I’ve been really into fantasy lately thanks to MMOs (*cough* Skyrim *cough*). My first thought upon reading the synopsis on the back of the novel was that this story had better be good and live up to all the hype that’s been raised. Holy knife throwing killers, Batman! Throne of Glass totally delivered and I’m so glad that I’ve read it.

Throne of Glass takes place in the fantasy world of Erilea; a world where magic has been outlawed and where it’s ruler king will stop at nothing until he has conquered all land available to him. Main character eighteen year old Celeana Sardothien has served her time at Endovier, a mine that only the worst criminals in Erilea are sent. Why would Celeana, a young girl, end up there? Because she’s Adarlan’s Assassin and is the most notorious assassin there is. Celeana who expected that she would be at Endovier until the time of her death, is surprised when Captain Westfall and Prince Dorian arrive and offer her a chance at freedom, but under one condition: Celeana must compete in a competition where it’s the land’s best killers pitted against each other to become the King’s Champion.

While Celeana is reluctant to be the King’s personal killer, she accepts nonetheless and makes it her goal to win the competition and win back her freedom. As the competition continues more and more of the competitors begin to turn up murdered and Celeana fears that she might be next. Though it seems that the killer has darker motives in mind than what those around Celeana assume, it’s not just somebody killing for fun, it’s somebody killing for a purpose. The Assassin finds herself falling for one of the people closest to her and while she knows that the relationship is unexpected and forbidden, she takes the risk.

The first thing that really had me interested in the novel was the way it was written. Throne of Glass does take place in the third person, but I personally found the way that Maas wrote the novel was really unique compared to the other third person novels I’ve read in YA. I’m not sure how to define it, but the point of view definitely played a key role in how I came to enjoy the main character Celeana. There were times when her emotions would come off as poetic and there were other times that I would laugh at the witty conversations that Celeana would have with either Dorian or Captain Westfall.

I found myself describing Throne of Glass as Mortal Kombat meets Dungeons and Dragons. I mean, the novel does have Erilea’s best criminals all pitted against each other in a competition in a fantasy world where in the end the characters have to fight. While there is no Mortal Kombat style fights with people getting their spines torn out from their bodies, there are still some gory descriptors used when Celeana sees some of the corpses of her fellow competitors who have been murdered. A major portion of the novel does focus on the murders mystery in the novel and had I been told about it beforehand I’d have been way more excited for the novel than I already was.

The murderer is one of the competitors, but it’s the way that Maas delivered him that had me enjoying the villain. Throne of Glass does have a ton of antagonists ranging from annoying women who are obsessed with the Prince to members of the King’s court who want to have Celeana dead more than the King himself. However, the Killer (and I will refer to him as the Killer in this review) is a villain that was just completely badass. Not only did he have a puffed out chest and acted like he was all that and a quiver of arrows, but he also taunts Celeana to the point of her wanting nothing more than to murder her. Throughout the novel the tension was built up towards a climatic ending where Celeana and the Killer face off in a battle where surely only one of them will leave standing and the other will have to be buried.

I’d recommend Throne of Glass to fans of fantasy, readers who just love those stories about trained assassins and readers who want a thrilling non-stop thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

About the Author:

Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.

Her debut YA epic fantasy novel, THRONE OF GLASS, will be published by Bloomsbury on August 7th, 2012.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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3 Comments

  1. This is one that i have been trying to get for forever from my library. Ugh. It sounds awesome. Great review.

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  2. Natalie Aguirre
    2/23/2013

    Oh, I loved this too. It’s got great intrigue and fascinating characters like Celeana, Dorian, and Captain Westfall. Thanks for the great review.
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  3. kimbacaffeinate
    2/26/2013

    Wonderful review, I adored this book and it was in my top ten YA reads for 2012. So glad you read it and good to know instagram etc work!
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