BOOK REVIEW: THRONE OF GLASS

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Title: Throne Of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne Of Glass #1
Publication Date: August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury
Genres: Young adult, high fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars
Overview:
In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be 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 and a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle – 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.


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I read this book way back in April (I feel like that’s forever ago, but it actually isn’t … ). It’s June now, and I still can’t get over how FREAKING AWESOME THIS BOOK IS. I couldn’t read another book after Throne Of Glass simply because it was so well written and I couldn’t get out of it’s world/setting. I tried reading books by other authors, and by Sarah J. Maas herself, but I was so overwhelmed by how fantastic this book was that it lead me right into a reading slump!

 

I’ve never been a huge fantasy fan. Never. I could never get into those sorts of books. Like, there’d be the odd one where I liked the general ideas but it’d take me forever to finish it because I just wasn’t feeling it. Personally, I’m more of a futuristic dystopian type person. But I didn’t dislike the fantasy side of this book. I absolutely loved it! I loved how Maas has created a world of her own, but didn’t make it feel like I was reading Game Of Thrones or Lord Of the Rings. The novel had this aspect of futuristic dystopian to it – I could relate more to this because I love other books such as the Hunger Games and Divergent. Throne Of Glass was casual enough that it was just so fun to read. (Although I think that’s probably because it’s a YA novel).

 

I think that’s as far as I can write without spoilers. If you haven’t read the book, don’t continue reading.

 

The characters are so well written, it’s hard not to fall in love with them. Celaena Sardothien (I swear, even now I can’t pronounce some of the names in this book), the main protagonist in the novels, is honestly one of the greatest characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. She’s a strong heroine, and a great influence on the young female audience. One of my favourite things about Celaena is that the first time we’re introduced to her, she’s extremely weak. She spent a year in Endovier, working as a slave. I love to read a good book where the protagonist’s are shown to be weak/have that weak side and show it rather than tell us about it. Over the course of the novel, we find out that many slaves barely make it 3 feet before they’re shot down; but Celaena made it 363 feet before she was caught. I love this part so much because it shows that even while Celaena was weak, she waited for the right time and made it further than anyone thought possible. AND CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO BREATHE CELAENA’S DIALOGUE?! What a sassy bitch. Her lines are so hilarious, and her bantering with Chaol – I just love it.

 

Dorian is another fantastic character in Throne Of Glass. When we first meet him, he’s just some rich Prince with nothing better to do than womanising. We later find out that he’s the opposite of that. My favourite thing about Dorian is his love for books. There are few males in novels who show any kind of fascination towards fictional reading. To me, it shows great representation of the male population (in our world, not the book) and that you can be a strong Prince/leader and still have a love for books.

 

Chaol Westfall (dramatic sigh, my love) is another character who is portrayed in a similar state to Dorian. He comes off as that strong male character, as the Captain of the Guard. And like Dorian, he is later revealed to be very protective and loyal. He may not share the same love for books as Dorian does, but he makes up for that with all these other little perks and mysteries about his persona (where you also discover waayy more in Crown Of Midnight).
AND THEN THERE’S THIS DUDE CALLED AROBYNN HAMEL WHO’S A COMPLETE AND UTTER DICK AND HE’S SO RUDE AND I JUST how did Celaena survive all those years with him?! He sounds like such a cruel asshole. How can someone even create a character that messed up? I thought the King was bad, but nah-ah girlfriend, this other dude called Arobynn is worse. And through all those years and Celaena never walked out. I would’ve slammed a door in his face with a sassy Celaena bitchface on. I swear to god I would’ve.

 

One thing I was weary of prior to starting the book was what the back cover said: “Two men love her”. I have never – NEVER – liked love triangles. I hate them with the biggest passion you would never believe. But the way that it was all laid out was brilliant. I thought Celaena and Chaol were going to get together, but then her and Dorian did. I shipped Chaolaena from so early on in the book, it’s not funny. Then they split it off and the thing with Chaol,
She lifted her eyes to his face, and found his gaze lined with silver. “Get up,” was all he said.
And in that moment, somehow his face was all that mattered.
CELAENA FOUND HOPE WHERE THERE WAS NONE JUST FROM LOOKING AT CHAOL. I was yodelling at this point. If anything, I had expected Dorian to come and offer her words of encouragement, but it was Chaol (my love, my precious baby Chaol). I was really happy with the whole love triangle thing in the end. Like, the novel didn’t rely on who Celaena had feelings for. She could get through to the end of the book with or without the love of Dorian and Chaol.

 

A big off-put for this book was that when I was reading online, I discovered that it had a few ideas from Cinderella in it. I don’t like princess stories and it put me off so much. I thought it was going to be all fancy dresses and dating princes, but upon reading Throne Of Glass, I found that only one scene (the Yulemas Ball) reminded me anything of Cinderella. Nothing else did. Which I was happy about because everyone is redoing fairytales these days to the point where it’s unbearable.

 

The only thing I didn’t really like about Throne Of Glass is that Celaena is pretty soft for an assassin (which is something that becomes more of an issue to me during the second book, but this isn’t a review of that so I’ll shut up). I watch some pretty gory TV shows, so I had no problems with some of the so called gore in this book, where I know other reads who liked how straight up Maas was with the descriptions but were still disgusted by it. (I loved the gore, it made it more realistic). In my opinion, an assassin should be pretty damn heartless to go around killing people for money, but Celaena didn’t seem like that. Celaena came off as a girl who like wealth and riches, but cared too much about the people around her. She helps Nox, they become allies, but most assassin’s would be lone wolves, not working to help someone because they feel sorry for them – that they might die or something. I think that’s just my opinion though. It didn’t affect my love for the book because it’s just so well written and the characters are so loveable.

 

Overall, Throne Of Glass was f-ing fantastic! I feel like I should be fighting for freedom and being a strong heroine, rather than writing a review. All of the character’s are brilliantly written. Hell, the novel itself was a masterpiece. There’s not a thing I wouldn’t change about it.

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