SPOILER FREE REVIEW.
Book one in the Throne of Glass series.
Genre: Science Fiction – Dystopian
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: A (92%)
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5
COME ON! You knew this one was coming! All I ever do is talk about this amazing woman! (She REALLY needs to come back to Australia!)
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.
Sarah J. Maas has become a popular author amongst the Young Adult community, almost as well-known as Stephanie Meyer or Cassandra Clare. If you haven’t heard of either of these wonderful authors before, then don’t we have a treat for you! They both have very different writing styles and very different stories, but they’re as terrific as each other!
As much as I rave on and on and on about the Throne of Glass series, the first book isn’t my favourite. If you’re looking for an action-packed assassin story, you’ll have to soldier through the first book and half of the second before you finally get there. But when you get there? YOU GET THERE. It’s amazing and UGH! I love it!
Throne of Glass is Sarah J. Maas’s first ever novel, and therefore there should be some leeway for errors. However, this is her FIRST EVER NOVEL and her writing style is perfect. I’ve yet to come across another writing style that pleases me as much as hers does. I don’t know what exactly it is about her writing that satisfies me so much, but there’s something. A perfect balance of description and action.
The depth of each of the characters, and the foreshadowing three or four books in advanced. It’s honestly incredible. The amount of time and energy she’s put into this series is so clear in the end result, that in that alone she should awarded a prize. Plus, dry humour? Love.
You’ll fall in love with all of the characters Maas wants you to and hate the ones she doesn’t want you to like. She has the ability to twist your feelings about any of her characters, and you won’t even realise it’s happening. Sarah J. Maas is a mastermind, and I’m keen for every and any book that she writes.
I remember finding this book in 2012, when I first read it. I was craving something exactly like this, and the cover drew me in instantly. I remember reading it and absolutely loving it. I adored it, I even managed to convince my English teacher at the time to borrow it and give it ago. SHE LOVED IT TOO!
Somewhere between the release of the first book in 2012 and the second in 2013, I fell out of love of reading and didn’t pick up the second one until a few years later, when Heir of Fire was just being released. I reread the first book and I instantly fell back in love and I’ve been holding my breath ever since. I want more, it’s an addiction that can only be cured by Maas.
Now, you’re probably wondering, what’s so great about it? And let me show you a little list. Okay, what’s great about Throne of Glass:
- Exceptional writing.
- Deep character development with relatable characters.
- Amazing foreshadowing that you don’t even realise existed until you reread.
- A badass protagonist.
- Extremely handsome and smart love interests.
- Kickass characters, not just Celaena.
- Intriguing plot, that keeps you engaged and curious.
What else do you want?
You can clearly see that I hate this novel and I’m going to be giving it a terrible goodreads rating, can’t you? :’D NEVER!
Maas has this knack for leading you down one path and being BAM! It was the other path the entire time. You always think, ‘Yeah, I know where this is going ~predictable~!’ and then you’ll get slapped right across the face with a surprise. TAKE THAT MOTHERTRUCKER!
Obsess with me about it~!
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 9/10
Enjoyment Factor: 9/10