‘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.
Let me start off by saying that I went into this book very sceptically. I’ve heard so many conflicting things about this book and series and I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about it.
Finally after putting of starting this series, I jumped in, and I am happy to say that I really enjoyed my experience of reading it.
I do think I may be a little biased to Sarah J. Maas’s writing style. I really enjoyed the ACOTAR series and her writing I find is just as good in ‘Throne of Glass’. I will say that her writing is more dense than other books and it does take me a bit more time to ‘fly’ through it, as I want to catch every detail.
I am a sucker for a badass character and on that Celaena doesn’t disappoint. I do see a few tropes that can explain reasons as to why people wouldn’t like the book/ series as much but I honestly don’t mind tropes. I read fantasy to escape into another world and these things are a part of those stories a lot of the time.
I really enjoyed the competition aspect of the novel and enthusiastically recalled them to my partner, who could actually care less about these things but I appreciate that he pretends to listen anyway and pointed out that if I ever watched what was happening in these books on a show or in a movie I wouldn’t sleep for a week… He isn’t wrong!
Overall I think ‘Throne of Glass’ is an engaging introduction into a long series of books that I cannot wait to continue.
Ease of reading: 7/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
What are your thoughts on the ‘Throne of Glass’ series?