Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Summary from Goodreads:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is 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. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–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.
Throne of Glass lived up to the hype. It’s an action-packed fantasy novel full of unique characters and a complex plot.
First off, Celaena is incredibly entertaining to read. Her life as an assassin has greatly influenced who she is now. She constantly proves her deadly skills and doesn’t shy away from a fight, be it a battle of wits or a sword duel. Reading such a witty and intelligent heroine kept me engaged in the story. Her mysterious past, while certainly entertaining, is never fully explored, but is sure to be a topic of interest in the future novels.
The romance worked incredibly well. Never once did it overpower the story, but it was still incredibly powerful. Celaena has two main love interests, so yes, there is a love triangle, but the marvelous way in which it is written keeps it from feeling cliched or cheesy. Truly the romance is a strong point of the book, and distinguishes Throne of Glass from a great story to a fantastic debut.
So many different elements were at work in the book. I didn’t know that faeries and sorcery would play a pivotal role in the plot. Maas keeps the suspense going and turns almost everyone into a suspect. This paranoia has a detrimental affect on the protagonist, but ultimately had me flipping pages faster and faster. I did reach a point where the action sort of slowed compared to the rest of the novel. However, when the pace picks back up it does so with a bang. * The last battle of the novel is one of the best I have ever read.
While Celaena doesn’t know who is friend or foe, the reader has a better idea of what’s going on because the book is told from multiple perspectives. The majority of the book is from Celaena’s point of view, but occasionally we are given a glimpse from a different narrator. This really does add to the dramatic irony of the book, though I do think the novel would have been just as good with out it.
Don’t be like me and wait to read this awesome book. It has most everything I could ask for in a book. Join the bandwagon if you haven’t already. I am so happy that I don’t have to wait for the sequel, Crown of Midnight, since it came out almost a month ago.
* Literally as I was reading the epic fight scene my Kindle died. Just died without any warning. It was the biggest e-reader stereotype ever.
Am I the last person to read Throne of Glass? What do you think of it? And if you haven’t read it yet, why not?