Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Date Started: February 9
Date Finished: February 19
Format: ebook from digital library
This review is going to be hard because a lot of stuff happened in this book. Welcome to the land of Adarlan where the world has been stripped of all its magic and the word magic has been banned by the king. Over there is the city of Endovier that also contains a labor camp where all the prisoners who haven’t been killed are sent to work the salt mines. In this camp is a girl of eighteen who is notorious. Her name is Celaena, but others just call her Adarlan’s Assassin. It’s for this girl that the Crown Prince of Adarlan – Dorian – and the Captain of his guard – Chaol – come to Endovier for. Dorian’s father is hosting a competition for someone to become the King’s Champion and Dorian wants to sponsor her. He believes that she can win if what he’s heard about her is true. Happy for the chance at freedom she accepts.
Dorian takes her to the glass palace where she meets the other competitors, most of whom are fellow criminals, but instead of going by her name Dorian and Chaol introduce her as Lady Lillian a jewel thief from the neighboring country. They don’t want to draw too much attention to her. However, it doesn’t quite matter because even though there are Tests prepared to eliminate those who aren’t worthy, there are mysterious murders too. The day of a new Test, a body of competitor is found and Chaol is having a hard time trying to figure out what is going on. Celaena starts to pick up on some of the mystery and does her own investigation but what she discovers she can’t believe. How is it possible for this sort of magic to still exist?
She doesn’t know and wants to find out but there are people out there – spies, her fellow competitors, those close to the king – who are bent on making sure that she doesn’t find out until it’s too late.
I don’t even know where to begin with Throne of Glass, as I stated above a lot of things were happening in this book that just blew my mind. At first, when I started this book I didn’t think it was going to have any fantasy involved. It stated quite plainly that magic was gone and that it was illegal to even say the word, so when Celaena started noticing these marks and having visions of a dead queen I started to get really suspicious. I’ll admit though, that the add in of the dead magic, was quite brilliant and added a lot to the storyline.
I loved the character of Celaena, not only because she’s a strong female character who can kick some major ass, but because she also has her faults – faults that she is quick to admit to. I hate characters who don’t realize their fatal flaw until it almost gets them killed. Cockiness is cute, but not all the time. The character of Dorian is also a favorite of mine. I love characters who have a reputation for one thing – like Dorian with his womanizing – and once you get to know them they turn out to be the complete opposite. Like the way he fell for Celaena – slowly and stubbornly – was actually really entertaining. The character of Chaol is also pretty cool too. Actually, to be honest I don’t think there was a character in this book that I didn’t like. Even the villains were amazingly written.
My only complaint was here’s another YA series that has a hint of a love triangle in it. What’s the harm of writing a male and female character who are just friends? No romance, just respect and friendship? Although, in this book, it was well executed. I’m still not sure who’s side I’m on though.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. A brilliant tale of fantasy with a hint of mystery and romance. Curious to see what happens in the next book especially with the reveal of the villain’s intentions.
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