Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #1
Published August 2012
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Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
In Sarah J. Maas debut novel, Throne of Glass, Celaena has her first chance at freedom since being imprisoned in a salt mine slave camp for her crimes. I know what your thinking, but she wasn't wrongly imprisoned - Celaene is an assassin. So when the Crown Prince offers her freedom, she can't help but look for the catch. Prince Dorian want her to be his champion in the competition to become the kings assassin.
Maas's style of writing is really captivating. She uses the language well, with the scenes in the novel all flowing into one another and before I knew it, hours had pasted and I had a fair chunk of the novel finished. You know its good writing with a captivating plot when you lose track of time.
I though that the characters were well developed with each having their own quirks and strengths making them each their own. I did have a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to say some of the characters' names, and it wasn't until after that I found the Throne of Glass Pronunciation Guide on Maas's website. I think not being about to say a character's name is one of the most annoying thing that could happen when reading a book - especially if it is one of the main characters. I find that I either came up with my own pronunciation or just make up an entirely different name for the character. That is probably the only problem that I had with this novel.
I liked the relationships between the characters. Celaena's with Chaol had to be my favourite, probably because that neither of them could see or admit to themselves that they had feelings for one another. I found it sweet how Chaol was both terrified and memorised by Celaena and how they both fought for dominance in his mind. Now, I'm probably going to piss some people off by this next statement, but they're just going to have to such it up. I really don't like Dorian, especially with Celaena. He just seems like a total pussy to me. He doesn't like the way that his father is running the kingdom, but rather than confront him about it, he finds petty little ways to spit him - like having Celaena as his champion. And then there's the fact that he's a womaniser. Now, I'm not saying that this makes him a bad character, just the opposite. That I feel so strongly about this is a tribute to Maas's writing and her ability to make her characters get under my skin and care about them and their traits. So hats off to her!
I thought that Throne of Glass was well paced and had the perfect ratio of mystery to rate at which things were discovered and understood so that no frustration was felt at the lack of knowledge or a clueless MC that didn't figure things out until they are told. I also enjoyed the cleverly planned plot twist and the awesome fight scenes.
Maas's debut novel Throne of Glass is a wonderful start to her YA career. Blowing me away with her clever plot line and dynamic characters. Excellent! Definitely a book that I recommend!
5 out of 5