Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Release Date: August 7, 2012
The whole land fears her.
Only she can save them all.
In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be 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. And a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle – 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.
First Sentence: After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.
Wow! That was a wide ride! It’s so hard to believe that I DNF’d Throne of Glass halfway through the book the first time I tried to read it. Like, what was I thinking? (Okay, I know what I was thinking. The first time I tried reading the book, I was bored out of my mind because I wasn’t really in the mood for it. I think.) Now, I’m completely flabbergasted that I haven’t finished the book the first time. Trust me guys, this book was amazing! I just didn’t want to put it down.
The first time I tried to read Throne of Glass, I hated Celaena so bad. I thought she was a show-off and had such a horrible ego that she just couldn’t stand people not knowing that she was the awesome and famous Celaena Sardothien. This time, however, I surprisingly grew to like her and understood the tough position she was in. I also discovered that on the outside, Celaena acts all tough and mighty, like she’s above it all, but in reality, if you know where to look, Celaena is in fact really vulnerable. Celaena has a secret soft side to her and she’ll also be a good friend to you if you’re a good friend to her. In the end, I found myself rooting for Celaena to win and mourning when she had faced some tough problems.
Because somehow, the thought of him getting hurt – or worse – made her willing to risk just about anything. (278)
I felt Celaena was so clueless at times though, specifically regarding two very important things: Chaol’s feelings towards her and what was going on (aka the mystery portion of the book). When Chaol was mean to her (because hey, guys don’t know how to be nice to girls they like but are supposed to hate), Celaena took his actions at face value instead of looking beyond what he was doing, to his true feelings underneath. Celaena kept thinking oh, he just hates me and doesn’t trust me, leaving me extremely frustrated because it was so obvious that the opposite of that was true. Also, the theories Celaena came up with for who was responsible for killing the other Champions were so ridiculous when the obvious clues were just glaring at her in the face. I could think of so many other better possible suspects than the person Celaena suspected was behind it all.
As for the love triangle, it was surprisingly not annoying at all. It was also not one of those unhealthy love triangles either. In the end, I don’t know if I like either Chaol more or Dorian more. Chaol is the one who protects Celaena, but doesn’t want to let her know that he cares about her. In fact, he doesn’t quite realize that he’s in like/love with her. Therefore, Chaol is mean to her, which is seriously a bad move for him because Celaena is just so clueless as mentioned above. Dorian, meanwhile, is the flirt. He cares about Celaena more than he cares about all the other girls out there, but he still flirts with other girls. Do you see why it’s so hard to choose a side?! (Although I might be edging towards Team Chaol because nearly everybody I follow on twitter is on Team Chaol. They all must like Chaol for a good reason right?)
But he knew that her thoughts weren’t of him.
Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below. (301)
Unlike the first time I tried to read Throne of Glass, I didn’t find the middle of the book slow at all. The first time I tried to read it, the pacing in the middle was horrible, so horrible that I couldn’t finish the actual book. This time, I barely noticed the pacing. I just so into the book.
There sadly wasn’t any assassinating at all in Throne of Glass. Celaena just thinks of the ways she could kill someone, but doesn’t actually do it. However, I’m expecting the next book in the Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight, to have tons of assassinating because the Champion’s competition is finally over and we can finally go on with the real stuff. (Yes, I’m beyond excited for August. I need to get my hands on you now Crown of Midnight!)
At least, that was her escort’s intention, because she hadn’t failed to notice when they went up and down the same staircase within a matter of minutes. Nor had she missed when they zigzagged between levels, even though the building was a standard grid of hallways and stairwells. As if she’d lose her bearings that easily. (1, 2)
Overall, I simply loved and enjoyed reading Throne of Glass. There was never a dull moment in the book and the drama between Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian was so entertaining and fun to read about. (I sadly still don’t know why I DNF’d it the first time I read it.) Grab a copy of Throne of Glass asap if you can; you definitely won’t regret it.