Throne of Glass: Throne of Glass (Book 1)
By Sarah J. Maas
“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?”
I’ve seen a lot about Sarah J. Maas and both of her series, but when I realised that Empire of Storms was being released at the beginning of September, I thought it was about time that I read the Throne of Glass series.
Throne of Glass is about Celaena Sardothien, Ardlan’s Assassin, who was caught and put in a labour camp. She was found by the Crown Prince and the Captain of the Guard, who want her to compete in a tournament, against other assassins and thieves, to become the King’s Champion. Each week one gets thrown out after a test, also competitors may die during training or tests!
I have several favourite characters; Celaena, Dorian, Chaol and Nehemia. I don’t think I have ever read a book about an assassin before, but I fell in love with Celaena, especially when we learnt more about her back story, I felt so sad for her and totally understood why she would do what she did. Dorian is the Crown Prince and does not get on with his Father for differing opinions and seems to get on with his Mother, however she is very persistent that he gets married. Dorian does not know exactly what he wants, but not that at the moment. Chaol grew on me, a bit like he grew on Celaena. And I liked Nehemia from the moment we met her, but there was a point where I was not sure about her. There are some characters that you are meant to not like and they are designed perfectly. All the characters, even the small ones are written superbly.
I loved Throne of Glass so much! It set the scene straight away, no fluff. Any back story was told later on when it was revealed to other characters or when the character was thinking about it. I loved that element. I also loved the fact that magic is banned and had been destroyed, so of course it is still there somewhere (I did not love the bit where it was destroyed/banned). I did not want to put Throne of Glass down, I read it in just under 4 days, I may have stayed up very late one night, just so that I could finish it!
There were so many twists and turns! It was so gripping! The fight scenes were incredible, I also thought the more personal and conversational scenes were really lovely as well. It had me going through the emotions, I was sad, happy, scared and tense at different points all the way through. Several points near the end of the book I almost wanted to throw it/scream/shut it forever, but of course then I would not know what happened. It was incredible.
Throne of Glass ends on a cliffhanger, this is because the Throne of Glass series continues in Crown of Midnight.
When reading Throne of Glass I described it as an assassin fighting for her life and her freedom, while finding friends. I would recommend this book to older teenagers and adults, due to more mature content. 5 out of 5.