Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
published in 2012
Purchased from Barnes & Noble
“Over the next thirteen weeks, you shall each dwell and compete in my home. You will train every day, and be tested once a week- a test during which one of you will be eliminated…These tests will not be easy, nor will your training. Some of you might die in the process. We will add additional elimination tests if we see fit. And if you fall behind, if you fail, if you displease me, you will be packed off to whatever dark hole you came from.” (Maas 69)
This book is about a teenage assassin named Celaena Sardothien. Celaena has been working away in a salt mine for the past year as a punishment for the murders she committed. Suddenly, Celeana is taken out of the mines and finds herself facing the Crown Prince, who offers her a deal. She will train rigorously and fight to become the King’s Champion (basically the person who “takes care” of all the people that stand in the King’s way) and after four years of being Champion, she will be free. She takes him up on his offer, and suddenly finds herself in the King’s castle, training to compete against some of the country’s toughest, deadliest criminals.
From the very beginning of the book, I loved Celaena’s character. She’s sassy, she’s brave, and she doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. Don’t let her looks fool you because she’s pretty but is constantly planning ways to kill those around her, if the need arises. One problem I had with her character, though, is that we hardly find out anything about her past. Admittedly, this does add an air of mystery to her character, which makes her more interesting. One thing that I love about Celaena is that she has multiple sides. She’s not afraid to get dirty, yet at the same time she loves dresses and clothes. She can be vicious and mean, but she can also be very sweet and sensitive. Overall, I would say Celaena is a great protagonist.
There are two potential love interests in this book, Prince Dorian and Chaol (The Captain of the Guard). I won’t get into details about that for fear of spoiling it, but if you hate love triangles then don’t worry because it’s not much of a triangle and anyways, the relationships are not the main focus of this book. Personally, I like Dorian much more than I like Chaol, but again that’s just my own opinion. A great thing about this book is that the relationships which are developed are very realistic. Unlike some novels where within a week or two, the main character has already fallen in love with someone, Maas takes care to develop every one of the characters’ relationships in a way that isn’t sudden or rushed.
The fight scenes in this book are very well written, albeit some scenes can be a bit graphic (but if that bothers you, you can always skip over them). The story line is very smooth and the novel is paced out in such a way that you’re not overwhelmed or underwhelmed with too much or too little action. There are parts which will make you laugh, and there are parts which will have you holding your breath waiting to see what happens.
All in all, I would say Throne of Glass is definitely worth the read.