Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published August 7, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Favorite quote: “Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
Celaena is just eighteen, but she’s the kingdom’s most notorious assassin. Trained since the age of eight, her instinct is to kill anyone who even looks at her the wrong way. A year of working in the salt mines hasn’t broken her spirit – she’s still willing to fight for her freedom. That chance arrives in a surprising way – the Crown Prince of Adarlan comes to offer her a chance to compete against twenty-three others to become the King’s Champion – or as Celaena sees it, his lackey. She takes the opportunity to get out of the salt mines, hoping to escape somewhere along the way and hide out in the country.
But soon after she arrives, competitors begin turning up dead. Celaena needs to figure out who’s killing them off before she’s the next target – and she still needs to win the competition.
I had really high hopes for this book because the blurb was really interesting, but it let me down in a few areas.
The Good: The writing itself is great, lots of action scenes, good descriptions. I loved Chaol and Nehemia, by the end I even felt sorry for Kaltain. Celaena is an interesting character – strong, self-reliant, a freaking assassin, who viewed marriage the way it would be viewed in a medieval world- like a contract, not a matter of love. In fact, it was amusing to see the girl advocate marriage as a contract, while the guy talked about love. And even with all her tough assassin ways, she’s still a girl- she likes dresses and candy, too.
The Bad: Unfortunately, I could guess most of the plot, and the “BIG TWIST” I figured out right away. The magic scenes were way too confusing. The love triangle was stupid. It’s a case of insta!love with Dorian, who seems to love her right away, and it seemed kind of corny – this prince who can have any girl in the castle (and does!) chooses this assassin? Granted, this assassin is beautiful…but really? I’m rooting for Chaol; it was refreshing to watch a proper love grow.
Even with all the bad, I still enjoyed this book. The writing really drew me in, and I finished this book in just over a day. I hope the mistakes will be corrected in the rest of the series, because Celaena really has potential.
I would recommend this to those who enjoyed Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study and Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars