“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.”
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is the first book in the series and it follows Celaena, a female assassin as she fights for her freedom and for the man that took it all away from her in the first place. Will she become the king’s champion, or will she ultimately find her death at the end of this cruel sick game. Let’s find out!
Throne of Glass follows young assassin Celaena, who is imprisoned at a slave camp in Endovier. After a long year of torture she is brought in front of the king by his son Prince Dorian. She is given a choice to become the king’s champion (in other words his personal assassin). In order to do so she must beat several other champion contestants in a series of tests. If she wins, she wins her freedom after a four year stint being his champion assassin. Of course things are never easy, so when the other candidates start dropping like flies, Celaena must find out why before what ever it is comes after her.
Most likely my favorite aspect of the whole story was the writing. Maas knows how to tell a story with amazing story lines, dialogues, character interactions, action filled scenes, and nail biting endings. I was thoroughly enthralled with the way the story was written, I just wish I got more from Celaena and her over all character growth.
Although I had a love and hate relationship with some of the characters, I must admit this novel and a wide variety of great characters. Whether it be the not so bad ass lady assassin heroine, the courageous but cautious guard captain, the dreamy prince, or the mysterious foreign rebel princess. You get a bit of everything in the novel. So lets talk about them.
Celaena, the resident not so bad ass assassin. I was pretty let down by the main protagonist to be quite honest. I was hoping for a hardcore killer, but what I got was a girly girl with so many feelings. She was probably the worst assassin I have ever read because she had too many emotions. She fell in love too quickly, and she wasn’t at all intimidating. Even her name bothered me. (But that’s just a personal issue)
Chaol, the courageous but cautious guard captain. Here was a redeeming character that I actually liked. He was quiet, shy in some ways, loving, caring, and not a huge asshole to everyone. He was able to separate his duties from his feelings – not like some other characters! (cough-cough Celaena)
Dorian, the dreamy prince. The very confidant and cocky prince. The type of character you love to hate just because he can sometimes be a hard ass. But I’ll say one thing, he sure did start falling in love pretty damn quickly. But aside from that he was the complete opposite from his psychotic father which was a plus!
And finally, Nehemia, the foreign princess. To be honest I would say that this character is what saved this book for me. I loved everything about her. She was brave, cunning, smart mouthed, courageous, funny, and beneficial to the plot. Oh how I loved all her secrets and game moves and can’t wait to learn more about her!
I love the world Maas has created and I know there is so much more to be explored! The majority of the story takes place at the castle and surrounding areas. With a lot of dark and damp secret tunnels there was many aspects of intrigue with the setting. With vivid descriptions and vast environmental details we were never left guessing what the surrounding look like.
For now I will just sit back and patiently wait for more to be explored and discovered in the big world that Throne of Glass is set in. Until then I am quite content with what has been provided so far.
As we come to a conclusion I want to say that there were more redeeming qualities to this story then there were faults. I am super excited to continue on in the series and have high hopes for some more cool magical elements, and for more bad ass assassining. Even though I just made that word up, I feel it makes sense.
If you guys have already read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, I would love to hear what your thoughts were and see if we have any common opinions.
Plot = 3/5
Writing = 4/5
Characters = 2.5/5
Setting = 3/5
Until next time,
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.