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 exhilirating. 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 is one of those books that has been out for awhile and everyone has read it except for me. I think that maybe I got a little afraid to read it because of all the hype that it was receiving. It’s kind of like how some people don’t want to read Harry Potter or Twilight because of all the media. My expectations were really high for this one, and I didn’t want to be let down. Those fears were silly and ridiculous, because I ended up LOVING this book. It reminded me a lot of Cinda Williams Chima, who just so happens to be one of my favorite all time authors. Wow. I just loved this book.
The first 100ish pages of Throne of Glass start out a little bit slow. I wouldn’t say that it’s necessarily boring, but it took me awhile to feel that connection; to feel like I was in the story and not just reading the words. Around page 100 I started to feel that connection, and then God help anyone who bothered me while I was reading. I was in the story, I could visualize all of the characters, and I WAS the character. I was Celaena. That doesn’t happen with every book, but it happened with this one. I loved that I was so invested in the story and all of the characters.
The main character, Celaena, is a very inspirational and heroic type of character. Ok…Ok…Yes, she’s an assassin. Maybe not something that we want our kids to look up to. But I really enjoyed reading about a female character who is not dependent on men, who is strong and smart, and who really just goes after whatever she wants. And not only did we get to see the hard assassin part of her, but it was also really nice to see the shy, feminine, girly part of Celaena, too. When I was reading about her, she just seemed like a real girl. She had quirks and perks that just drew me to her.
Love triangles aren’t really my thing, but I do have to say that I adored both Captain Westfall (Chaol) and Prince Dorian. I’m definitely team Chaol, but I do have a soft spot for Dorian. I loved watching both their relationships with Calaena progress. There were so many scenes in this book that made me smile, laugh, and blush. I was just a mess when I was reading it. I am just so excited to read more about both of these men in Crown of Midnight.
Something happened at the end of the book that was really interesting. Normally the ending of the book is one of the best parts of the book, but I actually started to get very bored around maybe the last 50 to 60 pages. It was like the first 100 pages all over again. I didn’t care for the last action scene. I thought that it was a little silly and weird. I also thought that the last 3 to 4 chapters seemed to be more like filler chapters. I didn’t really understand their purpose, and it felt like they could have really been condensed into 1 or 2 chapters. I also expected a bigger finale at the end. Yes, the last couple pages were definitely eyebrow raising, but my mouth wasn’t hanging open either. I really wanted something that would make me be like WOW. I don’t know if that’s going to bother other people. I mean, it did make me want to read the next book, but I didn’t feel like there was really any cliffhanger. Obviously I could tell that it was a series by reading it, but I just wanted that jaw dropping moment at the end.
High Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, and I think that Sarah J. Maas did this genre proud. This is an excellent book with a lot of action, suspense, and drama. I sucked it down, and I would be absolutely devastated if I didn’t have Crown of Midnight to pickup next. It was just SO GOOD! Some people might not like this book, because it does just take place at the Castle. It might be a little too slow for some people, so I think that you really have to be a big fan of high fantasy to truly enjoy this book. I loved it, though. Sarah J. Maas is now one of my favorite authors ever.
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Rating: [rating: 4]
Teaser Quote: “Celaena,” Chaol said gently. And then she heard the scraping noise as his hand came into view, sliding across the flagstones. His fingertips stopped just at the edge of the white line. “Celaena,” he breathed, his voice laced with pain–and hope. This was all she had left–his outstretched hand, and the promise of hope, of something better waiting on the other side of the line.”