Book Review | Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Celaena Sardothien is an 18 year old assassin currently serving a life sentence, until she is offered a deal which could either make her or kill her. In a world devoid of the magic it once had Celaena must participate in a tournament to win her freedom by fighting gifted thieves and assassins. Her goal is to survive long enough to become the Kings Champion and win her freedom. Things are not always what they originally seem and the story develops nicely throughout. I can see why people have said there is not enough action in the story as I feel it is laying the ground work for what is to come in the other books but there was enough to keep it ticking along and the romantic undertones filled in the rest.
The main characters are: Celaena Sardothien, Captain Chaol Westfall and Dorian Havilliard The Crown Prince. The book tells Celaena’s story well and the relationships she has with the people around her. I particularly liked her relationship with Nehemia Princess of Eyllwe and is was nice to see females banding together rather than tearing each other down.
My favourite character is Celaena she is young, fierce and capable. The author has allowed us to see the vulnerable side to Celaena without taking away her independence and strength. None of the characters in the book are represented as perfect people and we get to see their awkward, vulnerable and sometimes cringe worthy moments but such is life, I think we’ve all had them. I connected with quite a few moments that Celaena had throughout the book, sometimes I was trying to tell her don’t do it I know how this turns out and others I was yelling go for it.
As the characters and relationships between them develop in the book there are some romantic moments which had me feeling conflicted and by the end I’m not entirely sure who I’m rooting for to get together.
By the time I reached the end of the book I was hooked and definitely want to know more and see how things develop for each of the characters. I found Celaena both interesting and endearing and I’m very invested in her story. The writing really drew me in and for the first in a series it has left me wanting more. There were some moments where I felt I didn’t have enough information and parts of the story were not fleshed out enough but I understand it is difficult to explain everything in one book when the intention is for there to be a series of books. I am confident that with further reading of the series these points will be explained. This book gave me a solid understanding of the characters, their motivations and the world they live in along with a romantic backstory to go along with moments of action.
A good beginning to what I believe will be a great fantasy series. If you like fantasy books with more to the story than just action then I would definitely give this a read. I’m giving this 4 stars.