Thursday, August 13, 2015

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass Book 1)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 404
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5
Blurb: 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.


While Reading:
I've wanted to read Throne of Glass for a LONG time. I finally started it when Booknerd Babes decided to do a read-along. I am SO glad I did. This world is immediately intriguing and the characters are multi-dimensional from the get go!

This is going to quickly become one of my favorite series of all time, I can already see it in the near future. I already want the other books in the series, and I am only 40 pages in. Call me crazy, but this book. Sarah J Maas everybody, is a wonderful genius who we all should love with all of our hearts.

Where do I even start with this book?

I have been trying to formulate my thoughts for quite a few days now, because there is a lot to think about.

Celaena Sardothien is a badass. She is arrogant, but also deeply self-concious and the fact that she has both, is interesting and different and I truly appreciate it.

Her backstory is deeply tragic and it adds an extra layer of depth to her character and her emotions.

After Finishing:
Now that I am done reading it, everything below will be filled with a hopefully more organized version of my thoughts as I was reading.

Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's Assassin, as she fights for her chance to become the King's Champion, allowing her access to freedom in the near future. She has spent the last year of her life in Endovier slaving away in the Salt Mines with other slaves from places such as Ellywe.

I love Celaena and how headstrong she is. She doesn't sacrifice her own beliefs for anything. She is in complete control of her decisions. (Well, most the time.) I like that she isn't just a badass, and that she has feelings as well. It is very easy to take someone and make them so powerful that they lose the human quality of imperfection. She has a heart, and a strong one at that, and despite all the hardships she has faced in her life she still finds room to be kind to others.

She formed a strong bond with Nehemia, Chaol, and Dorian. And I loved all of them. Her doubts of them were natural and warranted, and although I knew that she was overthinking things, it made perfect sense to me.

I absolutely adored Nehemia, literally the entire time. She is intelligent and cunning and willing to do whatever it takes to save her country from the King of Adarlan. Her kindness outshines everyone else, and she has an edge of mystery that I am enamored by.

Chaol was strong, and had his weak spots for those he cares about. He continually grow on me. His compassion for others, in the end, is something I admire greatly in him.

Dorian is just as sarcastic and arrogant as Celaena and how can I not like that? He is wonderful, and the Yulemas Ball was the sweetest freaking thing ever, just saying. I see in the future, him finally standing up to his father and I am excited for that.

The other characters I didn't develop a strong opinion about, good or bad, except for Kaltain Rompier. Who the entire time I wanted to punch in the face because she was annoying and selfish and I just really hated her. No more explanation than that,

The plotline dragged a little in places for me. I wanted more of a storyline about the different Tests because I find that aspect incredibly intriguing and when I didn't get that I was upset.

OH. I really like Pelor and Nox. Yeah.

Anyways, This book was great! The few problems I had were very uncommon and probably because this is a first book in a series, and more will be explained later. I had a problem with the fact we were advertised one thing and got just a little of that, with a whole lot of other things that weren't. (I totally loved most of the other stuff, I'm just saying.)

This book was very close to being a five-star book for me, but wasn't quite there. I am super excited to read Crown of Midnight though! :)

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