Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Throne of Glass: Review


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.


It will be an understatement to say I love, LOVE, LOVE Throne of Glass! Why didn't I read it sooner? I don't even know how to properly review this book because of its awesomeness. Sarah J. Maas created a world conquered by an ambitious and hateful man with rebels and assassins trying to win freedom. It's also filled with tales of the Fair Folk and other stuff like otherworlds as well. It's hard to not love this dark world.

Throne of Glass is about the most feared young assassin, Celaena Sardothein, trying to win her freedom by completing a series of obstacles and battles in one of her most hated place: the Glass Castle. Celaena is way more interesting than I originally thought while I read the prequel novellas. (Prepare for a stream of praise in the form of adjectives :D) She's bold, straightforward, fierce, strong, cunning, and she really has her own sense of humor which I deeply appreciate. She's officially one of my favorite kick-ass heroine now.

Throne of Glass is written in multiple point of views. Which is really surprising, because I really didn't see it coming. This is Celaena's journey, and I really didn't expect other PoVs. But hey, I love this kind of multiple perspectives. Especially when it's cute and funny to see Dorian and Celaena talking... in Dorian's perspective! Excuse me while I swoon a little.

There are too many good things to list and I don't have time right now. All I can say is this: Throne of Glass is a perfect combination of enthralling, terrifying and exciting. This story is unforgettable. 

Rating: 8.5/10

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