Hey guys it Zoe here today and I am doing a review on the book I most recently read called Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, so here we go…
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 four 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.
It took me a long time to actually start reading this book let along pick it up. Annike finally convinced me to give it a go and I decided why not? I figured because it was a fantasy book I wouldn’t enjoy it as much because I don’t read fantasy all that much, anyway, I am so glad I did decide to pick it up because it was amazing and I really enjoyed it.
I thought the book was so well written and I immediately connected with the protagonist, Celaena Sardothien. She was such a stubborn, genuine, sarcastic character and I thought her fight and determination was awesome. I thought Celaena was so well developed throughout the book and although she carried the scars of her past, the book didn’t revolve around what she had gone through but displayed her as very driven. Although we got glimpses of her past we knew we didn’t have to spend the whole book going over what she had gone through and got to see how she had changed and evolved due to her experiences. I loved all the characters as they were all so different but very well portrayed in their own rights. I would have to say my favourite character besides Celaena was probably Chaol or Dorain I really don’t know which one I liked more as they were both so sweet.
“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
I thought competition wise the competition was really well constructed and the tasks were one of my favourite things to read about. I thought the characters in the competition were positioned to be disliked so I didn’t love any of them however I did like Nox as he was really genuine and was a good ally and friend to Celaena. I do think that some of the magical elements were a bit to fantastical for me, but I still thought it developed the story well and gave an extra element to the novel and I could definitely see how a lot of the story tied in with parts of other popular novels.
Star rating 5/5
I would have to rate this a 5/5 stars as I couldn’t put the book down and absolutely loved reading it. If you haven’t read it I would definitely recommend picking it up as it is a really good read. If you have read this book make sure to leave a comment on how you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading guys, hope you have all had a good start to the year and we will be back with another blog soon. x