Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
This book was even better the second time round! I read Throne of Glass when it was all the hype a couple of years ago and absolutely adored it, along with the current sequels. There are a few more being released into this series soon, including Empire of Storms (coming out in September – so exciting!!) and a TOG colouring book around the same time too! These books are about a young assassin named Celaena Sardothien who has been taken out from the mines in Endovier, where she is currently imprisoned, to partake in a competition against fellow felons and criminals to become the King’s Champion, where she’ll have four years of service before absolute freedom. Being the self-assured, confident character that she is, Celaena doesn’t quite anticipate the strength of her competitors, like monstrous Cain, and other difficulties that stand in her way. Who knows if she can do it? And at what cost?
When you first encounter Celaena, her arrogance definitely emanates and admittedly, I think it takes a while to warm to her. But, oh boy, when you do, you realise just how much of an incredibly well-rounded, resilient person she is. As the book progresses, you gradually learn more and more about Celaena’s past and what made her the way she is. I also love that, despite being a fiesty assassin who could take down most people in sight, she is still so feminine. She shamelessly admits to loving clothes, feeling beautiful in dresses and longs to go to the balls. I think it’s great that Maas has created such a strong female protagonist with a dainty, feminine side too.
One thing that you might not expect from this book are the magical elements. The story dives into Wyrdmarks and Wyrdgates and magical creatures that are beyond imagination. There is mystery and intrigue as competitors start to get suspiciously killed off in the night and the discovery of the source is ever so gripping. Having read the next few books already, I’ll say here that the magical aspects really come into play in Crown of Midnight onwards so expect to learn a lot more as the series unfolds.
A significant part of the novel that I can discuss quite easily without sharing any spoilers are the relationships. Celaena befriends Nehemia, the kind Princess of Eyllwe, and their friendship is one of sincerity and truth. Even though their friendship is suddenly put into question, it is quickly rekindled as both are compatible in their desire for justice and passion. Throne of Glass is known for its love triangle too. But don’t get put off by that. By no means is this story a love story, the love triangle is really only a bi-product of what is going on but it definitely adds to the entire plot. Celaena is drawn to both Dorian Havilliard, the Crown Prince of Adarlan and the man who saved her from the mines, and Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Guard. I think it’s so difficult to decide on your ship but from this book alone, I’d say I lean more towards #teamDorian but really Celaena is just as great on her own.
Throne of Glass is a truly epic start to a truly epic series. Honestly, you probably could just read the first book and imagine it as a stand-alone if you’re not really up for committing to a 6-book series (because I get you!) but the entire series (so far!) is so good that I feel as though you’d really be missing out because it definitely improves as the series goes on. What makes a fantasy book successful to me is when an author creates a vivid world and rich, interesting characters which Maas does brilliantly. The writing is detailed but not to the point where the story becomes slow; rather the plot flows with pockets of deep descriptions that really make the novel. I’d recommend anyone give this one a go. They’re super easy to read but also very hard to put down so ensure you set aside a couple hours before starting! I would thoroughly encourage all you YA fantasy readers to try this out too if you haven’t already, you won’t regret it!
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