RATING: UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING!! ONE KICK-ASS BOOK!! (5) // AMAZON
PAGES: 416 PAGES | PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
FORMAT: hardcover | SOURCE: Library | AGE GROUP: Young Adult
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.
WARNING: This review contains lots of gushing & fangirling!
(I will try my best to keep it at a minimum though :D)
Throne of Glass is now one of my favorite reads of 2012 next to The Fault In Our Stars!! Throne of Glass was majorly hyped about with controversy reviews, but I absolutely LOVED this book!! Hands down, AMAZING! READ IT NOW!!!
Celaena without a doubt is my favorite heroine of 2012!! Maybe one of my favorites EVER! This girl is just pure AWESOMENESS!!! She was such a complex character who surprised me all the time. She was what you were expecting, but so much more! I thought I was going to get a kick-ass, snarky, sassy, sarcastic assassin which is exactly what I got, but with a lot more depth. There were these moments where you could see the more vulnerable, young, girlish side of her. It was insane! And, I loved to see that clever assassin mind of hers at work! Plus, she LOVES books!! Score! Celaena is an unbelievably brave & strong girl who’s endured through so much. She has a surprisingly kind & caring heart that shows through on a couple of occasions. But, she tries to keep this side of her hidden, because of her troubled, complicated past. Seriously, Celaena was a total bad-ass character on so many levels! You’re gonna love her!
I think there was supposed to be a love triangle with Prince Dorian & Captain Westfall (Chaol), but I thought that it wasn’t that big of a deal. I could see the love triangle at work, but it was definitely not the main focus which was a nice change. Prince Dorian was arrogant, egoistic, & kinder than you’d expect. Captain Westfall (Chaol) was hardworking, sweet, strong, & smart. I didn’t really fall head over heels for any of these two, but their interactions with Celaena left me laughing & smiling.
By the way, there are random parts of the book with small parts of other characters’ POVs which is always AMAZING!! WHOOP! MULITPLE POVs!!
I was expecting a bit more action in this book because of this insane competition, but there isn’t so much. Except the action scenes are so intense that I barely noticed!! I loved listening to Celaena kick some major ass!! And, while you read these parts it was like you were getting an adrenaline rush just from the writing!
The mystery in this book was great! I was always trying to guess who the culprit was behind all the murders of the other contestants. Plus, trying to understand the Wyrdmarks was next to impossible! Gosh, I totally got that part wrong!
The world Sarah J. Maas created was so beautiful! The best part was listening to Celaena describe the scenery with so much energy & passion. You could really see how beautiful the setting was!
I cannot stop thinking about Throne of Glass! Like, what happened to Celaena in her past? What is that good for nothing King up to?? What’s going to happen in the next installment?? I MUST KNOW!! Throne of Glass is a definite must read for fans of assassins & kick-ass heroines!