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Friday, August 9, 2013

Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Release Date: August 7, 2012
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Length: 432 pages

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 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.


Review:

Protagonist: Celaena Sardothien is a kick-ass and fearless assassin whose spent the last year of hard, back-breaking labor in the salt mines of Endovier, which some dub as a "death camp." Now she's given the opportunity of her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Not only does she have to win a harsh competition against twenty-three other thieves, assassins, and soldiers, but after she wins she'll need to serve four years as the personal assassin to the corrupt king of Adarlan, whose mission in life is to conquer all other lands in Erilea. I love heroines who aren't afraid to fight, sometimes literally, for what they believe in and Celaena is no different. While she's a bit impulsive and has a tenancy to talk out of turn, she's brilliant and cunning and uses more than just her severe fighting skills to get what she wants.

Romance: Finally! I have been waiting so long to find another YA series where I could easily root for either side of the love triangle. While I do feel a bit more drawn to the idea of Prince Dorian and Celaena together, if she so happened to end up Captain Chaol I wouldn't mind. I love both characters that much to where I won't really choose a team, and don't feel pressured to which is something I haven't felt in a long time. The other unique factor to this love triangle is that Dorian and Chaol are best friends and it's that dynamic that makes watching this story all the more entertaining to watch unfold. My only hope is that whoever doesn't end up with Celaena, will find someone they care about just as much, or they somehow get over her because there is nothing worse than a series ending with a character still pining after the protagonist.

World-Building: In this land of Erilea, magic has been outlawed, do to the danger those who wield it can cause, and for some reason, magic decided to take the hint and left of its own accord leaving those who wanted to ignore this law unable to do so. The king of Adarlan, one of the the kingdoms that makes up this land, has been slowly taking over all of Erilea and now wants to enlist the help of a personal assassin to do his bidding, so he holds a competition where those in his council may sponsor a champion to win the title of King's Champion. There is a rebellion brewing in the lands that the Adarlan king has conquered, or is working on conquering and while there isn't much said about it it's foreshadowed to play a larger part in the series to come. I love how in depth this world already is and I cannot wait to see it grow with each new installment and to see this world fully fleshed out, or at the very most fleshed out enough for me as a reader to be content with.

Predictability: In terms of predictability this one is fairly low, it's harder to predict a lot of mysteries and twists and at times the reader is given a red herring to throw them off the right track. Sometimes even when it seems we've discovered what's going on it's not always what it seems. I can tell you as you read this book you need to question everything I'm not even joking about 2/3 of the way through this book I was questioning everyone's motives and was convince that anyone could be the infamous Champion Slayer.

Ending: The climax of this book was epic, the imagery really grasped me and gave me a clear picture of the total amazingness of what was going on. I was held in suspense through each paragraph and in awe of what was shown on the page. Even after the final confrontation was over and the questions began wrapping up there were still some twists and new questions to be answered. The very end was not quite a plateaued ending, but I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger. If I had to describe it, I'd say it would be a slow acting cliffhanger where it slowly dawns on you how much you need the next book in this series. It's great and something I haven't entirely encountered before so it was interesting to read.

Rating:


This book was brilliantly written. It captivated me through every page and it was the hardest book I've ever had to put down because I needed to know what happens next. There's no doubt in my mind if you're a fan of The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) series by George R. R. Martin, the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, or the Ascendance trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen I would recommend you read this amazing debut novel.

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2 comments:

  1. I really hear great things about this. I want to read it. So many books so little time!

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  2. I've heard many wonderful things about this one. Can't wait to read it! Fantasy isn't usually my thing, but I might as well see what all the hype is about!

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