Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Published: 2nd August 2012
Source: Review copy from publisher
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First SentenceAfter a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.
Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Adarlan, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition—she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land in a series of set-piece battles in the country’s stunning glass palace. But there is more at stake than even her life—for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future…
Argh.. Trying to sum up my thoughts on Thone of Glass is the equivalent to attempting to review Harry Potter.. This one swiftly became a new favourite because it’s just that good. Need more? Well okay.
I believe the word “unputdownable” was created for this very book. I was completely lost to the world while I was reading it and even for a few days after, when I couldn’t possibly read anything else, I wouldn’t shut up about it. Can I put my finger on what’s so good about Throne of Glass? What gives it that special spark that has me raving about it this much? Not at all. But I can tell you that I can’t think of a single fault with the story or the writing. Language is used so gracefully to set this wonderful atmosphere. “Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.” So much creativity, imagination and love has gone into this novel. That is crystal clear.
Celaena is badass. She’s the world’s deadliest assassin and has survived as a slave for a year where other people only survive a few months at best. She’s strong-willed and clever, though underneath her hard exterior she is extremely vulnerable. She may be a killer but she is a very sympathetic character and the best part about the characterisation for me is the significant lack of angst, despite the hardships the characters go through.
Still not sold? I’m convinced this book is perfect for anybody who enjoys fantasy. There’s a very sweet love interest, though it isn’t overbearing and thus doesn’t overpower the story. There’s some dark goings on with harbingers of ancient evil. There’s a competition between less-than-moral people to become the King’s unquestioning champion. There’s action. There’s an actual kickass heroine (*gasp*). There’s a glass castle. And there are dogs. It’s so utterly immersive that you will find yourself having to set alarms so as not to completely lose track of time while reading, and this might be the first book in years that I have actually shouted at when it came to an end. I’ll certainly be purchasing the e-novellas soon.
Before you read this book you may be interested in a pronunciation guide for a handful of character and place names. I found it very helpful, personally. I hope you enjoy Throne of Glass even half as much as I did! If you don’t pick it up, expect a book bully to be on your tail very soon.