Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).
I've tried to read Throne of Glass several times, and just couldn't get into it. I've heard all of the hype, but never really understood it. Recently, one of my close friends in the book community read it, and was ranting and racing about how good it was. She practically begged me to read it all the way through, and finish it. I'm glad she did. After finishing the book, I am slightly obsessed with it.
I have to admit, when I was reading it this time, I was tempted to put it down again. The first twenty percent or so of the book is really slow. Nothing happens, except setting up some world building, which was boring. My friend kept telling me that I needed to push past that point, and I'm so glad I listened to her. After that point, the book becomes action packed. I can't even find words that properly describe how much I loved it. It was suspenseful. I kept wracking my brain, trying to figure out who was killing the champions, and I still got it wrong in the end. The book also had a great combination of funny, yet it knew when to be serious, and could switch between the two easily. It's hard to find a book that can do that well.
I am very hard pressed to find a character that I didn't like. I even liked all of the antagonists, which isn't usually something that happens for me in books I read. Even though I didn't like their actions, it was easy to see why they made the choices they did. Although I was very happy to see the female antagonist get what was coming to her in the end, so to speak. As far as the main character, Celaena, goes, I want to be her when I grow up. She is so badass, yet she has a certain class, and grace about her. She can be really girly, yet she can kill someone without blinking an eye. I love that about her. By the end of Throne of Glass, she's in a love triangle with two guys. Usually that type of thing annoys me, but I didn't mind it in this book. I know which guy I really want her to pick. We'll see if it happens.
Despite the show start, I really loved Throne of Glass. After reading the book, I've become so obsessed with it that I spend most of my time searching the hashtag on Instagram. As soon as I finished Throne of Glass, I started Crown of Midnight immediately, and an almost halfway through that book. I just can't get enough of this series. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, or is just looking for something to read that's intriguing, and unlike anything else out there.
I give Throne of Glass: 4/5.
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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.