Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: Throne of Glass




Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 7th 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Pages:416
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description: 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 exhilarating. 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.


 

If I’d known how much I would enjoy this book, I would have started it ages ago.  Granted, I only have myself to blame because it’s been on my TBR for months now, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, but I kept pushing it off because I knew it was a series and that I’d want to read them all in a row.  For me, that’s always the hard part about series when you’re a book blogger.  You want to read them, but there’s always so many books on your list you want to get to, that carving out a chunk of time to read a series is hard to do.  Ironically enough, by the time I got to the third book in this series, I was frantic and wishing the rest of the books in this series were out already.  Funny how that always seems to work!

Anyhow, Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas is everything I heard and more.  The story line is just fantastic.  Kept in the salt mines of Endovier as a slave, Celaena is given a one-time shot at earning her freedom, when Prince Dorian comes to retrieve her.  Although I love the character development and personal growth Celaena goes through not only in this book, but the entire series as well, I really loved seeing her at the beginning of this book when Dorian gets her out of Endovier.  She’s tough, incredibly sassy, and hurt.  No, I didn’t enjoy seeing Celaena hurt.  What I’m trying to say is I felt like readers got a realistic glimpse of Celaena  as she was back then.  Sara Maas did a really good job of portraying the pain Celaena has gone through, and it made for a really strong female role in the book itself.  I can’t say it enough in my reviews, but when there’s strong female characters in a book, I will always applaud the author. 

Some of my favorite scenes were those with Celaena and Chaol (Captain Westfall) when they were training.  I loved that he didn’t treat her like a girl or go easy on her just because she was a female.  Whether it was their morning runs (which by the way made my heart melt) or fighting in the training room, Chaol always pushed Celeana as hard as he could, to help prepare her for competition.  During their sessions together, they both get glimpses into each other’s lives that allowed the reader to really understand their characters more.  I loved it; it truly was compelling watching them open up with each other.

Before I forget to mention it, I just want to say one thing.  When I say I enjoyed this series, I’m being entirely truthful.  So much so, that I actually made notes as I was reading this book.  I never do that.  I mean NEVER.  I’m not the type of reader that can be bothered to jot things down as I go, especially if it’s a book I like because I’m usually devouring it and don’t want to stop to write down a quote/passage I liked.  For Throne of Glass though, I had to do it.  There were so many beautiful quotes, passages, and sections of the book that I just absolutely loved and related to, that I felt it necessary.  And even though I finished this book (and the other 2 in the series) about a month ago, the sticky notes in TOG are staying, and I go back to them from time to time.  Anyone else take notes as they read?  Should I be doing this more? 

So it should come as no surprise then that I gave Throne of Glass 5 cows.  I had no complaints about it whatsoever (except maybe that the rest of the series isn’t out yet) and I can’t believe I waited this long to start it.  If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet, you need to do so immediately!  Trust me when I saw I should have bumped this series to the top of my TBR sooner!

 
 Emily

2 comments:

  1. I love love love this book so much. This series is just fantastic! Celaena is so strong and tough and I love her for that. So glad to hear you enjoyed it too! Great review.

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  2. I agree! This series overall is a great one!!! so glad i finally got around to reading it! thanks for checking out my review Teresa!

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