Friday, 23 October 2015

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, okay, I know this is an oldie but it's definitely one of my favourites, written and sentimentally. It's the one responsible for me joining Twitter and meeting all these super awesome people and inspired me to start my own blog. Thanks guys so much, I don't even know how to thank you. This one is for you.



Throne of Glass
By: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 404
Published: August 7th, 2012
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Format: e-book
Own: Yes (Paperback)
Rating: 9/10

Read more about it on Goodreads.

Synopsis:

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 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.


Thoughts:

I picked up this book in July of 2015 and it instantly became a new favourite series. I was looking in different Goodreads lists and looking for something with a badass heroine with a interesting plot. I believe it was at 10pm when I found it on Goodreads. Let me just the original cover was a huge turn-off. Personally, I normally dislike books with photographed people on its cover. But I read some reviews, and I was like “okay, I’ll try and see if I can pick this up.” And let me just say it did not disappoint.

In my opinion, I would rate Throne of Glass with a 9/10 stars due to its super intriguing plot, detailed fantasy world building, and tangible characters.

As seen in the summary of the book, the description of Throne of Glass seems like a rip-off of other popular novels such as The Hunger Games, The Selection, or some other competition-based book. However, once diving into the book, I loved how the plot takes a u-turn into several twists and turns ending up in very unexpected places, and without spoiling it, deriving from other novels with similar plot premises to The Hunger Games. It truly becomes its own book with the help of Sarah J. Maas’ writing style. The entire plot easily takes things in different directions and leaves the reader to wonder what type of story will continue Celaena's story in the series’ future novels.

While the book is fast-paced and engaging, there were times when the author could have slowed down and focused more on the action of the competition the protagonist was preparing and striving for all throughout the book. After all, the reason I wanted to read the book was for the competition. I wanted to read gore and blood and other cool assassin things. Sadly, that didn’t really happen until the end. But nonetheless, the author's style perfectly matches the story she has to tell and is almost flawless, causing me to read this compelling novel in the span of a day! If you are in a reading slump, this can be a great way to rejuvenate that motivation to read. It certainly worked for me.

Sarah was able to build the world of Erilea and its situation, despite the protagonist being trapped in the royal palace. We were able to learn all about how Adarlan has taken over most of the major cities in the land and have enslaved many people from still opposing countries. 

The author was also able to create amazing characters that are easily relatable with quirky personality traits that I could not help but to hope for them to be happier. Celaena was basically the one who was a cinnamon roll, but could kill you. She had this amazing backstory, and motives; she’s definitely one of my favourite female characters. Prince Dorian was absolutely the cinnamon roll, who is literally a cinnamon roll. He was so swoon-worthy throughout the whole book. The Captain of the Guard, Chaol, is that one that looks like he could kill you, but really is the cinnamon roll. His loyalness to Dorian, gahhh, all I can say is awwwww. And Nehemia, don’t get me started on her. Her friendship with Celaena was literally the best. All the relationships in the book were super on-point.

Final Verdict:

As a whole, the book, Throne of Glass, was absolutely amazing! The book will have you itching to read the rest of the Throne of Glass series. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy reading about strong heroines, magic, and competitions all woven together! 

And if you are one of those people who hasn’t read it, go read it. Like now. I’m not sure how you’ve survived up until this point without it.

2 comments:

  1. Ahh, great review! I discovered ToG in 2014 the same way and I agree about the cover being a huge turnoff. I'm glad I discovered it, though, because it allowed me to finally delve in to the bookish community and meet amazing people! ^.^

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    1. Haha... First I want to say thanks for commenting! We definitely had similar experiences discovering the book community! And one of those awesome people I met are you! So thank for coming into my life and supporting me through this process! :)

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