Book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Date Published: August 7th, 2012
Date Started: August 28th, 2014
Date Finished: August 31, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, The Assassin’s Blade, A Court of Thorns and Roses
“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.
I’ve been hearing about this book nonstop since people have been eagerly anticipating Heir of Fire. This series kept popping up in my radar all the time, and I decided it was about time that I finally start the series and see what all the hype is about.
So let me say this first, there has been some debate, I guess you would say if you should read the novellas first, The Assassin’s Blade (which is the title of the book that conveniently puts all five of them in one place) I don’t know if I personally would have liked to read the novellas first. They are referenced in Throne of Glass, A LOT. So it would have been nice to have had the background knowledge about what the characters were talking about. However, with that being said, I enjoyed reading Throne of Glass first, getting a feel for who Caelena is and then going back to see who she was before the events of Throne of Glass. Its entirely up to you, it doesn’t really matter when you read the novellas since they take place before the series starts.
Before I started reading Throne of Glass, I wasn’t 100% sold into the fantasy-kingdom-fighting with swords style or genre. I had read Graceling by Kristin Cashore, but it wasn’t my favorite book and didn’t really convince me into reading the genre. However, once I read Throne of Glass, this book completely changed my mind about the genre. I think this book is a great introduction into the fantasy genre. Even if you’re not really into the fantasy genre, this book is still a great read.
So what really is the hype all about? Well, when Throne of Glass starts, we are greeted by a girl named Celaena. She’s been imprisoned in a Salt Mine, but she is there because someone had betrayed her. Before her imprisonment, Celaena was the greatest assassin in the entire land of Adarlan. No one could match her skills, and she was so young, too. One day, the Prince of Adarlan comes to Celaena in the Salt Mines and offers her the chance to win back her freedom. All she has to do is beat out a bunch of people in a contest and become the King’s Champion. Sounds easy right? Wrong. This competition includes the best assassins, thieves, soldiers, and killers in all of Adarlan. If Celaena doesn’t win the contest, she’ll be thrown back into the Salt Mines for the rest of her life. Can she win her freedom?
One of my favorite things about this book was the characters. I especially loved the main character, Celaena. She’s everything I could hope for in a female heroine in a book. She’s fought tooth and nail to be the best at what she does. She’s watched people suffer in Adarlan, and yet she still wants to help them. She’s not afraid to love someone that she could never be allowed to love, but she’s not scared of being alone either. Love and being in a relationship didn’t define this character, and I loved that. The events of the book would have still carried on, for the most part, whether she was in love or not. But also, she recognized who and what is good enough for her. I have read in a few other reviews that Celaena didn’t have any character development throughout the book. I think there was plenty of development. If you ever read the novellas, you’ll especially make the connections and see that she has changed. In the beginning of the novellas, Celaena is very vain, and has trouble speaking to strangers because of her arrogance. In Throne of Glass, Celaena comes off as a much more humble person and makes friends.
One thing I did not like, however, was the fact that there was kind of a heavy dependence on reading the novellas to understand truly what was going on. In the book, Celaena kept referring to a past love, Sam. But the truth behind what happened to him is not revealed in Throne of Glass, but rather in the Novellas. Thats what drove my interest to read the Novellas right after Throne of Glass, so I could have access to the truth. There were also some things that seemed to be left unresolved at the end of the book, but I feel like these unresolved things will be resolved in the future books. The entire story seems to be a lot bigger than just Throne of Glass, so I am thankful that the next two books are already out.
With that being said, Crown of Midnight is already out, and Heir of Fire was released just this past Tuesday. Heir of Fire seems to be a much bigger book than the previous two, so I’m looking forward to all the goodies that the book has to offer. I believe that there are going to be 6 books total in this whole series, so look forward to more reviews from this series in the future!