Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Why I chose this book:

I had been wanting to read this book for a while, I just never got around to taking it off the shelves. I’m glad I finally did just before her sequel came out. This is a book that I recommend to near everyone. It has everything a fantasy lover could ever wish for.

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publish Date: May 7, 2013
Format: Paperback 
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy 
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   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.

The 5 things you need to know about this book:

   1. Being feminine is not a crime.
   Celaena is badass. That’s all there is to it. She is strong-willed, level-headed but does not lack in emotion and knows who she is. Very rarely will you read a YA book where the heroine knows definitively who she is. It’s wonderful to see on paper, but even more amazing is the fact that Maas did not erase her feminine side. Rather, she embraced Celaena’s feminine side. Not only is the infamous Celaena Sardothien a cold-blooded assassin, she is a fashion enthusiast, enjoys long strolls in the afternoon market town, and is at times vain about her appearance. 

   Some readers, like myself, would normally find these characteristics annoying or generic, but I found that it actually enhanced her character and allowed me to identify with her. 

   Being feminine is not a sin in this book.

   2. It’s always her choice.
   You read the summary and think immediately, “Ah, love triangle. I don’t know how I feel about another love triangle.” But wait, this is most definitely not your generic love triangle, just like Celaena isn’t your generic heroine. Along with all of her other intriguing characteristics, her choice always remains hers. She is very unlike Twilight’s character Bella who doesn’t know who she wants. She knows who she likes, and she goes for it. Only when Celaena’s feelings change, does she decisively make a decision. Not only does her choice between which character she loves belong to her, so does her decision on sex (and this is consistent throughout the sequel as well). She is never persuaded or coerced one way or the other in any situation.

    3. Game of Thrones-like violence.
   Throne of Glass is not for the faint of heart. Despite the fact that it is YA lit, this novel carries very vivid and descriptive pictures of blood, gore, and violence. If for some reason, you cannot stand that kind of description, this book may not be for you. But I mean, come on, it’s a book about an assassin for Christ’s sake.

   4. You never know anyone completely.
   There are a good amount of characters in these books, but each and every one of them have very well-thought out backgrounds and all of them reign from different areas. There is more to every character than meets the eye, even Celaena Sardothien. You never fully know these characters. Around every corner, you learn more about Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol.

   5. Similar, but better and WAY different.
   Like I said before, this is an extremely unique and well-written novel; it isn’t comparable to others in its genre, but it’s an odd mix of Graceling, Game of Thrones, and the Hunger Games -but it only takes slightly from each book, and is almost imperceptible. So those of you who enjoyed those books will love this one.

   Final Note:
   Sarah J. Maas has easily jumped up to my top 5 favorite authors, and that is extremely hard to do. This series is not only phenomenally written, but you are completely immersed in the books from cover to cover. This is definitely a beautiful debut novel that I would happily read over and over again.

   I gave it 5 stars on my Goodreads.

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