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Reviewed by Ivy
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher & Pages: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition, 2012, 432 pages
Audience: Young Adult
Blurb: 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.
Highlight: Exceptional use of simple language and has a great flow of events.
Highlight: The author doesn’t shy away from hard situations, and upsetting events.
Highlight: The character attitudes and their development throughout the story is consistent, and changes logically from past incidents.
I had picked Throne of Glass from the teenage section of the library. Simple but bad-ass cover, intriguing and typical blurb, I thought it would be a basic read. However, after reading the first few chapters into the story Throne of Glass became more than the typical teenage mystery and high fantasy book.
It had everything that I look for in a story. Great characters with continuous development; a proportionate mix of description, dialogue, internal monologue and action scenes; a steady stream of new information to cater to the old; an immersive world; and depth of character and story. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down.
Celaena is smart, strong, tactful when she needs to be, and most of all resourceful. From one situation to the next, Celaena rules the playing field, and it’s no surprise given that she’s a trained assassin. But since one betrayal in the past has landed her in a position where she’s forced to play the game of royalty, Celaena gracefully accepts the hand she’s dealt.
In order to win her freedom she must win the game, but the game has been rigged and not all her competitors will play fair. Yet freedom is at her daggers tip, she only needs to take the plunge and hope she comes out on top as the king’s champion.
With every twist and turn unhinged, Throne of Glass summons forth an evil that Celaena will find challenging, and will tempt you to binge read the series like there’s no escape. The closer Celaena comes to being king’s champion, the closer you get to uncovering the truth. And the truth is the end game is only the beginning.
Throne of Glass is a story of betrayal, deception, friendship, loss, and loyalty. Friends and loved ones will be cut down until the evil dwelling in Celaena’s world is decapitated. So if you enjoy the carnage of a war, admire hard deaths, and appreciate the difficulties characters go through, Throne of Glass is the perfect adventure to embark on. With multiple books under the authors belt and the series still ongoing, Celaena’s world opens up into a grand universe, but Throne of Glass is a great start to the series.
Star Rating: 5 stars
Available in: Hardcover, Paperback, e-book, and Audio book.