Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Throne of Glass is one of those novels where I did the ultimate sin and judged it by its cover… And I'm very glad I did.
It is a great fantasy story about the prodigy assassin Celaena Sardothien, who is dragged out of a prison camp to compete to be the champion of the man who put her there (the King of Adarlan) by the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Dorian. The book follows Celaena as she tries to overcome the struggles of spending a year in a prison camp as she competes against assassins, soldiers and criminals to win a contract that will ultimately gain her freedom.
While there is little doubt between Celaena, Dorian and the Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, that she will win the competition Celaena's confidence is shaken when the bodies of her competitors start being found around the castle with their organs missing and strange marks written in blood on the walls. What at first seems to be a straight forward story about competing assassins soon becomes a magical mystery as Celaena and Chaol try and figure out - what is killing these competitors?
While this is a young adult book there was so much about it that I loved and enjoyed. It is rare for me to find a book where I like all the leads equally but this managed it. Celaena is an annoyingly likeable character, as are Dorian and Chaol. Celaena's youthful love of life is a stark contrast to what she is trained to do and her interactions with the flirtatious Dorian and the scowling Chaol usually seem quite natural.
Celaena actually reminds me quite a lot of Yelena from Maria V Snyder's Study series, and the whole book made me think of a weird amalgamation of the Study series, the Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix and the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. When pushed to describe it I will just say it is the Hunger Games for assassins.
If I had one gripe about the story it's that I wasn't a huge fan of the romance in it but that's more for personal reasons. I just didn't like the couple that appeared in this book. Unlike many stories it didn't overshadow the main plot and offered some nice light relief and gentle teasing between the characters. The romance feels a little forced at times and did irritate me a little that the characters I wanted to be together never got together.
All in all though, I really did enjoy it, especially when the story really picked up. It is light hearted, has a good story and is suitable reading for adults as well as a great story for young adults. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good read for all ages.
Anna Sheldrick, 7/10
Young adult fantasy comes in a number of styles – some are enjoyable to read for everyone, while others are specifically written for the hormonally-charged 16-year old, full of lingering looks into the eyes of a cute guy or the sudden realisation that you no longer think she is as annoying as you once did.
Needless to say, the latter does not necessarily appeal overly to me, but I can deal with it in small doses.
Which is why I really liked ‘Throne of Glass’ by Sarah J Maas.
Released last year, Throne of Glass popped up in my search for similar titles to fill out my New Year reading marathon. The blurb was enticing, as I’m always a sucker for female assassins, and the book has received constantly good ratings across Amazon and Goodreads.
The book is most definitely written for the young adult (which is just a nice way of saying teenager). The pacing is fast and the emotions run high, but apart from the semi-regular passages detailing the main character’s growing affection for her two male counterparts, the book doesn’t suffer from the flippancy of other young adult novels.
There is a suspicious ‘Hunger Games’ quality to the opening half of the book, which does take you out of the story somewhat, but it is surrounded so thickly by an engaging story and hidden threats that – if you allow yourself – you can remain submerged in this world. I found myself making parallels between Throne of Glass and Joel Shepherd’s ‘A Trial of Blood and Steel’ series and Kristin Cashore’s ‘Graceling Realm’ series – strong female leads, young, and with those same emotions that make them all gooey over the cute guy, but pushing past the teenager-mentality and into a mature adult understanding of the world around them.
First in a series, Throne of Glass really makes me long for more in the same world – always a bonus achievement for a book. A lot has been hinted at, and the bad guys have been revealed to us (though not to the main characters), and I can see things going pear-shaped for at least one character who has been spurned.
It might not be the height of literary achievement, but if you’re looking for a fun and quick read over these opening weeks of 2014, then you really can’t go past Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.
Joshua S Hill, 7/10
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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve...
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Olivia from Australia
I know it's kind of lame to rate a book 10/10 but honestly, it deserves it. TOG is just one of those books that have you sitting in your room and reading for hours straight. The plot twists and amazing characters make it a page turner not easily forgotten. I got 12 people into the series and our world revolves around it. I would recommend it for anyone. Yes person reading this comment. That means you if you haven't already read the series. So yeh basically, ITS THE BEST FLIPPING BOOK SERIES IN THE WHOLE FLIPPING UNIVERSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SARAH J MAAS U R A GODESS THX U SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IM SO EXCITED 4 THE TV SERIES OF TOG THATS COMING OUT!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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