Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury
“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.
Rating: 4.5/ 5 ☆ (1st), 4.65/ 5 ☆ (2nd)
Hello friends, I’m back with a book review for 2019! Hooray! I have started off by re-reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and I can’t wait to see how things goes and I’m so proud that I managed to tab my books this year (which I wanted to do a long time ago but did not manage to tab consistently till the end)! I am so satisfied to have made it happened. Do you tab or annotate your books?
Here’s a picture of my copy of Throne of Glass being tabbed by me!
Now, let’s get into the review!
My thoughts on Throne of Glass (Spoiler-free)
Betrayal, deadly and gory.
Trust me, you would not want to mess with Adarlan’s Most Notorious Assassin!
Once again it has been a roller-coaster ride even after a reread! I left this series back in 2016 when I stopped at Queen of Shadows (Book 4) and here I am 3 years later picking it back up to finish it. Kingdom of Ash (Book 7) is here (I waited for it actually, and now that the finale is out, it is time for a TOG Marathon) and I still can’t wrap my mind around the thought that the series has come to an end.
I was not completely hooked with the first few pages which was paced a little slow for me (it did not change since I first read it back then) but it gets really interesting after the first few pages. Throne of Glass itself is sort of a Cinderella retelling but with a dark twist!
The characters’ introductions were amazing. Each one has a strong voice and I can really feel and sense their raw emotions clearly. Aside from this, the friendship and trust between the characters are everything, Sarah has really done a beautiful job with this one and I really like it! Also, each scene from the book will just made you go mouth gaping and ewwwww, gross kind of feeling (bloody I say). As for the romance section, you can sense a love triangle coming (your ships will go wild even from the first book! Trust me, it will go even wild further down the road).
As this series is dear to my heart I’m going to move on to the spoilers and I’m going to pour out my feelings for this book, so come back and read it once you have read the book (don’t spoil yourself! Please don’t!)
My thoughts on Throne of Glass (Spoilers)
Hmm, where should I start? There are so many thoughts floating in my head which I want to put into this section, but I don’t want to turn this into a 4-5 page essay, as I don’t think anyone will read it (but thank you in advance if you would, haha).
Here is to a Cinderella tale with a dark twist and a dash of Game of Thrones.
The plot is utterly fantastic! I love how everything started and transformed into an even darker version of what it initially was. The best part: the existence of Magic! Not to mention, the map illustration was stunning and it fits perfectly (a round of applause to the illustrator, you have really done a good job!). I was able to clearly visualize and navigate myself while reading, like I’m living in each and every scene, from the Salt Mines of Endovier to the glass castle in Adarlan to the tests and duels that take place.
From the start to the end, (excuse me, I’m still learning how to breathe again) I was glued to my chair the whole time during each battle. The archery scene was fierce, the wall climbing was a risky one but saving Nox was a good choice although dueling with Cain was a crazy one (It was like Celaena was breathing fire!)
One of the best lines from this scene (page 367):
“Move, and I’ll spill your throat on the ground,” she said, her jaw aching. – Page 368
The mysterious falling of Champions one after another was also part of the main plot which is written with such gory details that I almost felt like puking. Nonetheless, I really wanted to know more about the Wyrdmarks (By the Wyrd, I need to know more). Betrayal in this series was also a main theme, such as poor Kaltain being used.
Oh Celaena Sardothien, how I adore you! Trust me, you would not want to mess with her. I love how strong, teeth-clenching and vicious she is from the start (snapping like no one’s business). I even tabbed on the lines she spoke while reading. (How can you resist such charm from this deadly and kicka** character, one who went through a lot from the start, and from a very young age). To be the King’s Champion (as she is now), and one who loves reading; I almost wept when she laid her hands on the piano forte and gracefully expressed her emotions, reliving the sad memories she had had with Sam (their story is told in The Assassin’s Blade).
Also, the building of friendship and trust between Celaena and Nehemia was well-done – gradually progressing from doubting each other to no more secrets between them. Chapter 51 (from page 376), in my opinion, contained the most heart-warming scene between these two characters.
Dorian giving Celaena a puppy was the most adorable thing ever! Fleetfoot is so sweet whenever she curls up like a ball (I definitely have a soft spot for her). I yearn for more of Dorian’s character development in future books although I already love him in this one! Although Dorian did win Celaena’s heart for a moment (an achingly beautiful relationship), I still value their friendship more and am glad he did not push it further as she wished not to after being the King’s Champion.
Oh Chaol, Captain of the guard, how can I not write about you, his character development is so loyal but taken with precaution, step by step throughout the book. I can tell he has feelings for Celaena but most of the time he conceals them and can be harsh at times. But the highly emotional “Get Up” scene caught me off guard, with its powerful writing. The strength he gave to Celaena was so strong and the scene zooming in on their fingers on that chalk line (Page 359) was unbearable and epic!
What would I like to know more from the next installment?
I’m highly curious about Wyrdmarks and what’s brewing within and after (I know what’s going to come and what creatures are lurking around but I’ll keep this for upcoming reviews for the next few books in the series, I don’t want to give away too much even though I have already read up to QOS). And not forgetting Celaena’s past and future, other characters and the Eye of Elena!
Stay tuned for more!
Do share your thoughts on this book/ series with me if you have read it! I would really love to hear them!