"Throne of Glass" Book Review
Celaena Sardothian was only a young girl when the King of Adarlan invaded her kingdom, butchering everyone and everything that she ever knew. Orphaned Celaena was taken in by the king of assassin's and trained from a very young age to be a ruthless killer. Then Celaena is betrayed and ends up imprisoned in one of the king's work camps where she was meant to die. She lived and now the King is looking for a champion, someone ruthless, strong and smart. Prince Dorian knows the rumors of the ruthless Adarlan's assassin and offers her freedom and full pardon on the condition that she win the competition and become the kings champion. However, Celaena must serve four years under the King's rule and do whatever he asks of her. Celaena agrees with his terms and travels with Dorian and his best friend Chaol who is also head of the king's guard to the royal city. Amongst competing for her life competitors start tragically dying in gruesome ways and Celaena is determined not to be the next to fall, not in the competition or by this unknown murderer targeting champions.
What Made Me Love This Book
1. Celaena's Character
Celaena is only a young girl when her entire family was butchered by the concurring king. At an early age, she had to decide how to live as well as survive. While training in the assassin academy she thrived, always the best among her peers, sent to far away deserts to train among the best, of course, she was destined to be awesome... but she's also just a girl and this is what I loved about Celaena character in this novel. The reader begins the story with the brutal Assassin of Adarlan always one step ahead, filled with hate and loathing for the King and all those associated with him, but in moments the side of her that is a young girl will show. She likes pretty dresses and puppies just as much as she likes killing people and I'm so happy the author didn't just ignore her main characters age but incorporated her age and life experience into her overall personality.
2. Character Development
Every main character shows some sort of pivotal development in this novel that is clear and easy to follow but also fluid and natural. Much of the character development that happens in the story focuses on relationships and how each character raised in a different lifestyle copes with the other. Each character learns from the other in natural ways that are easy to follow and heartwarming all in the same breath.
3. Perfect Ratio of Description vs Dialogue
There is a fine line between a story that has too much description and not enough dialogue and a story that has to much dialogue and enough substance. "Throne of Glass" balances the scale perfectly. The reader is constantly entertained by witty banter and deep conversations, meanwhile fully immersed in that atmosphere surrounding and building the scenes for each character. I had no trouble following this novel mentally as if it were a film. I never had a moment of "ugh this is boring and too descriptive". For me, that ratio of dialogue and world building is a delicate one and honestly this is one of the rare cases where I feel the author nailed it!
4. Genuinely Funny
Part of what keeps me entertained while reading especially a book of this caliber is quick banter, and relatable characters. I openly laughed out loud while reading this novel. I couldn't help it was just that randomly funny. Books, where you invest so much of yourself into the lives of these characters, have to hook you somehow well "Throne of Glass" does this by making you giggle . . . a lot.
We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most.— Sarah J. Maas
5. Excellently Plotted
What I believe makes this book so loved and so hyped by the reading community is how well thought out and organized Sarah J. Maas's book is. It's easy to follow jumps around a little but never in a disorganized manner, but always in a way that was necessary for the development of the story or character. Simply put this novel is fluid and reads like a steady stream.
The Only Thing I Didn't Like
When I first picked up this novel I was expecting an assassin meets "Hunger Games" type novel... pretty much when a book says a group of people come together to fight to the death for a diplomat of any sort and become a champion who doesn't think "Hunger Games". Well, I was wrong, the competition part barely has anything to do with the main plot of this novel. It is the driving force that motivates its characters but not the focus and that to me was a little disappointing. Celaena is very much right from the beginning built up to be a badass and the competition seemed like a great opportunity to show this off, but unfortunately leaves the reader wanting just a bit more in the Celaena kicking butt department.
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My Final Thoughts
As a reader, I am wary of over-hyped novels frequently being more disappointed than in love with popular novels. "Throne of Glass" I had purchased on my e-reader at a discounted rate and added to my TBR (to be read) pile with the intentions of probably never reading it. Not because I thought it would be bad but because I didn't want to feel the need to dedicate myself to such a large series I didn't know if I would truly enjoy. I hate starting something and not finishing it. While on vacation I had run out of novels to read on my e-reader and only had "Throne of Glass" left. So I thought why not, I'll give it a shot. I am so happy I did for this novel and I have a funny feeling series is probably going to make it to my top ten must-read series. I can not wait to see what happens in the next several books and highly recommend this novel to anyone who hasn't read it yet. If your a fan of high fantasy, romance, and just plain epicness read this novel... and if your looking for an introductory novel to high fantasy read this novel! You won't regret it.