August 7th, 2012

Review | Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

August 7, 2012 | Bloomsbury USA Children | 416 pages

Procurement

eARC from publisher via NetGalley

My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 4

Characters: 4

Romance: 5

Overall: 27/30 90% A

Title/Cover Bonus: 4

Overall

A great look into the world of a teen aged, female assassin thrust into the world of royalty and some very strange events to unfold.

Summary (Goodreads)

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Trailer

I LOVE the music they used in this trailer. Although, not the best I have ever seen.

First Line

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

Most Memorable Scene

There are many but the one that sticks out after months since reading this is the wall climbing scene. Holy goodness! Celaena is one awesome girl!

Plot

The summary up above does a fine job of telling you wants up with this book. I must say that the novellas are what drew me in the most to this book. The novellas are amazing, where the book is good. All I have to say is: Sam.

I enjoyed Celaena’s journey to trying to be the best candidate in the tournament. The mystery element of the other candidates dying off was interesting.

Setting

A castle made of glass? Yes please! The setting to this book was one original aspect that I loved. I am a huge fan of castles and the time period that they stand for. The hidden passage ways are always my favorite part of castles and this one didn’t lack in that regard either.

Writing

This might not have been as awesome as the novellas I did read but it was still very good. Maybe because they were written in third person that I didn’t feel as strong as a connection with Celaena. I like third person a great deal because you get to see the happenings that are going on that the main character isn’t directly apart of.

Originality

I think the aspects that made this original are great aspects! A castle made of glass. A young female assassin. A very good assassin. The mysterious deaths.

Characters

Celaena is one tough cookie. I enjoyed her character a great deal. I only wished at some points that the story was told in first person from her point of view.

Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Royal Guard is the first person we meet and he is delicious, er, I mean a great asset to Celaena and helps her train and become quite the young lady. o.O He’s awesome, that is all.

Dorian Havilliard, Crown Prince of Adarlan, is something else indeed. He is egotistical to the extreme. Yet we learn to love him.

Romance

Yes, this is a love triangle at it’s best. The one thing that I didn’t like about Celaena was her easiness to lure them both to her without feeling too bad about it. I look forward to the next book to see how things evolve for everyone.

Title/Cover Bonus

Both are great. However, I really like the UK cover or paperback better!

Ending

I am anxiously awaiting the next in this series! I did save the last novella to read at some point though but I am afraid to read it.

Series

I must stress, again, that the novellas are worth the $0.99 price tag!

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: A Throne of Glass Novella

The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass)

The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass)

Throne of Glass


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