Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Throne of Glass

Series: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb:

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 four 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.

Review:

I promise, as a fellow bookworm, that the Throne of Glass Series is ABSOLUTELY KICKASS.

As a fangirl who’s started the series by reading the The Assassin’s Blade first-the book which contains the five prequel novellas, five adventures that tells Celaena’s backstory, reading how much Celaena changed in over a year of slavery in Endovier and the aftermath it had on her physically and emotionally and mentally nearly crushed my heart. She’s been through hell and back and I’ve admired her because despite all the battles and scars-inside-out- she has suffered and endured, beneath that notorious and lethal assassin lays a girl who loves reading, eating sweets and crushing on boys, buying expensive clothes just like any normal girl. Celaena Sardothien is a survivor of betrayal, loss and broken hearts.

“I name you Elentiya.” She kissed the assassin’s brow. “I give you this name to use with honour, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Though many readers were rather discourage reading the series because they did not like the main character because has a huge ego-she does, I don’t deny it, or the story because it focuses a slightly more on to the romance than on the main plot, in her defense Celaena-the main character- knew that her beauty was also a weapon -one that she kept honed over the years. She’s vain and overconfident in her skills as an assassin but hey, bragging rights completely goes to her.

I haven’t finished the book yet and even without the tremendous spoilers on tumblr, I already sensed the impending doom of a love triangle! I’ve enjoyed reading Throne of Glass but not as immensely as I’ve enjoyed The Assassin’s Blade because ugh, I dreaded the romance plot being thrown here and there in the Throne of Glass . I was like, Celaena has suffered enough and after a brief time of freedom you’re-I’m calling you out Sarah J Maas– making her wanting to kiss someone already?! Give the poor girl a break from heart ache, geez.

I mean, even my own heart and soul had not yet recovered from Sam Cortland’s death-Celaena’s main love interest in The Assassin’s Blade- and now I’m torn between Team Dorian and Team Chaol!

“He was done with politics and intrigue. He loved her, and no empire, no king, and no earthly fear would keep him from her. No, if they tried to take her from him, he’d rip the world apart with his bare hands. And for some reason, that didn’t terrify him.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas has created an enthralling and spellbinding tale that definitely captivated my heart and soul.  It’s made me wonder several times while reading the book how she delicately chose these beautiful words to paint and create a new realm/story rich in culture, history, full of adventure with old spells, ancient beings, wicked kings, fallen kingdoms, rise of an empire, and finding the evil within the castle.

I’ve finished reading the whole series and am actually rereading the books before starting Empire of Storms(the Throne of Glass book #5, recently released this September 6)- an unsurprisingly agonizing and tempting task but complete it I did. I had to stay off the internet, especially in tumblr where the fandom is raging and giving out spoilers on every damn posts as easily as giving free candies on Halloween.

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

The agonizingly beautiful tale of Celaena Sardothien had just begun.


Book Links: 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7896527-throne-of-glass

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Throne-Glass-Sarah-J-Maas/dp/1619630346

Visit Sarah J Maas’s website for more information: http://sarahjmaas.com/

Fansite for Throne of Glass Series: http://worldofsarahjmaas.com/

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