March 31, 2017
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.” ― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
And so it begins.
For months I have known about the “Throne of Glass” series by the incredible Sarah J. Maas and I had already read both “A Court of Thorns and Roses” novels, but this series was always a bit distant for me. I ordered the series back in January and on Wednesday night, right after I finished “Everything, Everything” I picked up book 1 and my obsession has been locked into place ever since.
“Throne of Glass” follows eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien, a rutheless assassin that is brought to the castle to compete in a competition so that she may become the King’s champion and after years of servitude to the Crown, win her freedom. While at court, she meets two men: Chaol Westfall, the captain of the King’s Guard and Dorian Havilliard, the Crown Prince. Through their help, Celaena will fight for her freedom and make some interesting friendships along the way.
I wasn’t expecting the plotline. I knew the gist of the first book, but was pleasantly surprised when I realized how this series was going to go. I have luckily avoided major spoilers since I heard of the novels. Like Maas’ other series, she had created an entire world that is magical and incredibly detailed. If it wasn’t for all the tyranny, I wouldn’t mind living in Erilea.
Celaena for me is one of the most realistic female characters I have read in a long time. I mean, she’s an assassin in a mythical world, but still. She had her flaws and her thoughts are very honest and genuine. I have always loved how Maas introduces her characters and the way she introduced Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena was beautiful. I got to know them more and more as they story went on and even though all three of them are very strong willed and badass characters, we saw their internal struggles . We also saw the moments when they were at their lowest and that, for me, is important to see when it comes to character development.
This whole book is basically a case of “Who Done It?” I was constantly trying to figure out who the villain was and even when I thought I knew, I didn’t. Or when I was absolutely sure I knew, Maas instilled doubt that made me rethink EVERYTHING. I found myself in the mindset of Celaena a lot when it came to trying to figure out the puzzle. The amount of foreshadow helped a bit, but in the end I finally realized the pieces I had been missing. Also, the ending presents ever MORE questions. I am very glad I have the whole series or I would have been very upset.
The language of the book was very easy to follow, the pronunciation however…bit tricky, very thankful for the guide in the back. I love when authors create entirely new worlds! It’s so fascinating to read about them and basically learn a fictional culture and Maas never disappoints. I think the best part of the book is when you get to learn along with Celaena and Chaol when it comes to the Wyrdmarks and the magic of the world. Instead of just characters explaining everything, you get to go on the journey with them and it makes the book that much better.
As this is a Maas story, I am trying not to get too attached to certain characters that I like now because we all know that I may end up hating them later. Looking at you “A Court of Thorns and Roses”. But I can’t help but love Chaol so much. His character is very stoic, but there is a light and a warmth to him and I can’t help but smile when he let’s his true self show. If you are worried that this may just be another fantasy adventure…it is, but there is an underlying tone that makes this story much more than just fighting and assassins. We get to see a young girl who has been through hell rediscover herself in different ways, whether it’s through violence or books
SIDE NOTE: THAT LIBRARY THOUGH!
“Throne of Glass” is the ultimate page turner. I couldn’t put it down and only did so when I absolutely had to. I haven’t felt a drive like this to read for a while. I am trying not to read them too fast as I am afraid I won’t absorb the story well enough, but sometimes it cannot be helped. So many emotions went through me as I read this! Most of it was confusion and giddiness, but there are moments of heartbreak and pitty as well. If you like emotional rollercoasters, then TOG is for you!
A lot of questions still remain especially about Celaena’s past, but I still have five more books to go to find out! I would love a deeper backstory on the assassin as well as Chaol and Dorian, especially the two men and their friendship. Also, I am very curious to meet Hollin (Dorian’s younger brother), not sure why, but he intrigues me slightly as does Queen Georgina (Dorian’s mother).
Overall I give this book 5/5 stars! Man, I am reading so many five star novels these days! I have already been told book 2 does a complete 180, so we shall see! You can follow me on Goodreads HERE to see more updates as I read this incredible series! If you are a fan or “A Court of Thorns and Roses” or even “Six of Crows” by Leigh Bardugo, then I think you will enjoy this just as much as I did! Alright! I am off to read “Crown of Midnight”, adios!