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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

July 24th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Source: Picked up an ARC at ALA Annual

Publication date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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 kings 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 exhilirating. 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.

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I had to read it.  Right off the bat it reminded me of Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study book which I loved!  The story turned out to be quite a bit different but I still ended up in love with the book.

Celaena’s character could be a little grating at times due to her vanity and overwhelming amount of self confidence.  Still I admired the strength she showed and yet she still managed to maintain this softer, girlish side of her that enjoyed parties and nice clothes.  At times it seemed out of character and yet it served as a nice contrast and glimpse into what type of woman she would have grown up to be were she not raised by the king of assassins and instead lead a normal life.

The two potential love interests, Prince Dorian and Captain of the Guard, Chaol, both grabbed my heart though I am leaning towards Chaol.  The two men are very different and yet endearing in their own ways.  Prince Dorian’s sense of humor and relative down to earthness was fun to read and I loved watching the banter back and forth between he and Celaena.  Chaol grabbed my heart because while he is rather stoic and at first appears very rigid it quickly becomes clear how much of a man of honor he is, he does have a good heart and he is trying to do his best to help his close friend, the prince, as well as eventually taking Celaena under his wing.  It tore my heart apart having to watch him view the ease with which Dorian and Celaena interact with each other and the jealousy he struggles to contain.

The murderer is pretty obvious from the beginning but that doesn’t keep the story from engrossing the reader as we slowly see the world of magic making a re-entry into this world.  I also really enjoyed the character, Princess Nehemia, who befriends Celaena and who has her own secrets to hide.

The only little things that bothered me was that there were little inconsistencies with Celaena’s character.  For instance, for an assassin she is awfully easy to sneak up on.  It seems like she constantly has men and women sneaking into her room often times when she is asleep and she never stirs.  One would think with the skills and training she’s received she would be more of a light sleeper and harder to sneak around.  There was also a friendship with one of her competitors that I enjoyed watching develop and then it ends so abruptly that I was left wanting more.

Still this was a wonderful start to a new series and I cannot wait for the next book.

I also just had to post this gorgeous UK version of the cover which I absolutely love!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Fantasy, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Bookluvr Mindy

    Good to know you liked it! I’m seeing a lot of positive reviews and I’m starting it right now.

  2. Bookluvr Mindy

    OH! And I love that cover on the bottom of your review!

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Thanks & I know isn’t that cover awesome? I swear sometimes the UK gets the best covers.

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