Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – REVIEW
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
“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.”
After finishing the ACOTAR series, I was eager to read more of Sarah J Maas. I’d been aware of the Throne of Glass series for a while but never got around to starting it. I’m so glad I did as I already love its potential, especially with such an independent and capable female main character. Celaena is incredibly interesting – she’s arrogant, confident, and full of secrets that I’m sure will be revealed in the following books. She’s also a skilled assassin. I would have liked to have read more about her abilities as the deadliest assassin in Adarlan but I assume they will be demonstrated in greater detail eventually.
“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”
I found the friendship between Celaena and Nehemia to be very rewarding. It was one of mutual respect and liking, without any unnecessary fighting over men. Nehemia was another strong female character with a complicated history, and one I can’t wait to discover more about. It was also refreshing to have an author acknowledge that women have periods. Shock, horror, Celaena has cramps because of her period and the world doesn’t end! I always find myself wondering how female characters deal with their periods in certain situations so I almost squealed with delight at this reference.
“I like music,” she said slowly, “because when I hear it, I . . . I lose myself within myself, if that makes any sense. I become empty and full all at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play. I’m not . . . for once, I’m not destroying, I’m creating.”
As for the two main love interests, Dorian and Chaol, I honestly wasn’t that interested in either of them beginning a relationship with Celaena. I would much rather just read about her adventures. I thought Dorian was too weak as a romantic partner – it wouldn’t be an equal relationship as Celaena is so much stronger. Chaol appeared to be brave, loyal, and full of integrity, so I’d be more interested in him as a potential partner if I had to choose. I already have the next book lined up to read as I can see this being one of those series where I’m desperate to know what happens. I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of YA fantasy.
A great beginning to this series, which left me eager for the next book.
About the Author
SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Timesbestselling author of the Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; and the Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.