Book Reviews, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Review: Throne of Glass

Happy Friday everyone.

This week, I finally started my re-read of the Throne of Glass series. I have previously read 5 of the 8 books, but it’s been a few years and so I decided I wanted to do a re-read before reading the final 2 books. I always feel like I get so much more out of a series if I read it all at once, because I can fully appreciate all the little details and nuances that I may have forgotten otherwhise.

So, here’s my review:

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: August 2, 2012

Length: 404 pages

Goodreads Rating: 4.20

My Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

My Thoughts:

I think I enjoyed this book more the second time around. I think one of the main reasons is that because I know what’s coming for the characters – they seemed so young, and their problems so small, in comparison to what I know they will face in the later books. I don’t know if that makes sense, but what I mean is that I felt nostalgic and like I was re-visiting old friends.

Maas sets the stage for the rest of the series with this book. The world-building is intriguing and definitely leaves you wanting to know more, about the land, the lack of magic, and the characters. Celaena is sassy, and independent and has a troubled past. Dorian is a handsome, charming, prince who is weary of his father’s cruel ways. And Chaol is the brooding yet kind-hearted captain of the guard who I will always have a soft spot for.

I also enjoyed how focused and fast-paced this novel is. The later books are much longer, but this first book focuses mainly on the challenge to become the king’s champion, while starting to introduce the mystery surrounding the lack of magic in Adarlan. I am a sucker for tests and challenges in stories, I particularly enjoyed the poison-ranking chapter.

The budding love triangle was also really well-balanced. Like I said, I will always have a soft spot for Chaol – but Dorian is a sweetheart too. (Not that I’m forgetting about a certain someone who is introduced in Book 3 either. Haha).

I would definitely recommend this book, particularly if you enjoy fast-paced fantasy stories with assassins, competitions, friendship and a dash of romance. Also, if you’ve been wanting to try reading Sarah J. Maas but aren’t sure where to start – this is her first series. It’s a solid debut, that only gets better as the series continues.

Look for my reviews of the rest of the series soon, as I continue my re-read and finally finish the Throne of Glass series.

I’m curious, do you re-read previous books in the series before reading the final installments?

Happy Reading! 🙂

Liss

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