throne of glass
By Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 7th, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance Source/Format: Kindle edition; 432 pages; via Oyster Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.21
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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 three 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. —goodreads
Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.
Where do I even begin? I really did not expect to like this book. Maybe a little bit, but definitely not as much as I ended up loving it. I think that when it comes to certain types of YA books, I’m a little jaded. I tend to stay very far away from books with a lot of hype behind them if only to allow myself to give the book a fair chance without the popular opinions of everyone else clouding my judgement. I originally picked this book up as a read-along with the Bloggers’ Book Club. This was actually our April pick, but as anyone can tell, I haven’t been the best reader lately. I don’t like to be behind one what books have been read when it comes to book clubs, even when I’m not participating in ways that I’d like to. Hence why I still picked this book up in May.
I did, however, make a few snap judgements when I started reading. Thoughts like “of course the protagonist thinks she’s beautiful” and “oh hey look there are the two male counterparts of the love triangle” were some of the first. But, I quickly pushed these thoughts aside as the book utterly consumed me. To say that I was hooked would be a little of an understatement.
Celaena Sardothien is a badass female protagonist that I can get behind. I won’t lie, at first she totally made my eyes roll, but the more she fleshed out not the pages the more I wanted to be as awesome as she was. Her wit is original and quick and she is stays true to her nature throughout the book (even with some curveballs thrown at her). Her attitude is addicting and I couldn’t help but do a bit of fangirling over her love of books, because I mean, they’re books! Yes!
There was a great mix of physical, fighting action and romantic build up throughout the book to keep me satisfied. Maas does a great job of pushing the timeline of the book along smoothly without seeming rushed or unrealistic. But, in my opinion, the best part of the book was the epic love triangle between Celaena, Chaol (the captain of the king’s guard) and Dorian (the crown prince). This is coming from someone who is sick and tired of the love triangle storyline. I’m over it, it’s over done, it makes me cringe. This pairing does not. It delivers. These men that Celaena find in her life a bit unwillingly are both great in their own individual ways. I actually found myself rooting for both of them throughout the whole book and to this day can’t truly say which of them I love more. From brooding, enigmatic Chaol to dashing, charismatic Dorian what isn’t there to love?
This book has totally ruined the scheduling of my TBR list, I have to read the next books. Like, now.
Read if you like: females who kick butt and take names, hidden agendas, sword play, quick wit, pretty dresses and men to drool over behind every corner.