Book Review: Throne of Glass

After serving a year of hard labour in the mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year old assassin Celaena is summoned to appear before the crown prince. Prince Dorian offers Celaena her freedom, on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition thrown by his father to find the king’s new royal assassin. Up against thieves, soldiers, and seasoned killers from across the kingdom, Celaena must beat each of her opponents or be thrown back into the mines. Along the way Celaena finds herself tangled in a number of investigations, as some of her competitors are discovered brutally murdered. Who is killing the champions? And will Celaena discover their identity before she becomes the next victim?

I always love a good fantasy novel filled with fighting, love triangles, and a bit of intrigue, but I was happy to find myself enjoying Throne of Glass more than I even originally anticipated! Sarah J. Maas used just the right amount of action, character development, and mystery to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire way through! I love a female character who is physically strong, yet also intellectual, and Celaena possessed both of these qualities and more.

My favourite part of the entire book, however, was the love plot. No surprise there right? The whole time I was reading I kept my fingers crossed that Celaena would eventually end up with the Captain of the Guard, Chaol. It was pretty obvious early on, however, that a love triangle would emerge when Celaena started blushing all the time over the prince’s good looks.Warning: If you don’t want the ending of the love plot ruined you better stop reading now! You can imagine my surprise, therefore, when Celaena ultimately chose to be with neither Dorian or Chaol in the end! While the romantic in me was saddened by this lack of conclusion to the love story, the part of me that had connected with Celaena’s character cheered at this turn of events! I think it would have completely gone against everything that Celaena stands for in the novel if she had suddenly decided to form a romantic relationship with one of the men. So kudos to you Ms. Maas for sticking to Celaena’s guns!

The only thing that somewhat irked me about Throne of Glass were some of the place and character names. I know its a trope of fantasy novels for the settings to have wierd, original names, but they just sounded awkward in my head whenever I read them. Maybe I was pronouncing Endovier wrong, but it just didn’t flow off my tongue. Other then that small issue, I’m really looking forward to the rest of this series, and can’t wait to see what happens to Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian next!

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Throne of Glass

  1. Great review, Natalie!! I too was pleasantly surprised by this book, and found myself enjoying it more than I expected to.
    And yes, the romantic ending was surprising, but it was also refreshing since the love story never dominated the story.

    Since you liked this, I think you’ll LOVE Seraphina! 🙂 🙂

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