Throne of Glass #1
by Sarah J. Maas
Nikki’s Rating: 9 out of 10
Summary: Pulled from her death sentence in a labor camp, Celaena Sardothien believes she has been saved; all she has to do is win a competition between other killers, thieves, and warriors to become the King’s Champion. As Adarlan’s greatest assassin, Celaena believes her freedom to be ensured and her only concern is dealing with the pompous and cruel courtiers. But then the other competitors start getting killed outside of the competition, their bodies found shredded with organs missing. Celaena’s fight for her freedom has become a desperate battle for her survival.
9 Tantalizing Things about Sarah J. Maas’s “Throne of Glass”
(May Contain Spoilers)
1. The World
While there are so many things that I absolutely loved about the Throne of Glass series, one of my biggest ones is the world. Maas has created a world that is dynamic, believable and totally magical. A true fantasy series with a vibrant world with different races, countries, and lore.
2. Magical Writing
Maas’s writing is simple and utterly absolutely beautiful. She wastes no words. With just a sentence, Maas can allow a reader to delve into a characters’ feelings, feeling it alongside them. In a paragraph, Maas can paint the scene without pulling a reader away from the characters or action taking place. In pages, Maas weaves a story with likeable characters that engages the imagination, sets your heart racing, and has you frantically reading chapter after chapter.
The dynamics between characters in “Throne of Glass” was enjoyable, heartfelt, and hilarious at times. I loved the brotherly love between Chaol and Dorian that was genuine and while strained at times, was based on a strong history, mutual respect, loyalty, and a deep fraternal love. I loved the dynamics between Chaol and Celaena as well as Dorian and Celaena. The banter and snide comments, the sexual tension, and the chemistry were delicious!
4. Celaena Sardothien
Probably my reviews for each book in this series will include something about my absolute love for Celaena. Her overall irreverence for practically everything especially people of power always cracks me up. She is haughty, badass, blunt, jaded and yet has the capacity to care and love regardless of all the trauma she has endured. Wish I was as cool as her!
5. Her Rage and Hatred
Celaena’s rage and hatred for the world was something that totally resonated with me. She acts like she doesn’t care and on some level wishes that she didn’t but deep down, past her prickly, piss-poor attitude is a soft-hearted woman who wants to feel safe and loved. Celaena is afraid to get too close to others due to fear of abandonment; the fear that once they truly know her, they will reject and leave her or they will be killed because of her. This tough girl exterior with a very sappy gooey inside just hit home for me.
One of my absolute favorite scenes in the book was Celaena coming to the ball in a very Cinderellaesqe dress. I remember reading somewhere that Maas started the idea of Throne of Glass by reimagining Cinderella as an assassin. This scene always stuck out to me because of that and also because I really like ball gowns and have no reason to wear one, too bad I’m not a princess.
7. The Final Battle
Absolutely epic! The final battle in “Throne of Glass” had me on the edge of my seat. I’ve read this book three times now, obviously I know the ending but this scene is still just so thrilling and anxiety producing. So many things happen, so many things can go wrong, and it’s just amazing that I get so wrapped up in it no matter how many times I’ve read it.
8. The Assassin’s Blade
Thankfully Maas has written a few novellas to show events before “Throne of Glass” that include some of Celaena’s adventures prior to her time imprisoned. These novellas can be found together in a collection in “The Assassin’s Blade” Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5.
Celaena’s story with Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia continues in “Crown of Midnight” Throne of Glass #2.