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?
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: 2nd August 2012
Series: Yes, there are 6 books in total and as of now, only 4 are out. The next two novels come out in 2016 and 2017.
I know, I’m late to the party. This book’s been sparkling at me on shelves and tables at Waterstones since forever. Let’s take a moment to marvel at the cover. The cover was brilliant. I love books with covers that are simple and are either black or white. Or they’re plain. Ish. This is a perfect example. I don’t usually like covers with a human-looking human on it, this one made the exception. Covers like this, with only one focal point attract me quite quickly. The editions of the Hunger Games novels with the black covers are one of my favourites. Anyways, I’ll make a post on book covers another day.
The story follows a teenage/not really a teen girl. She’s 18. EighTEEN. Is 18 still a teenager? Anyways, she’s an assassin. But she’s not just any assassin. She’s the famous assassin of Ardarlan. She’s been offered a chance of freedom and she accepts it, but if she fails her task, she’s doomed to go back to her death camp and work there for the rest of her life.
I love them. Oh hell I do. Celaena. I love her name. The spelling of it…I love it. Celaena Sardothien. My phone keeps trying to autocorrect “Celaena” to “Clearance.” That’s just insulting. My phone seems to autocorrect my words a lot. For example, I once sent a text saying, “Duck you.” Anyways, she’s an assassin. The author spends way too much time trying to emphasise that. I love assassins. As a child, my dream was to become one so naturally, books about assassins leap towards me. Celaena is the best. She’s famous. Everyone’s scared of her. Yet somehow, she makes friends (that go on to become love interests) that aren’t scared of her. They’re intrigued by her mystery and her arrogance that hides so much. As we get to know her more, we learn that Celaena is a rather kind person with a soft, gentle side. She’s also rather childish. She enjoys reading and music and longs to have a friend. Nehemia, the foreign princess is a strong, rebellious girl with secrets. There are characters in this book that are deceptive and they’re constantly keeping you on the edge. The prince is a good guy with good intentions, but is quite useless. It’s obvious from the beginning that some kind of complicated forbidden relationship will form. The captain is boring. I don’t like him. He’s too much of a goody goody and no fun.
There’s a plot. You can see it. It’s like the Hunger Games: a game of elimination. The story kept me on edge and there were a few unexpected turns. The ending was pretty predictable though I have to say, but as for the rest of the series, I don’t know. The series can potentially become one of my favourites. If it’s like the Hunger Games, then the next books will become darker which I really don’t mind.
I’ve been itching to start this. My most important point. There is not enough blood. I’m aware of how that makes me sound but you’ll understand when you come to read this. (Yes, when, not if. You will read this.) The main character is an assassin. She was rescued from a death camp. She gets trained alongside other assassins. She’s an assassin. So why isn’t there more blood? I picked up this book, expecting some serious fight scenes and detailed scenes of blood but nope, instead I get detailed descriptions of dresses. Much of the beginning of the book is spent talking about Celaena’s escape ideas, her analytical mind and her resourcefulness. Despite it being very amusing to read, it’s a bit distracting. Sarah’s writing is not atmospheric at all. None of it makes you shiver, none of it makes you feel intense. Sarah wrote this book at 16, and it’s amazing for a work at such a young age but she probably edited it afterwards. Her vocabulary is great and the prose is easy to read.
To conclude, this novel is a kickass starter to the series and I have high expectations for the rest of the series. If you’re looking for loads of blood and detailed scenes of mutilation then you’re not gonna get any here. This novel is extremely light for a novel about assassin yet I love it. I love the world and Calaena is already one of my favourite YA female characters. The series look like they’ll get more exciting and I’m really looking forward to read the rest of the series. The books seem like their selling point isn’t in the gore -which shows that the series aren’t mindless and possess a good plot. This book falls into the fantasy category of YA and I feel obliged to say, it’s a sorry example of YA fantasy. Magic is banned in the kingdom and the only people shown to use magic does so near the end. Marks called “Wyrdmarks” appear often in the book but remains a mystery for the majority of it. The novel had quite a bit of mystery in it which I loved. A hint of mystery in any book completes it for me.
Rating: 5 Stars – See my rating system. Despite its flaws (pretty much all books have some, no matter minor,) this book kept me up till 4 in the morning and I really really enjoyed it. Can’t wait to for the next two books to arrive!
Owned: Yes! Amazon required me to buy £10 worth of books to be eligible for free delivery. At that time, I wasn’t planning on getting this book but I needed another £3 to qualify and this book fell perfectly into that gap.
Recommended for: YA lovers, if you like assassins, if you like handsome princes, and if you like awkward romance. Don’t read this if you want blood and gore, you won’t find any.
Have you read it? If so, what did you think of it?