Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 7, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Series: Throne of Glass, #1
Source: Paperback, 404 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
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.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Thoughts: Okkkaayyyy so confession: I’ve never read this series. Yeah, I know. As much as I loooove ACOTAR series, I am ashamed that I haven’t gotten to this one yet. I did read The Assassin’s Blade a while back, but for some reason didn’t continue on. But finally, finally, I did it. I started it, and I want to talk about it as I read the series because why not?
These will be spoilery posts, so for those that haven’t read TOG, which is probably no one left but me, I’ll say when spoilers start.
Okay, to start, I’ll say that honestly I didn’t expect to love the first book as much as I did, but I did. Celaena is such an awesome woman MC. She is strong-willed, smart, and hilarious. But she also has flaws, and that’s another thing I love about her. I can’t wait to see how her character grows in the series.
Chaol. Dorian. Man, I love them both so much. I love them for different reasons. I think they’re both really strong characters, and I’m excited to see their growth in the series as well.
The competition did give me some ACOTAR vibes, but not surprised, because SJM. Obviously. But I loved it. For some reason, I really always love competitions in books.
The writing was really good. I found out after reading that SJM thought of this when she was in high school, and that it took a decade to get published. Also that it started as a Cinderella retelling. I couldn’t see that in the story much, but the fact that she was so young is so cool. Her writing is great, even from then!
Overall, really loved it. Cannot wait to continue on!
******SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT******
Okay… so, Chaol and Dorian. I love them bothhhhhh. Right now, I lean towards wanting Celaena with Dorian, but part of me feels like that is going to change. I don’t know. We’ll see.
Man, Kaltain makes me want to punch her straight in the head. She’s the worst. I laughed out loud when the Duke threw her under the bus. Even if they are still conspiring, it’ll do her some good to sit in the dungeon for a bit.
Ugh, Cain. See ya, you won’t be missed.
I always knew Celaena was going to win the competition, but it was still really fun to read.
I also really liked Elena’s appearance in the book.
I want to know how Nehemiah plays into the rest of the story. I loved the girl friendship between Nehemiah and Celaena.
Not too many spoilers, but I wanted to let loose my train of thought. I cannot waiiittttt to read the rest of this series!
Okay, I’m done!
If you’ve read this series, please follow along and chat with me about it! I have a feeling there will be lots to chat about in the next six books!
Thanks for reading! (: