2013 Reads: Forty-Six {Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas}

Friday, February 14, 2014

I seriously loved everything about this book.

So much that I have been putting off reading the next book in the series because the third book isn't even close to being out yet. And so much that I don't wan't to rush through the series and have it be over.

I have loved plenty of characters in the past, but Celaena? She is fierce and so, so fantastic.


Celaena Sardothian is an 18 year old assassin; the best assassin Adarlan has ever seen. However, she was captured and has spent a year in the salt mines of Endovier doing hard, grueling work. Most don't survive a few months in Endovier, let alone a year. But Celaena is something different than they have ever seen.

However, things seem bleak for her until Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan, drags Celaena out of the mines and gives her an offer: she can have her freedom if she agrees to compete for the position of the King's Assassin. If she wins she must serve a three year term as the right hand assassin for the king and then, after that, she has her freedom. Celaena agrees and returns to the palace with Dorian as well as Westfall, the captain of the guard.

Her opponents are thieves, assassins, and warriors - the biggest and the baddest that Adarlan has to offer. Over the course of the competition she enjoys her training sessions with Westfall, but is bored by court life. Until one of the assassins is found dead - and not during the course of the competition. Celaena needs to figure out who is responsible for the murders before she winds up dead herself. 


This book is so much more than that description is able to get across.

I knew nothing about this book going into it other than one of those little recommendation plates under the book at Barnes & Noble that said "read this one, you won't regret it." I came back to it time after time when I would wander around the store, would pick it up and put it back down. And then I finally picked it up at the library and read it in a few days. I could barely put it down.

Celaena is one of my favorite leading females that I've read in a long time. She's not not your cut-and-dry heroine. In fact, there are moments when you read this book that you're faced with the fact of why do I like this assassin so much? But that's part of it, I think. She's bad. But she's bad with a reason. A purpose. And she kicks some serious ass. And loves pretty dresses. An assassin that wants to get dressed up and go to the palace balls? Her journey through this story, from arrogant prisoner to someone learning to trust is brilliant. Though, I just wish we got to see more of her ass kicking.

I love the world that Maas has created in this novel. Her ability to weave together the images of the landscape and the castle has left me in love with a fictional world that we haven't explored much. Celaena has an eye of an assassin when it comes to her surroundings, but once she starts to feel at home in the castle? That's when the beauty of this world really comes to life. Celaena has missed the world outside of Endovier and her love of the outside world shines more and more as the story goes on.

And I think I even love the love triangle that's going on here. I'm not even sure that it's a love triangle, yet. Dorian is up front and straight forward with his feelings. Chaol keeps his to himself, to the point that he spends a bit of time denying them. However, I love both Chaol and Dorian equally. To the point that I can't even pick a side of who I'd want Celaena to end up with.

And then we have Nehemia, who might just be the coolest character in this book outside of Celaena. I want to talk to you so much about her character, but I don't want to give anything away about her. Just trust me on this, she's gonna surprise you in the end: she'll be the one character you can't stop thinking about.

There is so much more I want to write about this book, but I don't want to give any of it away. Read this one and then let's talk, okay?


Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, High Fantasy, Adventure
Medium: Paperback, 404pp
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children (7 May 2013)
Date Read: 19 December 2013
Source: Borrowed From The Library!
Recommended For: High School +, Fans of The Hunger Games, Those Who Love A Kick-Ass Heroine 
Challenges: Goodreads,

First Line: After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword point. 
Favorite Line: "You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That's what scares you most."
Last Line: "Tell me tomorrow." [whited out, for spoiler's sake]

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