Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Received: Bought from Amazon
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.
Review: Assassin books are in, folks! It looks like this genre is starting to become the next big thing and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. The best part is that most of the main characters in these books are female! Books like this one mean strong, independent, and kick-ass female characters. As a female myself I can’t help but love that these sorts of characters get a bit of the spotlight. If you’re looking for a great female character you have to look no farther than Celaena.
This book was very unpredictable, I expected action all the way through. There is plenty of action, don’t worry, but the book had a mystery-like structure to it that I was not expecting. I like being surprised by an author that way. This book has some fantastically creepy moments as well. Think part Hunger Games, part Agatha Christie, with a dash of horror, and plenty of fantasy and action. It doesn’t fit into just one category.
People who follow my reviews know that I am a sucker for good world-building, and this book has that in spades. Good characters and a good plot are nothing without their setting and well put together world supports everything that comes after. It’s like building a house and the world is your foundations. A well formed world gives your story strength like a house with a strong foundation.
People familiar with my reviews also now how I feel about love triangles. If you don’t know I find them lazy and just bad writing. For the most part. As with everything, there are exceptions. This book is one of them. One of the reasons that love triangles bother me so much is that stories that use them do so for conflict. They need the love triangle to create the major conflict of their character’s story. This book does not need the love triangle to create more conflict, the plot does not rely of that mechanism to function. It’s just one piece of a puzzle rather than the whole thing.
I love this book and I can’t wait to read the next in the series, along with the novella collection. This series has great potential and I hope it meets expectations.
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