Thoughts: Yet another book that has been gaining popularity in the book community and, being a fan of the fantasy genre, I felt I had to read it. This book did however come out in 2012 so I’m a little late to the party but that’s okay, right? This novel deserves the hype and I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it.
Goodreads Summary: 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.
First of all, can we just acknowledge the fact that Sarah J. Maas created one of the best female characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. She wasn’t at all soft and she would kill anyone with a hairpin if she had too. The amount of character development that occurred was refreshing and the main character felt real. A definite favorite. As for the other characters, I liked most of them. There were a few times where I wanted to punch some of them, but it’s okay. If a book doesn’t stir up your emotions, what fun would that be?
The romance in this book leaned towards a love triangle and I know that most of us can’t stand them. I’m with you. I was pretty quick to decide who I liked more, so I got a little frustrated. I have heard that the second book doesn’t have a love triangle. Thank you! Honestly, I think that if this book didn’t have the triangle I would have given it a full 5 stars. – Anyway, the relationship that Celaena had with the Captain was realistic and I couldn’t help but absolutely love their dialogue. You can tell whose team I’m on.
I’ve heard this book be compared to the Hunger Games, but I found myself not even thinking about that while reading. There may be a few similarities but they’re small and I don’t even see the benefits in comparing the two stories. They both are wonderful and they shouldn’t be analyzed so harshly.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and I will be reading the second book. (Already out.) Throne of Glass had wonderful characters, amazing world building and this story was packed with thrilling action that keeps readers on their toes. It was in no way perfect, but if you are a fan of fantasy, this is a must read! I thought it might be good idea to mention that there are multiple novella’s out via e-book that are worth reading. If you want more of the world and back story. I highly recommend you read those too.
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- Review: Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas) (studentspyglass.com)