Throne of Glass
author : sarah j. maas
pages : [hardcover] 404
memorable quote : Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.
favorite characters :
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
I really liked Throne of Glass and can’t wait to read book two in this series!
I would like to point out that some people will be very annoyed by the love triangle in this book. Thankfully I was able to look past it at the moments when it was most frustrating to me, so that I could think about Celaena being a bad-ass assassin or the mysterious murders instead of the really ridiculous moments when the characters would contemplate their passion (or lack of) toward one another. I really feel like the entire book could have been told from Celaena’s point of view; it seemed like the only reason the novel would randomly switch over to Captain Westfall or Prince Dorian would be so that either man could closely consider his intimate feelings toward her. Not so we could see further investigations into the murders, or the intricacies of governing the country that I’m assuming Dorian is supposed to be learning.
Speaking of the murders, one small fact that really irritated me was how long it took the captain of the guard to realize that the deaths of two contestants both killed in the same way were related. Um, what? Wouldn’t that be the immediate assumption, when the victims are related and killed in the same violently unusual way? Captain Westfall is absurdly young for his position (I was able to overlook that because I liked his personality, but I was waiting for some explanation as to how he was promoted so early in his career…) and yet he doesn’t seem to be very good at this job.
Celeana was awesome. I loved how she could be considering three ways to easily kill someone one moment and worried about her dress and hair the next. It was refreshing to see a heroine who is entirely capable of fending for herself (or ruling the world, really) but still does stereotypical ‘girlish’ things like looking after her appearance and flirting with men. She isn’t a woman who claims not to be pretty when everyone surrounding her speaks about how beautiful she is; Celeana knows that she looks good and she owns it.
Honestly, I really enjoyed how much banter there was in this book. It really showed a fun dynamic between the characters, breaking up the more serious parts of the book. While I think that the ending would have been less jarring if some of it were hinted at earlier in the novel, perhaps in replacement of one of these bantering conversations, it worked well enough to have me eager to read book two!
I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action, fantasy, and good characters.