Thursday, 21 July 2016

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas


Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Published by Bloomsbury
Released August 2012
406 Pages
Paperback

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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. 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.




Thoughts

I have only recently discovered Sarah J Maas after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses a few weeks ago. After reading that and loving it I knew I had to read more of her work! When I found her first published book Throne of Glass in my local library I picked it up straight away and was really excited to read it.

Celaena Sardothien is an 18 year old assassin who was betrayed and sentenced to work in the salt mines of Endovier for the rest of her existence. However, a year into her sentence she is given a lifeline. If she wins a contest to become the king's champion on a four year contract she will then be granted freedom. Celaena is up against thieves, other assassins and warriors from across the empire, but determined to win her freedom she doesn't let that frighten her. That is until contestants start turning up dead. It is then up to Celaena to figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim herself.

If I'm going to be honest the first 100 or so pages were slightly boring and I had to fight the urge to stop reading, which I really didn't want to do as I hate leaving books unfinished. However, soon enough the pace of the book picked up and I soon became indulged in the story. The plot and story itself was rather interesting to say the least. I'd never read a book about an assassin before and enjoyed reading about how Celaena got into the profession and why she did what she did. There was a lot of suspense within the book and at times even I got scared about what was going to happen. It added depth and atmosphere to the story and was probably one of the reasons I kept reading. As with most YA books there was a love triangle mentioned, which I wasn't sure added anything to the plot. In my opinion I think it was just put there for the target audience. It also moved rather slow and started to irritate me slightly.

I usually love the heroines in other YA books that I have read, but I had a rather hard time liking Celaena. I found her to be full of attitude and sass and she was quite rude, although I could partly understand why. I also felt like she used her beauty to her advantage and this may be why she got her own way most of the time. I also didn't want all the characters she encountered to fall for her charms, but they did which did annoy me also. Despite this I did enjoy her relationship with Nehemia, as it was good for her to have a friend to fall back on. Her relationships with Chaol, the captain of the guard and Prince Dorian were slow burners and at times I got a bit bored of it. Like I said, I felt like the romance added was just for the intended target audience.

Throne of Glass despite it not being as good as I was expecting was still a pretty decent read. I loved how it kept me in suspense and I loved reading about the magic and the mystery of this world that Sarah J Maas created. I will continue reading the series as I'm hoping it will get better.

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Author Bio

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of FireQueen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and its sequel A Court of Mist and Fury. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. 


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