Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Hello readers,


My last book review was on Sarah J. Maas’s highly anticipated new book called A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES which comes out May 5th (Make sure you pre-order this book! When you pre-order A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, you will receive special book swag from the publisher. The swag includes a bookmark and a temporary tattoo. For more information on how to receive the book swag check it out here). In case you missed the book review, you can read it here. I had briefly talked about Sarah’s other series, THRONE OF GLASS and I thought that didn’t elaborate why this series is incredible. So today’s book review is all about the first book in the THRONE OF GLASS series.

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.

Although I’m going to be talking about the first book in the series, I recommend reading THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE before starting the THRONE OF GLASS series. THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE is a prequel book filled with five novellas. The prequel novel will get you familiar with the world, the characters and will give readers insight as to why Celaena, the main character, is the way she is in THRONE OF GLASS.
While there are several reasons why THRONE OF GLASS was fantastic, I’ll talk about the two big things that stood out to me. One reason was Erilea, the world that the THRONE OF GLASS series is set in. I praise high fantasy writers because of the creativity that goes into world-building. I am baffled at the different character names, city names and country names that Sarah made up. I constantly looked up the THRONE OF GLASS pronunciation cheat sheet which you can check out here. When I was reading THRONE OF GLASS, I was completely mesmerized by the few places Celaena describes. The first book primarily focuses on Rifthold, the city where the King of Adarlan lives as well as where the competition takes place. I am hoping as the series continues, we will learn more about the different cities in Erilea.

The second reason why I loved THRONE OF GLASS is the main character Celaena Sardothien. I love the fact that Celaena Sardothien is incredibly flawed. She is very stubborn, headstrong, arrogant and sometimes vain. I feel that negative personality traits are not highlighted enough in books, especially with the protagonist. Celaena is a different case. She is aware of her flaws but accepts them. I’m not saying that Celaena is unlikable main character, she is. While Celaena is physically strong since she is a trained assassin, she is strong emotionally, mentally and morally. She is very intelligent, brave and passionate. These positive personality traits are what attracts the attention of a foreign princess who wishes to be friends with Celaena as well as the possible love interests. There are also some secrets that Celaena has but does not share them with the other characters including the readers. We just have to continue reading the THRONE OF GLASS series to figure out this mysterious assassin.
I highly recommend the THRONE OF GLASS series to readers who want to read about a strong heroine, a high fantasy series and a thrilling plot. Readers who enjoyed HIS FAIR ASSASSIN trilogy and the GRACELING REALM novels will also love this series.

I also urge you to check out Sarah J. Maas's THRONE OF GLASS Pinterest board. By looking at the pins you may figure out what is in stores for Celaena and come up with guesses for what will happen in the next book (By the way, the fourth book in the series, QUEEN OF SHADOWS will be released in September of this year so make sure you remember to have a bookplate signed by Sarah! Bookplates will be sold at the TBF merchandise booth, right next to the Barnes and Noble table.) And to all of you soon-to-be THRONE OF GLASS fans, the somewhat official fandom name is Firehearts. You'll understand why when you read the third book, HEIR OF FIRE.

That’s it for today. Be sure to check out the blog again for more book reviews, author interviews and more!

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