Title: Throne of Glass (book #1)
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
It feels like everyone has read these books and I’m just joining the fun. Well, I finally did.
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 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.
Well, you can’t say that description isn’t intriguing, because it completely is. I mean, an assassin, hired to be the King’s Champion. Ok, hired is not the right word, but go with it. Celaena Sardothien has been in a labor camp which is known for its cruel treatment towards its residents. Yes, some of those are criminals, but as you learn reading the story, you realize that some of those aren’t. It’s not Celaena’s case though. She’s been an assassin for years, ever since that one dreadful day when the king took everything from her. Now, she has to face a decision she wasn’t expecting at all: to play the king’s games for a while until she gets her freedom or stay in this forsaken place called Endovier.
I’ve had this book for a loooong time on mi iPad. Whenever I was looking for something new to read I saw it and thought “maybe later”. Later came and here I am, writing my review. I really enjoyed reading it, especially since around 50% into the book, things got better. I’m not usually one to drop a book, I really try to give it a chance, so I kept reading, and I’m really glad I did, because if not, I wouldn’t have falling for Dorian… and Chaol. Yes, I KNOW!
If you know me or have read any of my reviews, you know I always pick a team. Always. There are very few stories that the characters were so amazing that I couldn’t decide. And this is one of those. Although, I feel like I haven’t been able to decide because I haven’t spent that much time with them.
Ok so, what did I think?
Celaena. I love her attitude. Like, LOVE it. She’s sarcastic and witty. She always has something to say, no matter the situation. But I get it, that’s just her way to protect herself from others. She’s not one to trust, especially after everything she’s been through, but for some reason, she finds herself trusting small pieces of herself in the people she least expected it. Even though she’s this incredible, badass and well-known assassin… she loves the simple things in life and she enjoys them, as if she were any other girl, which you might think isn’t a good combination, but it totally worked. I mean, she likes clothes, shoes, chocolates and BOOKS. Incredibly, she has a good sense of what’s right and she recognizes the good, when it’s there.
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
Dorian. Aw, Dorian I just want to hug you. Jeez. You are the cutest prince. Yes, he’s a ladies man, but man, that brain and those eyes. I’m completely intrigued by his way of thinking, his need to know more. He’s so much more than what everyone thinks. He’s funny and gorgeous and swoon-worthy and smart. I can’t wait to spend more time with him.
“If they tried to take her from him, he’d rip the world apart with his bare hands. And for some reason, that didn’t terrify him.”
Chaol. What is it about him? Is it the bad/sad mood he has going on? Is it that he’s so quiet? I don’t know what it is, but man, I can’t deny he’s intriguing. I can see the goodness in his heart and it makes it so beautiful and makes me want to know more about him. I want to know everything about him.
The plot. The story itself is interesting and it had a couple of twists I wasn’t expecting, which made the story a lot more intriguing. I’ll admit though, at first it took me a while to really get into the story because it felt a bit repetitive, the conversations, the narrator, everything felt like it was just repeating the same story over and over again. But then, after a while, everything got better. We have history. We have magic, forbidden magic. We have evil kings and evil creatures. And interesting enough, the love story isn’t the main thing. We’re so used to the love drama being the center of everything, that we forget there are other things going on. So reading about something that goes beyond that is refreshing.
Can’t wait to read the second book.