Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Author(s): Sarah J. Maas
No. of pages: 454
Publication date: August 2nd 2012
Date read: May 27th 2018
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
After loving the ACOTAR series, I got very serious about the Throne of Glass series. I also heard people saying that they loved this series even better, so I got really high hopes. Luckily, Maas definitely fulfilled my wishes!
What I love about (good) fantasy books, are the worlds that are built up from scratch. With these books you can get the ultimate escape from this world we live in and Maas always does a great job when it comes to building worlds – it just all fits! I loved getting to know more about Erilea and its inhabitants. Talking about the inhabitants: just like Maas builds wonderful worlds, she also builds the superb characters. Where I normally don’t necessarily love “fierce” female main characters, because with fierceness often comes arrogance, I just loved Celaena! I can’t wait to read more about her and getting to know her even better! Most people who’ve read the Throne of Glass series didn’t really like Celaena in the first book, but thought she got better with each book. So I guess I’ll be head over heels when I continue the series. I also can’t wait to get to know more about Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia and to finally meet Manon (of whom I’ve heard so much on IG!).
Besides fantasy Throne of Glass could also be categorised as a “romance” – another genre I love. Except for when it’s about a love triangle. I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES and I’m so tired of reading about them. I guess it’s just to build up suspense of whom Celaena is going to choose eventually, but I just think it’s dumb. So there’s that.
That was actually the only thing that bugged me while reading Throne of Glass (also maybe the abundance of descriptions that just don’t make any sense. Maas is the ultimate queen of those), but that all didn’t matter that much. I really fell in love with Celaena and Throne of Glass in general and can’t wait to read Crown of Midnight!