Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc.
Genre: (YA) Fantasy Fiction
Number of Pages: 406
Synopsis on the Cover:
In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be 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. And a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle- 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.
Stars from Goodreads– 4.21
My Overall Recommendation– Absolutely incredible. Cannot recommend this book (and entire series) enough. Every single detail from this book series was crafted so precisely that it all ties together beautifully in the end. This series was life changing for me, and I will never stop suggesting people read it.
Other books by the same author: The Throne of Glass Series (The Assassin’s Blade [prequel], Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, Kingdom of Ash), A Court of Thorns and Roses Series, The Throne of Glass Coloring Book, A Court of Thorns and Roses Coloring Book, Crescent City (House of Earth and Blood #1)
What is it about?
An imprisoned assassin has the chance to win her freedom, if she’s willing to fight for it, and die for it if necessary. Celaena Sardothien is the notorious Adarlan’s Assassin, and she’s been enslaved for over a year now. Can she stomach fighting for the man who is responsible for so much death and destruction? Can she even survive the evil roaming the kingdom long enough to find out?
The Good, The Bad, and the Magical
Magical– EVERYTHING. There are not enough good things that I can say about this book, or about this series. The main character is feisty, strong, willful and hilariously cynical. Minus the killing people thing, she would be an excellent role model for any girl looking to grow up to be a kickass woman.
Good– Character portrayal and character development. Every character, major or minor, has a unique role within the larger story. It’s not just Celaena that the plot line focuses on. Maas intricately weaves the threads of every character arc within each other so precisely that the overall narrative could be told from any of the viewpoints and still have the same impact.
As you may have gathered from my previous reviews, I LOVE a strong lead character (especially a female lead), although I do not like it when authors rely solely on their main character to carry a novel through. This magnificent work stands alone, and the contributions of Celaena, while great, could have been excised from the series and still the series is a knockout.
Good– The elemental balance. My favorite aspects of a fantasy novel are 1) MAGIC. If the story doesn’t include magic, it can still be great, but it’s not true “fantasy” to me. 2) Romance. Any good fantasy novel should have at least a hint of romantic interest (notice, I say a hint- it does not have to be a romance novel, that wouldn’t be in keeping with the fantasy theme either). 3) Adventure. If the entire plot is centered in one location, there should at least be a spiritual adventure that the author takes us on, otherwise, what’s the point? 4) PLOT TWISTS. I’m not saying that every novel needs a “Luke, I am your father” moment (did I mention that I was a nerd?), but if anyone reading the story can figure out how it’s going to end, that’s not a good enough story. Throne of Glass is a masterpiece and Sarah J. Maas could teach a master class in balancing each of these elements within an overarching story.
Good– The relationships. Friendships, family relationships, acquaintanceships, and romantic relationships all play important themes within the plot. Even the ones you don’t see coming (especially the ones you don’t see coming). For the sake of no spoilers, I’ll leave it at that.
Good– The writing. This novel is advertised as Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, but it could honestly be advertised as adult fantasy just as easily. The complexity with which this entire universe is created is beyond expert, and exposure to this series has made me a believer in absolutely anything and everything else that Sarah J. Maas has written.
I could go on and on about this series and how beloved it is to me. I discovered Throne of Glass at a difficult time in my life, and I consider myself so lucky to have been able to read it, and to now have the opportunity to encourage others to read it as well. I can’t really say much more without giving away some big spoilers, but stay tuned for my reviews for the rest of the books in the series- I’ll offer up some juicy secrets (and post plenty of SPOILER ALERT notices) from further down the rabbit hole.