Thursday, August 16, 2012

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Hardcover: 416 pages
Published: August 7th 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Recieved: eGalley via Netgalley | ARC via Alexa
Series: Throne of Glass #1
ISBN: 1599906953 

ISBN13: 9781599906959
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.

Writing a review for Throne of Glass has been the hardest thing to do. This is one of those books that the words I say will never live up to how amazingly fantastic this book was. Everything about it from the characters, world. Everything. So just know, no matter how much I rave about this book, it deserves so much more. Throne of Glass was so beautifully written. Every word flowed together and created this magical kick ass story. The descriptiveness of the world made it so easy for me to imagine it.
Celaena Sardothien is an 18 year old girl. But she is so much more then that. She is a deadly assasian, and she means business. She is strong, determined, smart. Everything that we want our heroines to be! She was not whiny. She never made a whimper. What she would do is slice you up into little pieces given the chance, then possibly go have a ham sandwich afterwards.
She has been a slave for a year, she was sent to Endovier prison, which is not a easy prision, many don't survive past the first few months. So seeing as how she is still going strong is noticeable.
She is there until one day someone gives her a choice. One that she would be crazy for not accepting. But, the thing that she has to do is compete against many others... for her freedom. But she must first work for the king, who is a fearsom man who will stop at nothing to keep magic out of his world, and will not blink an eye to filet someone who steps in his way. But to Celaena that is worth freedom. She never wants to go back to the place she left, but that just might happen.
But there is more to it then meets the eye Celaena will have many decisions to make. But she knows just what she wants. Freedom. & whatever she has to do to get it, she will. Hopefully no one will step in the path of this determined girl.
Underneath it all Celaena isn't just this big bad ass. Ok, she is still that. But, she has compassion, a heart, feelings. She had fears, & doubts. She loved to dress up, and read books. Those are the things that made her more of a character to me, more human, and not just this dangerous assasian.
You all know how I am not a fan of Love Triangles. Right? For some reason for me it worked in Throne of Glass. You have two very likable male roles. Everything about both Chaol (the captain) & Dorian (The Prince). They were both very likable. I enjoyed being able to hear them speak. Small aternating POV's made the story very enjoyable. Knowing their thoughts and their feelings of Celaena from them personally just made everything fall in place. Being able to make a decision between the two men is something that I cannot do at this time. Both had things that I loved. Dorian was very, sweet & charming. Which is surprising seeing as how his father is a cruel heartless man. But Dorian is not. He has a heart, and he will make a perfect ruler one day. Dorian and Celaena seem like they are just so in tune when they are together. But then when Chaol is with her, they have great chemistry as well though he is not so charming, you can see he cares for Celaena. They are both a match, and it can go either way.
The plot was just breathtaking. Honestly, everything about it was beautiful and mind blowing all at the same time. There is mystery woven through out this book. Things Celaena will have to find out. Like about the magic! Is there still magic? Or is it gone completely? There is mystery that lie behind each murder. Everything in this book was intriguing. Throne of Glass left me wanting so much more. Sarah J. Maas has such talent. I cannot wait to continue this series, and any other thing that Maas writes I will read. This is a book you should not pass by.
Throne of Glass is a beautiful, heart-pounding, mystery filled book that has so much more then just that.
You will be so engrossed in this book page after page. I recommend this book to everyone. Even if you are not a fan of High Fantasy, I say still give Throne of Glass a try. I am sure you will not be disappointed that you did.

8 comments:

  1. Great review! Throne of Glass is at the top of my TBR list. I've never really read high fantasy, but it just sounds so good! Lol. Any book that is more amazingly fantastic than this glowing review is a must read for sure! Just need to get my hands on a copy!

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  2. Damn! So glad I'm getting this! :-D So excited!

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  3. I enjoyed this one as well, though, I didn't really like the love triangle. I think I would have preferred a relationship with just Choal. I really liked him. I also really liked the foreign princess (Gah! Forgetting her name at the moment) because she was so clever! I'm really looking forward to book two. :)

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  4. I'm so excited to read this book! I'm glad that both guys in the love triangle are likeable:) I need to get my hands on a copy soon or I will die:O

    -Danna

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  5. Great review Loretta! I absolutely agree with you, no amount of words will be able to sum up this book ;D And You're right the plot was mind-blowing and Celaena was kick-ass >.<! Yah, I noticed the love triangle didn't annoy me as much, and this is the first time i'm stumped in the choosing section, lol, they're both pretty amazing ;D

    Shreya
    Chocolate Coated Reviews

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  6. I really want to read this now! Just bought five new books so I feel I have to read those before I buy this one, but it's definitely top of the to buy list. Excited to read it. Sounds my cup of tea :)

    Tesni
    from tesnireads

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  7. I originally wasn't very interested in this book, but in the past two weeks seeing all of the awesome reviews I am dying to read it now!! Fantastic review chick!!

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  8. I really loved it too and also cant decide which guy she should end up with. They were both great! I cant wait for the next one!

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