17 Oct 2015

Review - Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads synopsis:

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 four 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.

My experience with Throne of Glass:

I have been worried about starting this series all year. After being constantly bombarded with beautiful edits on Tumblr, and stunning reviews all over Instagram, I picked the first three books up on sale. All three for $30, how could I not? With my ever growing TBR and the fact that I'm buying books must faster than I'm reading them, I stuck them on my shelves and tried to push them out of my mind. It's not that I didn't want to read them, fantasy is one of my favourite genres, but I was so worried that I wouldn't like them and I'd be forever stuck in a world of disappointment that I just put them off. WHAT THE HECK WAS I THINKING? Excuse the caps, but really. I fell in love with this book within the first few chapters, the sass of Celaena was outstanding, and I was quickly introduced to some pretty stunning characters.

Whenever I read the first book in a high fantasy novel, I always take my time with it, only reading a few chapters at a time. I need to give myself a chance to absorb a new world and really understand what is going on. Throne of Glass certainly did not make that easy for me. I wanted to devour the novel in a matter of minutes, but luckily, I had ARCs and other tasks to keep me away from it.

All I have to say about Celaena is: badass. That's it. Celaena has quickly become one of my favourite female characters. I've read a lot of reviews saying "she's too caught up in her looks" and "we get it, she's beautiful" but that's one of the things I love about her. She is beautiful, she is concerned with fashion and her looks, but she's a freaking badass assassin who could take you down in 0.2 seconds (if you're lucky). I don't think that Celaena being an assassin should take away from her femininity, which is apparently what a lot of readers expected (and wanted) to happen. I understand that her line of work is very messy and gory, but that doesn't mean that Celaena can't be feminine. I admired her for it. Not only is she beautiful, but she's in love with books, which means for most of the bookworms reading the series, that she's already won the hearts of many. Celaena is far from perfect, but I'm kind of in love with flawed characters, because show me a human in the world that doesn't have some flaw. Along with her intelligence, strength, and wit, definitely becomes part of the "Strong Female Lead" category that is so important for many readers.

Throne of Glass contains everything I've ever wanted in books. Strong characters, great friendships, a bit of romance (okay, more than a bit, but it wasn't overwhelming, you know?), magic, heroism, bad guys, more bad guys, and an outstanding female lead. I've seen many Sarah J. Maas quotes out there, they're all over merchandise, in many captions on social media and have been some Facebook status updates as well and I can completely understand why. Maas has a very entertaining and beautiful writing style that captured my attention from day one and has completely sucked me in. I think I will be a lover of this series for many years to come.

I would recommend Throne of Glass to readers who love fantasy with a beautiful and strong female lead. It's a book that I've recommended so much, that now even my mum has decided to get the eBook and give it a go. I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars (★★★★★)

Where you can find the book:
Book Depository // Amazon US // Amazon UK // Amazon Australia // Barnes and Noble

About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Keeping up with the author:

Website // Goodreads // Pinterest // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter 

I hope you enjoyed this review of Throne of Glass and consider picking it up some time soon. On the 8th of November I'll be lucky enough to be meeting the wonderful Sarah J. Maas at a book signing that I am incredible excited about. A blog post will follow, I'm sure.

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