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.
Throne of Glass series, Book 1
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I can’t remember if this is my third or fourth time reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, but I could read it over and over again, each time finding new things to love and new things to break my heart.
My original plan was to re-read the entire series before the release of Maas’ latest installment, Empire of Storms, but I’m woefully behind and am now hopelessly trying to catch up before my first copy gets here – I’ve already ordered two. It’s not a difficult feat considering I can devour each book in one sitting, which I’ve already done with the first this week so far.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas follows the story of Ardalan’s Assassin and former Queen of the Underworld, Celaena Sardothien. In the events leading up to this book (dealt with in the prequel novellas – which you shouldn’t read first if you don’t want to be spoiled for some major plot reveals in the first few books) Celaena was betrayed and tossed into the slave mines of Endovier, until one day the prince needs someone to compete in a competition to be his father’s champion, and who better than the notorious assassin? What follows is supernatural mysteries, secrets and intrigue, with a good dose of action.
The book is paced well, although I might have liked more action and more of Celaena kicking everyone’s ass when she regained her former strength. The characters are well written and intriguing, and each of them who become Celaena’s closest friends will make you love them for different reasons. (This is especially true of Dorian in my case because apparently I have a soft spot for princes with that name).
I’ve seen (for this book especially) in a lot of reviews complaints about how annoying Celaena is, and how much of a “special snowflake” she is made out to be, but what I think a lot of people are forgetting is that Celaena is an 18 YEAR OLD GIRL, who has already been to hell and back multiple times in her life. She’d have to be pretty special to endure the horrors of escaping death at age 8, training to be the most feared assassin by age 17, and then spending a year in a salt mine as a slave where most who end up there don’t make it past a month or two. And that’s before she had to work for an evil ruler she hates to regain her freedom.
I for one actually like that she complains, because it makes her more relatable.
To be honest, I’m probably extremely biased because I’ve loved this series since I first picked it up, which means I tend to either like or overlook any faults others may have with it, but I definitely recommend fans of fantasy and bad ass heroines pick this up.
Quotes & Excerpts
Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.
Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.
“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters. I know what you went through in Endovier. I know what my people endure there, day after day. But you did not let the mines harden you; you did not let it shame your soul into cruelty.”
The princess traced a mark on her hand, her fingers pressing well into Celaena’s skin. “You bear many names, and so I shall name you as well.” Her hand rose to Celaena’s forehead and she drew an invisible mark. “I name you Elentiya.” She kissed the assassin’s brow. “I give you this name to use with honor, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.’”
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”