Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a young adult fantasy novel that kicks off a series of the same name. Celaena Sardothien is the most accomplished assassin in Adarlan – she is even a household name. After having been caught and surviving a year in an unthinkably horrible death camp, Celaena is taken back to the capital city with Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall. With a chance to finally win her freedom, she must compete against other renegade “Champions” and prove that she is deserving of becoming the King’s most powerful weapon.
“You could be different,” Elena said quietly. “You could be great. Greater than me–than any of us.”
Celaena opened her mouth, but no words came out.
Elena took a step toward her. “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
I grew to love Celaena over the course of this story. There are times where she can be a bit whiny or vain, but she is an eighteen year old who never had time to just be young. Throughout everything she faced growing up, and everything she faces during the competition, she stays true to herself. Her freedom and her personal code of honor remain of the utmost importance.
Regarding Celaena’s badassery and her apparent reputation: You know how some novels tout the fighting prowess of a character but fall completely flat when it comes time to portray an actual fight scene? That didn’t happen here! When Celaena’s skills make an appearance, they impress (at least they impressed me), even in scenes where she is forced to downplay her abilities. Maas knew how much action to include to keep the story exciting and build Celaena up without overdoing it.
Celaena straightened her spine as she stepped into the ring. She quickly bowed to the king, then to her opponent.
She met Grave’s stare and smiled as she bent her knees, holding the staff in two hands.
You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into, little man.
I also loved the world that Maas created. She wove it into the plot lines seamlessly, and upon finishing the book, I’m dying to know more about Erilea. I especially want to know more about Nehemia and her country.
Love Triangle Warning! This series definitely has one, and it seems to be the kind with two excellent men, and a woman who obviously cares deeply for them both. Someone is bound to have their heart broken.
I’m usually very wary of love triangles. I hate agonizing over the third-wheel’s heartache and it always feels like unnecessary anguish. In Throne of Glass, however, I didn’t mind it so much. I think the difference was that this is not a story about a woman falling in love. It is about a woman fighting for her freedom, learning how, and whom to trust, and enjoying experiences she never thought she’d have again. For that, I am team Celaena all the way. We’ll see if the rest of the series brings on the anguish…
All in all, I am eager to pick up Crown of Midnight and continue the story. I wasn’t ready for this one to end and I’ve got to see where Maas is going to take things from here. I may or may not also be itching to find out if we see Mox again down the road…