If you haven’t yet read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas I don’t know what you are doing with your time. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this series and so I have been a little hesitant to start it. However it surpassed my expectations.
Celaena Sardothien is the most notorious assassin that the land has ever known. A little over a year ago she was betrayed, captured and sentenced to work in the salt mines – a death sentence. She has survived until the opening of this book where the Captain of the Guard Chaol has arrived to give her an choice. The choice to be the champion for the Crown Prince Dorian in a competition set up by his father the King or to stay in the mines and eventually die. Celaena enters as the Prince’s champion as the prize is four years of servitude to the King and then freedom.
Once the competition starts the plot thickens as the champions start being brutally murdered one by one.
The characters in this book are fantastic. They are well developed with witty dialogue that is very humorous. The chemistry between characters is genuine and entertaining to read. There is a lot of variety in the characters. There are dangerous killers, political climbers, royalty and criminals. There are prequel novellas published that give more in-depth details on the characters backstory. Though these should be read after the second book to avoid spoilers.
The main character Celaena breaks a lot of female lead stereo-types that have come about recently. She is an assassin, with other though female leads such as Katniss (The Hungar Games) and Tris (Divergent) I expected her character to be a rough tomboy type but I was wrong. Celaena enjoys the luxury that comes from entering the palace she also uses her love of fashion and her beauty to her advantage in the story. It was a nice change to what I had come to expect of her.
The fantastical world in which this book is set is beautiful. For some reason I wasn’t expecting the magical elements of this book. Magic is only hinted at as in this world magic has been outlawed. It is subtle but it is definitely there and enhances the story as it is not a focal point in and of itself.
This book is the first in what will be a seven book series. Currently there are three of the novels published with the next set to be released on the first of September this year. There is also a book of five novellas that take place before the first book is set.
This series is exciting, intense and highly entertaining. It has something in it for everyone, a competitive plot, romance, magic, mystery, danger and an amazing cast of characters. It has won me over with the first book and I personally cannot wait to see where the story goes from here.