REVIEW: Throne of GlassWednesday, October 21, 2015
"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 exhilarating. 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."
OH MY...MY HEART JUST DIED.
THE FEELS GUYS! THE FEELS!...
I waited for the right time to read this book. And receiving the follow-up books to Throne of Glass last December seemed like a sign. So I picked this one with great anticipation to read. With all the hypes this series got and is still getting, I can't prevent myself from being hesitant to dive into the story. But my excitement overshadowed my anxiety.
Celeana is so full of surprises! She's like fire and ice and rage. She's like the night and the storm in the heart of the sun...Oops! Not the Doctor sweetie, I'm referring to our very kick-ass heroine- Celeana Sardothein. No camparison there between the Doctor and Celeana. That phrase perfectly fits her though. SO MUCH. She's like the epitome of death when she's in total rage- beautiful yet deadly.
Prince Dorian has a vibrant character. He's gregarious, smart and so full of charisma. Somehow, he reminds me of Thorne in The Lunar Chronicles series. In Throne of Glass, Dorian is a puppet of his father. He's afraid to voice out his opinion about his father's brutal dealings with the people. Throughout the story, he's been like that. I can see that he isn't that serious with his position, which is soon-to-be prince. But, in the second book, he'll eventually find the strength to stand up for his opinion.
Choal Westfall. My Choal Westfall. Oh, sweet darling Choal... I am always rooting for the guy with the mysterious past. And Choal is the guy. He's loyal to the King and do his duty well. He has this cold exterior he puts up but actually he's just good in hiding his feelings. And when you get to the part where you'll know what he feels? All I can say is beautiful.
I had so many intoxicated and giddy moments because of Celeana and Prince Dorian's banters and amusement with each other. Oh! It was soo good. The romance in the book is one of the main reasons I was hooked till the end.
Only issue about this book is Celeana's girly passion for elegant gowns and dresses. I mean, c'mon! An assassin surely had lost his/her desire to things such as fancy dresses, right? But then again, I haven't even read about her past, so... no judgement.
Throne of Glass is a wonderful high-fantasy book that offers a kick-ass assassin with a mysterious past and an issue with anger management; a prince that is ever so charming and quite the intellectual type; and a Captain of the Guard that seemed to have a heart of ice but is capable of love. Overall, it's an epic high-fantasy with a dash of swoon-worthy romance; cinderalla-like gowns and fancy dresses; and a bunch of killings and mysteries that will keep readers on edge.
Isn't the cover amazing?! I have read Crown of Midnight already and no doubt, this is one of my favorite series.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Book Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre(s): YA, High Fantasy,
Publication Date: August 2, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
My rating: 4.5/5 stars!