Thoughts on Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass
By Sarah J. Maas
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 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.
"Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."
-Throne of Glass, Chapter 8
The writing in this book was something spectacular. Usually in fantasy books, the writing drags on throughout the whole book, but in this book I felt that it only dragged a little, and that was in the very end. I loved how the writing made the story come alive in my mind, and also made it fly by. This book was unputdownable, and was very fun to read. I was very intrigued and interested in the plot from the very beginning. I also felt that I was almost always surprised with the plot twists, except for the one about the competition, I could see that coming from a mile away.
"Pretending to be a lady doesn't mean you are one."
-Throne of Glass, Chapter 27
I loved loved loved the dialogue. It was hilarious and serious at the same time. I also feel that the conversations really gave depth and more personality to our characters. Overall, I always LOVE dialogue if it is done well, and this is one of those instances when it is done fabulously.
"It seems like you have a soul."
-Throne of Glass, Dorian
I LOVED the characters SO SO MUCH. All of the characters developed so much, not just Celaena, but most Celaena. I loved how sharp-witted and what a bookworm she was. Celaena was also very determined and just a strong character from the beginning, but then she completely changed into someone stronger. Celaena was unpredictable and cunning, while also caring, and yes, having a soul. Celaena is so epic and crafty, and SHE IS A FREAKING ASSASSIN!!! I MEAN HOW OFTEN TO YOU HAVE A PROTAGONIST WHO IS ALSO AN ASSASSIN??? Okay, mini rant over. Celaena is very intelligent, and I loved it when she outsmarted others with her intelligence. I also really found Celaena's backstory to be so so interesting, and I would definitely want to learn more about it.
"Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I'll try."
-Throne of Glass, Chapter 29
I wasn't too connected to the boys in this book, but I did kind of like Dorian. Sometimes I found them to be extremely flat, but other times I found them to be hilarious or to really make a scene. I also really liked the relationship between Nehemia and Celaena. It was a great, strong relationship that you rarely see in YA literature. I just love BFFs in YA books, okay? I think you get the point.
"We all bear scars, Dorian. Mine just happen to be more visible that others."
-Throne of Glass, Chapter 40
I also think that it is important to mention that while this is a fantasy book that should be packed to the brim with world building and action scenes, it also had it's fair share of great cutesy type of scenes. I was not expecting anything to be slightly cute or lighthearted in this book, as our protagonist is an assassin, but Maas blew these out of the water. I don't know what else to say about the cutesy scenes besides the fact that they rocked.
"You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if only you dared."
-Throne of Glass, Chapter 54
I am not going to say that I loved this book, as that would be a lie, but I really really enjoyed it. I loved the characters and how they developed. I really liked the writing, except when it lulled. I found everything to be supetr interesting, and I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers and action adventure lovers alike.