Monday 3 June 2013

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence.

She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. 
Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

  • Genre: Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Romance
  • Age: young adult
  • Source: owned ebook 
  • Read from August 18 to 19, 2012

FINAL RATING: ★★★/★★★★★ + dropped series

I am sad to say that i am quite disappointed . I expected Throne of Glass to be as good as it's prequels : The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire. But no, it proved to be far more inferior to those.

I enjoyed in those four a lot, while Throne of Glass generally bored me. I mean, Sarah J. Maas made it so you practically do not understand if you don't read prequels, which means read the prequels to understand.

The good thing though is that it was written in alternating POVs and it was from third person view. I love those types, because they are so rare in young adult litterature. If it was in first person, i would throw it to the fire and burn it.

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I expected far more to the story and i didn't expect it to be all this: Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free.

I mean, isn't this at least supposed to be till the half of the book, but not whole book? I don't get it. Throw in some assassins who want to kill other assassins which are competing, and throw in a monster that kills them, and there is your story.

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First of all,other extras, especially The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire were fantastic and so interesting.

What i meant to say is this: if Maas put them all together she could have gotten a perfect novel for Throne of Glass. It was more action filled, and more world filled. I just loved them more, which is the reason i dropped one star for it. The other star was for Celaena and boring parts.

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“After a too-long moment, the crown prince spoke. "I don't quite comprehend why you'd force someone to bow when the purpose of the gesture is to display allegiance and respect." His words were coated with glorious boredom.”

I was wondering the same xD


Celaena :

Celaena is the worlds most notorious assassin. But when she is captured and thrown into dungeon, the only way to get her freedom back is to compete against other assassins and thieves.

She never wanted to be assassin, and her childhood was quite terrible. But then, she had someone, she loved someone, only to lose him... And now, she is left with nothing, except her will to survive.

Celaena was a character i really loved before (in novellas ofc)... But now, she is just another one of those character i don't like at all. I don't understand how she didn't change at all, after all she had been through... it should have affected her a little at least, right? She also became more closed off - a thing which i didn't like because it made me go crazy. I understand her position and everything, but there was no need to be that closed off. But overall, she is strong, sarcastic , overly confident in her abilities and skills, completely and utterly arrogant and overly proud assassin.

Prince Dorian and Captain Chaol Westfall :

Prince Dorian never wanted to be a prince... He was more relaxed type, only wanting to read and never fight... Dorian is everything prince should not be. He doesn't have any self confidence to stand up to his father, which makes him a coward. But overall, he is quite kind character.

Captain Chaol Westfall is the one who gripped my attention. A hardworker, honorable warrior and quite a figther, he never once ceased to amaze me.

Prince Dorian and Captain Chaol Westfall were not so bad, but the love triangle with all of them didn't work out for me. Mostly because Dorian is attracted to Celaena only because he can't have her and mostly because she is attractive to him, while Chaol had chance to develop the relationship between Celaena...(even with all of his negative opinions of her and because he doesn't trust her. Which is a great plus from me). And which made it more interesting.

They were decent love interest but if i could choose, i would choose Chaol, because he deserved it. Although i wouldn't be surprised if she picked Dorian because he is a prince. 

Unless Chaol does something unforgivable, i am rooting for him.

basically how i felt about couples in Throne of Glass.

Everyone else :

Celaena's relationship with Nehemia was interesting, but not enough. She never held my attention and i don't even know what to think of her.

I miss Sam, and even that bastard Arobynn, but they had more depth than anyone else in this series. And what i wonder the most is why Celaena isn't raging and trying to avenge Sam? And i need that SOB Arobynn to suffer as much as possible.


The point of the book is quite simple and i don't know why i expected deeper plot or something great. This series has such a potential, and it would be a shame to be destroyed by shallow plot and decent characters. Here i hope second book will prove far more better than the Throne of Glass and be as good as prequels. Because if not, i will be sad to drop it.


Definitely dropping this series. 6 books is too draging for me, if it was left as trilogy i would have finished it.

Seriously, this book is one.


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