Review: Throne of Glass 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?
Throne of Glass is a young adult fantasy novel featuring Calaena Sardothien a teenage assassin who having been caught is serving a life sentence in the back breaking Endovier salt mines. When Captain Westfall makes a deal with her that she can go free in return for her to fight in a to the death tournament for Prince Dorian.
On the one hand Calaena is a strong feisty character and it was great to see this. She’s a strong fighter, holds herself against her male counterparts, many much older than her. But she’s also quite a stroppy teenager and this doesn’t fit with the picture of the strong assassin we’ve been painted.
The worldbuilding in this novel is good, and the image of the castle is graphic, as the first book in a series we don’t see much of the world beyond the salt mines and the castle. The third world creation with the demons is really interesting and it’s interaction with the real world has been delicately done. Sarah J. Maas has created a magic which fits with her fantasy world.
I particularly liked that the romantic elements didn’t become a big focus and were gently woven into the fabric of the story.
Whilst I knew this was just the first in the series, the tension in the books was sufficient to leave you wondering if Calaena will survive the trials she is entered into and at times she is very badly beaten and it leaves you anxiously wondering if she will make it.
Overall, this book had me glued and could have hit five stars if only for the teenage angst which just didn’t fit the overall picture of Calaena’s character for me. I look forward to reading more of this series and seeing where Sarah J. Maas takes this story.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Magic | Sword & Sworcery
Publication Date: 2 August 2012
Review Format: Paperback
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