Monday, 28 April 2014

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Online Ratings: 4.2 out of 5 stars


Summary from Goodreads: 

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. 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. 

My Opinion:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas is an action packed novel filled with fantasy, mystery and romance. It was a fun, enjoyable read with a lot of suspense which encouraged me to keep reading. There was never a dull point in this book as each scene was easily relatable too and later becomes a main aspect in the novel. Throne of Glass followed a love triangle between Celaena the Assassin and two close friends, Chaol the Guard and Crown Prince Dorian. I loved how the romance played out and was not forceful. This book had a lot of character development and a well explained world. Creating a world in a fantasy novel can be quite hard if you do not explain the purpose and the making but Maas did an amazing job as she used an unique writing style. She also created a strong, main protagonist with whom readers fell in love with straight away. I am not really a big fan of a novel told from the 3rd perspective but this novel changed my mind on that opinion. The novel would alternate between different characters sharing each of their opinions with the readers and each point of view would be shown in a single chapter. This technique is very hard to use but Maas did an excellent job which helped us to relate to each character. Overall I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy fantasy, mystery and adventure. 


Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas is an excellent book in the genre of fantasy. The novel revolves around a 18 year old named Celaena who is an assassin. I love the character of Celaena as she is one of the strongest female protagonist I have read about and she proves that girls can be independent. Celaena is a strong, brave character who believes she is stronger than men but throughout the novel she also shows her "feminine" side. This side was shown through the romance and also that she loves going to balls and dressing up in fancy dresses. Celaena is a multi-dimensional character who is a good role model for teenagers. The next two characters we meet are Prince Dorian and Guardian Chaol. Prince Dorian is the sponsor of Celaena throughout the test to find his father, The King, a new royal Assassin. His character has a good sense of humour but is also quite serious. It is later shown that he has feelings for Celaena. I believe the best character growth was represented in Chaol's character. From judging and not trusting Celaena he learnt to overcome that she might do something wrong and trust her. At the end of the novel he even kills her enemy, Cain, which risked his career and nearly got him thrown into jail. Chaol has a strong and loveable personality whose story reaches out and touches the heart of every reader. The setting and old myths/ legends were well explained through out the novel and a myth later became the main aspect of the novel. Cain's character was growing stronger by the days and also everyday a new Champion would die. This mystery was left for Celaena to discover and when she did she could relate to an old myth. The fantasy world Sarah Maas built in this novel was phenomenal and I don't believe she could have done it any better. The complication of the mystery of all the Champions was an amazing suspense and mystery added to make this novel even better. And the resolution to these problems was an Ancient Language. I loved how unique the resolution was and also how it became known to readers. The suspense that lead up to the end was an encouragement for readers to keep reading the novel. As stated in the "My Opinion" section of this review, I recommend Throne of Glass to any bookaholic who likes mystery and fantasy. I rate this book a 5 stars out of 5 as I could not identify any faults in this novel. I congratulate Sarah Maas for writing such a fantastic book and an interesting story. 

- Erisha <4 

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