|Author||Sarah J. Maas|
|Series||Throne of Glass|
|Date Released||2 August 2012|
Falling back to another favorite – Throne of Glass by the amazing Sarah J. Maas. Many people, it seems, have read either A Court of Thorns and Roses or Throne of Glass, and in my opinion, both deserve to be thoroughly enjoyed. Side note: I’ll be posting every other day for now.
Quick intro: Celaena Sardothien, formerly the most well-known (but not seen) assassin in the empire of Adarlan, has spent the last year as a slave in the salt mines of Endovier, where most survive only months, as punishment for her crimes. The Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, retrieves Celaena from the mines to be Prince Dorian’s champion in a bloody competition to become the King’s Champion (the fighter that does the dirty work for the kingdom’s leader). While she spends time in the palace, under an assumed name (no one knows a teenage girl was the country’s most feared assassin), she investigates the origins of mutilated bodies found in the castle.
Celaena was born in Terrasen, but about a decade ago, the king of Adarlan invaded Terrasen, burned its legendary libraries, killed its royal family, and enslaved many of the common people. Celaena must fight for her freedom from Endovier but winning also means serving the king who broke her homeland.
Celaena is polarizing, with fearless swagger, a love of books and music, and a talent for deceit (and murder). However, she inspires fierce loyalty in the friends she makes, who support her in her battles.
I loved Celaena’s bravery and her complete lack of concern for how others see her. Sarah J. Maas is very good at creating very unapologetic, flawed, yet strong female protagonists. Celaena is unexpected and fierce, and it was a lot of fun to cheer her on and read her hilarious comments and try to figure out the mysteries of the castle along with her.
The series only gets better after this first book in the series, where we’re introduced to elegant Prince Dorian, loyal Captain Chaol, determined Princess Nehemia of Eyllwe (who becomes very good friends with our favorite assassin, to the horror of most of the court), and Celaena (read it, she’s impossible to do justice in a few words). Again, like A Court of, Maas’s other series, keep reading if the first book doesn’t fully float your boat.
Totally recommend the series! In my opinion, I think Throne of Glass should be read before the prequel novellas in Assassin’s Blade, so you get an idea of what the characters are like. At least read Assassin’s Blade before Empire of Storms. I read AB after Queen of Shadows, and it was nice to make the connections between Celaena’s past and present. I’m going to work my way through reviewing this series.
Sorry for the late post, I haven’t been feeling well.
“Your father ordered that I was to be kept alive for as long as possible – to endure the misery that Endovier gives in abundance.”
“You’ll be sweating when I skin you alive and squish your eyeballs beneath my feet,” she muttered, picking up the rapier.
She never had many friends, and the ones she had often disappointed her. Sometimes with devastating consequences…”
“You’re a girl?”
“Surprising, I know. Everyone thinks I’m older.”