The reviews for Throne of Glass are divided, but I’m in love.
There are currently five books in this series, with the sixth scheduled to be released in September 2016 (yay!) and for the last four years, these books have been my obsession.
I read them all at least twice a year, and the beautiful storyline, relationships and emotions continue to amaze me. If someone asks me for a fantasy based novel, the words “Throne of Glass!” pop out of my mouth without hesitation.
Many people who read this genre don’t connect with the book because the main character is a strong female. Oh no, not a heroine! Honestly, I’ve read so many other reviews about this book that all give it an unjust rating just because they don’t love the main character, Celaena. It’s like their opinion of her in the first few pages makes or breaks the book for them.
Do not be discouraged. The beginning of the book is a bit slow, but it quickly picks up into an epic story that will grip you until the every end. Throne of Glass is filled with magic, or lack thereof in this case, Kings and Queens, the Fae race and assassins.
It’s one of those books that you start reading and suddenly it’s eight hours later and you’ve been in an another world completely. You’re hungry, thirsty and you need to pee, but you don’t care, because the book is just so good and oh my god you can’t believe that just happened!
Throne of Glass is a tale of betrayal, love, failure and revenge. Sara J. Maas has managed to write something that will enthral you and then tear your heart out on the next page.
I love the characters, I love the writing, I love the dark humour that you can’t help but chuckle at. Perhaps it’s only fault is that in typical YA style, it has a fast-paced love triangle. But don’t let that stop you from reading this series, because it’s not a Twilight kind of love triangle.
You will laugh, you will feel angst, you very well may cry. But do yourself a favour and add this book (and the series) to your to-read list. This series takes fantasy to a new level.
Assassin Celaena Sardothien is imprisoned in a slave camp and forced to serve time for her crimes. A year later, she is dragged before the Crown Prince of Adarlan and asked to be his champion in a competition to find the next royal assassin.
The contest is being held by his father, the King – someone who Celaena loathes to her very core. Say yes and she can win her freedom; say no, and it’s back to the camp – and likely death.
A promise of her freedom in exchange for four years of being the King’s dirty puppet makes the decision easy to make. Celaena trains and competes against the chosen champions of the other champions, trying to focus on the revenge she can extract after she wins, though often distracted by the attentions of both the Prince and the the captain of the guard.
But competitors start to turn up dead, and court life for Celaena is not without it’s compromises or temptations. As she investigates the deaths, she discovers more than she ever bargained for and her true destiny is revealed.
Favourite quote: “No. I can survive well enough on my own – if given the proper reading material.”
Perfect place to read: in a hammock anywhere in the world
If this book were a food: a delicious ice lolly staining your mouth rainbow colours
Have you read any of Sara J. Maas’s novels? Do you have any other fantasy book recommendations?