JRYFB – Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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JRYFB – Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

JRYFB – Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pub Date: August 7th 2012
Pages: 404
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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4 Stars

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.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then 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.

Throne of Glass was selected for me to read by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books. I hadn’t realized how much I missed a good historical fantasy story until I started reading Throne of Glass. Alexa, thank you SO much for making this your pick!

 Throne of Glass had so many elements I love in stories like these. It had intrigue, and romance, and a girl who can kick lots of butt! I felt this story was a combination of other great books with strong heroines. Poison Study, Graceling, The Hunger Games…Throne of Glass can join those ranks. The world-building was also very interesting, but I am looking forward to learning more about the magic side of things, hopefully in the next book.

I thought Celaena was an interesting character. She was charming and at times a little childish, but I never got annoyed with her, which was good. I found her very endearing and felt like I would indulge her, like a little sister. She was very smart and skilled at being kick-ass in general. I think I am definitely going to be reading the prequel novellas though, to get more familiarized with her backstory as this books jumps in when she’s already spent a year in “prison.”

This book’s love interests (yes, plural!) were a bit confusing to me for a while. I couldn’t really tell where things were going with either of them. But by the end I was totally on board with one certain one. Team Chaol, where you at?! :D On the one hand, Celaena is really physically attracted to Prince Dorian, but he’s kind of like the forbidden fruit, with her being an assassin and possible the King’s Champion next. While she’s really infatuated with him, Dorian believes himself completely in love with her. And then we have Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. There isn’t really anything romantic between them for a while, but I think this pairing has the substance to last if it does happen. There is respect there, and friendship, and definitely some longing. I look forward to see how their relationship blossoms (hopefully) in the next book.

Throne of Glass was an exciting story with mystery, magic, and romance. It’s also the beginning to what I imagine is going to be an even more intense sequel, and I, for one, can’t wait to read it.

Whose Favorite Books Is This?

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Alexa is one of the sweetest people I have come to know from blogging/twitter. If you are not following her, YOU MUST! Here’s what she had to say about her pick:

I chose Throne of Glass for you to read because it was one of my favorite debuts of 2012 AND it was a fantasy novel (and I happen to love fantasy quite a lot!). Sarah J. Maas did an incredible job with her storytelling, and I had high hopes that you would enjoy reading about Celaena. Plus, I do adore the love triangle in this book (even though we all know that I’m personally rooting for Chaol).

YEAH! Team Chaol in da house!! :D

Where to find Alexa:
Blog: http://www.alexalovesbooks.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexalovesbooks

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7 Responses to “JRYFB – Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. Rie Conley

    OMG! I adore the paperback cover so much.

    This is one of those books that have been on my TBR list for so long, but I simply gotten to it. I’m gonna have to move it up!

    I’m glad you enjoyed it so much.

    BTW, this feature is awesome.

  2. April Books & Wine

    This is a really cool feature, I wish I could come up with something this neat! AND I LOVE THE BLURB AT THE END about the person who recommended it.

    Anyways! I am glad that you liked Throne of Glass, I thought it was a pretty good book as well. Some bits annoyed me, but overall, a good read.

  3. Molli

    ALRIGHT, TEAM CHAOL in the hizzzzzzz-ouse. Yes, I went there for Chaol. I loved how subtle and understated his side of the triangle was – very much a showing and much less of a “tell” IMHO than with Dorian, who I do not trust.

    Otherwise, so so so glad you liked this one, Jess. I really liked the Mc (whose name I can never ever spell) and thought she was delightful, even though I wanted to shake her sometimes. I loved that she was confident – too often people dismiss confidence as being a negative trait, so I liked that about her. She knew she was awesome, but she also had vulnerable moments that made me want to hug her.

    I’m really looking forward to the sequel!

  4. Amy @ bookgoonie

    Glowing comparisons. You’ve got me ready to put this one in the lap line up soon.

    I need to read your next month’s selection too. Can’t wait to hear all the lovelies about it.

  5. Alexa Y.

    I’m so glad that you ended up really liking Throne of Glass! It’s a wonderful debut fantasy novel, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what Sarah has in store for us in the next one.

    (P.S. Chaol ROCKS!)

    (P.P.S. The prequel novellas are WONDERFUL. You really get a glimpse into Celaena’s past!)

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