Book: Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Mass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Celaena Sardothien is the kingdom's most feared assassin - renowned for her cunning, stealth and (of course) her ruthless killing of her enemies, she seems more myth than person. Little did they know she was just an 18-year-old girl.
After spending a year imprisoned in the salt mines in Endovier, Celaena is given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – stay imprisoned in the mines where she knows she’ll eventually die from exhaustion, or compete in a competition to be the King’s Champion, where, after four years of service, she will finally have her freedom.
Wow. That’s all I have to say about this book. Wow. I knew going into this book that it was going to be spectacular. There’s been so many discussions and fangirl-squeals related to this book and I’m so glad I can finally join in on that squealing!
There wasn’t anything in this book I didn’t enjoy. I loved the characters, I loved the storyline, I loved the world-building, everything!
When your main character is an assassin, you’d expect her to be this cold-hearted brute that killed simply for the pleasure of it and nothing else. Celaena is not this character. Killing is not something she does for the pleasure of it; it’s a job. She makes sure to pick people who deserve to be punished, not innocent civilians. And despite her profession, she’s still your typical atypical 18-year-old. She’s funny, sarcastic, and loves reading and music. And she loves puppies. She knows she’s the best assassin in the competition, but as she spends more time in the castle, surrounded by her mentor and Captain of the Guard, Chaol, as well as the Crown Prince, Dorian, Celaena soon discovers she could be fighting for more than just her freedom.
I loved the relationships she formed with Chaol and Dorian. Unfortunately, it is a love triangle (sigh) but I still enjoyed how she forms bonds with both boys. They’re like chalk and cheese. Dorian is the Prince, and is used to getting what he wants. In this way, he’s a little naïve when it comes to Celaena. He knows she’s an assassin and a relationship between is beyond impossible, yet he can’t stop his feelings for her and calling to her room even if it’s inappropriate.
Chaol, on the other hand, is a lot more responsible and realistic in his feelings for Celaena. He’s very distant with his feelings and wouldn’t risk voicing his feelings, even to himself, as he knows what life is like and you can’t always get what you want.
Celaena forms two completely different relationships with the boys as they’re both so different, but I loved how tentative it was and how they slowly realised that your profession doesn’t define who you are as a person; whether you’re an assassin, soldier or Crown Prince.
This book had me itching to read all the time, even walking up earlier in the morning so I could have extra time to get in a chapter or two! This spell-binding novel had romance, adventure, fantasy and kickass-ery. I can’t wait to read more about fallen kingdoms and magic.