>>> Nº 22 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book that scares you <<<
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
I first intended to fit the Throne of Glass in the Trilogy topic of the challenge, but then I want to leave that for the Shatter Me trilogy, and Throne of Glass is a series and not a trilogy. So where else could it fit? The answer came easily enough: A BOOK THAT SCARES ME. First, it scared me before I started because of its raving reviews, so I was a bit intimidated by it – foolish me! The second reason is the last few chapters, oh boy, I was scared then (see below for why)!!!
Moving on… And beforehand, I apologise for the amount of quotes that I will put on this post and for its length…
How can I put my love for this book in words? I don’t know if I can. This book (and series) have received all kind of hype lately and it’s totally deserved.
Sarah J. Maas created a wonderful world, she describes everything so well, without it getting super boring, that I could actually visualize the whole thing, from Endovier, to their journey to Rifthold, to the glass castle.
The plot is pretty great as well, it’s well placed and alternates well between action scenes and more personal and emotional scenes.
Celaena Sardothien is my new hero. She’s the kind of character that leaves such a mark, that I wouldn’t put it pass me to name my firstborn after her (if I ever intended to have one). She’s such a breath of fresh air! Yes, she kicks ass, she’s an assassin, she fights like hell, she’s tough, and yet, she loves clothes and shoes, and shopping, she loves books and she loves to flirt and she loves to laugh. After everything that she went through, she laughs!
The guys… I’m having such trouble here, I don’t know who I like best.
Dorian, the Crown Prince, is so much fun to read and he’s amazing, he wants to be a man, a king for her, he’s courageous and sarcastic and has so much sass, he also has a long history with women. But he’s so charming and he loves her so much, and he’s willing to stand up to everything to be with her.
Then we have Chaol, Captain of the Guard, Dorian’s best friend, who is so clearly in love with her. He takes a long time long time to trust her, but when he does, he trusts her completely (against his better judgement). I like him so much. And poor guy, he always ends up with the short end of the stick, I lost count to how many times Celaena vomited in front of him… not very charming.
I laughed so hard when she was cramping and Chaol literally ran out of the room when she told him why she was indisposed. LOL! Poor guy. Dorian on the other hand was able to deal with it like it was nothing… so different, and yet both so good and perfect.
The supernatural/magic/fae element definitely has me intrigued and I can’t wait to learn more about Elena and what lies beyond. Also, I want to know the King’s plans.
I thought that the different POVs were an excellent way to narrate the story. I could have done without Kaltain Rompier POV, though I understand its importance for the understanding of the story.
**** SPOILERS ****
This book had me scared! I obviously knew that Celaena would come out of the last dual alive (I already own the other books), but for a moment there I thought she was going to lose and be sent to Endovier again.
Also, I totally understood why she broke it off with Dorian, she hadn’t been free since she was 8, and she didn’t want anything to stand in her way – fair enough. But still, it broke my heart!
Rating: 4.7 Stars