Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub Date: August 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Source: A fellow blogger
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In a sentence or so: A tournament for the King's Champion brings assassin Celaena out of slavery and into the palace for a chance to win her freedom.
When Prince Dorian pulls Celaena out of the salt mines, she's not sure what to expect. Certainly not for him to be drop-dead gorgeous and absolutely not for a chance to win her freedom. All she has to do is win a tournament against the best of the best and not die in the process.
After arriving to the glass castle in Adarlan, Celaena quickly discovers there are dark forces at play. Someone, or something, is killing a champion before each competition. Can she figure out what in the world is going on? And does Celaena have the power to stop it?
It's really hard to sum up this book because there are SO MANY THINGS. There's love triangles and new friends and fantasy elements and dark secrets and intrigue and LOTS OF FEELS.
What most readers will like about Throne of Glass is how easily we slip into Celaena's world. the language is contemporary so it is easy to read crazy fast.
What the experienced fantasy reader might struggle with are things feelint too modern and having so many elements at play at once.
But whatever. It's fun. There's ass-kicking and mystery and kissing in a castle. ROLL WITH IT. I'm ready for the next one, please!
Fave quote: "We all bear scars, Dorian. Mine just happen to be more visible than most." (305 ARC)
Pairs well with: We Found Love by Rihanna. I know. Bear with me.
I had this crazy epiphany when I heard the song on the radio the other day and it all clicked together. The song starts off slow and feels a bit average. That's how I felt with Throne of Glass. I knew people lurved this book but I wasn't getting any butterflies or sweaty palms over it.
Then, like when the beat builds in We Found Love to this epic dance worthy, arm flailing beauty, Throne of Glass blows the doors off and shit gets SO REAL. That's when I knew. I found love.
And also, finding love in a hopeless place = Celaena + Chaol (I ship them. Deal.) What's more hopeless than slavery to being an indentured assassin?
Fix er up: I was bummed we didn't learn more about the other champions. If we're going for epic fantasy, give me all the details.
FTC Notice: I was not compensated in any way for this review. This review is based off of the ARC.
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