Throne of Glass
By: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Sarah J. Maas has an interesting story about where her idea for Throne of Glass orginated. It began with her pondering what if Cinderella had been sent to the ball to kill the prince rather than to dance with him? She jumped from that idea and developed the story of Celaena, an assassin. You can read more about how the story developed on Sarah Maas’ website. The book is not a retelling of Cinderella though you can see a small hint of the fairy tale throughout.
Summary via book flap:
When magic has gone from the world and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.
But something evil dwells in the castle–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival–and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.
Maas’ story is engaging but I want more world-building beyond the information relevant to Celaena’s story; since this is book one of a series its understandable to have gaps in world history and lore. I’m excited to read more of this world she has started to build. I feel some of the story is bogged down midway as the characters relationships are being developed. Usually, I really enjoy this aspect of a book but I am more intrigued with the action sequences in Throne of Glass since Maas creates such vivid battles.
I find Celaena a contradiction, she seems to live life morally during her stay at the castle, yet she is an assassin. That might of been the point but it just seemed off to me. How could someone kill brutally yet save others and be so kind? She doesn’t seem to carry any guilt, which I would expect by the way she’s described and her actions throughout the story. I find it hard to believe she was ever able to kill. I read on the author’s website that there are four prequel novellas that focus on Celaena a year and half before the events of Throne of Glass. I have yet to read them but hope that some of my questions will be answered. My favorite character is Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. I want to know more about who he is and his past. The Crown Prince, Dorian, was OK but he seemed stereo-typical in many aspects like his fear of his king father, how handsome he is, him being a womanizer but also having a heart of gold. He just lacked anything that really made me pull for him. He’s not dis-likable but I didn’t want to know much more about him. I am intrigued with the Eyllwe princess, Nehemia. I hope that in future books we learn much more about her and her land.
For the most part I really enjoyed this book, I will check out the rest of the series and the novellas.
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