The book is of Celaena Sardothien, an 18-year-old assassin from the kingdom of Adarlan in the land of Erilea. She was raised to become a killer, learning all the skills that she needs from the hands of the best in the land until she was considered the best, notorious and most vicious assassin. She enjoyed living in anonimity until she was betrayed and captured by the ruthless and wicked king who rules the kingdom. She was sent to the salt mines of Endovier for hard labor for the rest of her life. The books starts as she accepts an offer from the crown prince, Dorian Havilliard, to represent him in a tournament in the capital city of Rithfold that will determine the king’s next personal assassin or the King’s Champion despite the psychological struggle that she feels towards the serving the King. And the catch? If she’ll succeed and she proves herself as the mightiest in the glass castle of Adarlan, she just has to serve four years then she’ll have her freedom but if she fails, she will be thrown back to Endovier and live the rest of her life there as a slave.
The book then follow’s Celaena’s journey as she trains and fights for her freedom against 23 other lackeys, a mixture of criminals, thieves and assassins, of the other nobilities in the palace, as she fights the past that haunts her in her dreams, as she fights the external forces that doesn’t want her to succeed and as she fights her growing feelings for the crown prince and the captain of the guard and trainer, Chaol.
The plot even more thickens as when Celaena realized that everything will come easy, the other warriors started dying mysteriously. She realized that there is a savage force lurking within the castle that she needs to kills fast before it kills her first and destroy the balance of their world.
The author also created a world so vivid and rich. She takes readers to a medieval-style world where magic was banned, where a simple utterance or practice of it means death. The castle’s halls, secret tunnels and corridors became the playing field of lies, deceit, intrigues and conspiracies with mysterious forest and mountains serving as the backdrop. The plot is thick with twists and turns with a lot of exciting subplots that played out well with themes that ranges from slavery, gender roles, political issues and societal balance. The book has the right amount of drama, suspense, humor and action.
The author created a unique set of characters, Celaena primarily. I haven’t read a book about an assassin who always fuss about what she looks like. Aside from adoring books (which is a super plus point for me), concealed deep in her bravery as a warrior is a a girl who shows interest in attending court balls and parties, who has an eye with fabric and gowns. That for me makes her a likable character. She’s this witty, arrogant and stubborn character but you will love how she’s a very capable woman able to face her problems head-on. She has shortcomings and flaws but but all those prevented her character from becoming one-dimensional. Chaol and Dorian’s opposing distinct personalities also added life to the book. Dorian, being the crown prince, is this vocal and happy-go-lucky while Chaol, as expected from a Captain of the Guard, is this stict and reserved guy who contemplates first before saying something. I also have to commend how the author presented the love aspect on the book. It’s not the usual love triangle that is present in almost all of YA books out there that annoys readers. I like how it was not the main focus of the book and how it paved the way for the plot to thicken and for their characters to grow.
The book has this perfect pacing and the author left no space for readers to stop reading it. I like how the book is structured in a way that you know how it will end but still your curious how will it end. It is not rushed. The book has this immersing atmosphere making it hard to let go of the book and I found myself flipping thru the pages even in the wee hours of the night. It is understandable that the book will leave you having a lot of questions when you’re finished reading it. It means that it’s done it’s purpose being a first book and there are a lot of time for the plot and the characters to grow more in the next coming books. I like that the author didn’t dwell so much on Celaena’s saving the readers some thing to look forward too.
“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
The main point of view is told trough Celaena’s but with bits of Dorian’s and Chaol’s giving readers to see their perspective, get to know them and understand their importance in the story. As the characters developed we also get to see how there character becoming more complex. Switching the POV’s added dimensions as we get to understand their thoughts, insights and behavior. It’s not hard to connect to the characters. The author is successful in bridging the emotions of the characters and connecting it to the readers making them more relatable.
The tournament part of the book is one of my favorite part. I like how the author used it for readers to explore Celaena’s character. From archery, scaling walls and poison identification, I like how Celaena showed her different personality and dealt with her opponents. I just felt like the challenges could use a little bit of extension because it has a lot of potential of becoming a very entertaining read. A play-by-play of the challenges would’ve added a little excitement to the book. Though, I like how it became a backdrop to the seemingly sinister-y and mystery feel of the book.
Some question how the book fell short in it’s world-building but for me, how the author presented it is just enough for the readers to be introduced to the world that she created. This is just the first book and there are still a lot of rooms for the next books to fully expand and explain the world.
Throne of Glass is one of the most hyped up book at the moment with a lot of people raving about it and it somewhat lived up to that for me. This book is on my list of 16 books that I am excited to read this year and I am glad I ave finally finished it, not to get it over with but because I enjoyed it.
I recommend this book to everyone. Not just because of the characters, the plot and twsit or action but because of the message that it sends to its readers. The book talks about freedom and courage. Freedom to do what you want amidst the forces that wants to control you and the the pressure of the people around you and finding courage to do things amidst the doubts and fears that you feel. I like how the book’s theme clashes and triumphs over the desire of power and control of the antagonists. The determination despite the hardships of the characters in the book is commendable.
Overall, Throne of Glass is an amazing start to a series. I’m very much excited to see the routes that the book will take. I’ll definitely continue on with the series.
Five stars out of 5.
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Part of a Series: Series
Release Year: August 2012
No. of Pages: 432 pages
And yes, Sarah J. Mass will be visiting the Philippines this coming March 13, 2016. I can’t wait to meet her and have my books signed. Thank you National Bookstore! 🙂 Here are the details for her visit.