Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Format: Audio, via Audible
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Description (Source: Amazon):
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
This is the first book in The Throne of Glass series. As you all know, I’m completely in love with the ACOTAR series by Maas (click for my reviews on ACOTAR and ACOMAF). Throne of Glass was good, but not as good as ACOTAR or ACOMAF.
What I liked:–
– Evans was a great voice for Celaena. She has a good range and is able to make the many characters in this books sound distinctive.
– The varying POVs. I hate being left in the dark wondering how someone feels. That’s how the dreaded and overused “misunderstanding” tropes happen. In Throne of Glass we get POV’s from the 3 main characters: Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian. We also get insights from minor characters like the king, Kaltain, and the Duke.
– Celaena is tough as nails. You all know I love a bad ass heroine. Celaena’s character is not your typical fantasy or dystopian female. You know what I mean, the “UGH dresses and frilly stuff? gross. I just want to do what I must to survive”. No, Celaena is all about the frills. She loves clothes and talks about them often. She is also confident in her skill as an assassin. While she doesn’t revel in the thought of how many people she has killed, she also doesn’t let it tear her apart mentally. I appreciate such a diverse character to base the series around.
– Chaol Can I just hug him? This guy better get a happy ending.
What I didn’t: –
– I wish there was a little more spark of romance. Maybe because I just came from ACOTAR I was expecting there to be some.
– I feel like there could have been a little more action, but I understand the first book did a lot of world and character building.
– definitely moving onto the next book and can’t wait for what Maas has in store next.
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