Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publication Date: August 2nd 2012
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.
Throne of Glass stole my heart on the first page. We are introduced to Celaena Sardothien, a young assassin. She's arrogant - very arrogant - but has the skill to back it up. She has just endured a year of slavery in the mines when she's offered a way out: a competition to become the King's Champion.
I had expected this to be High Fantasy (which it is - partly), but I didn't expect the paranormal part of the book. After the initial shock, though, I really enjoyed it and immersed myself in it.
One of the best parts of this novel is Celaena. I immensely enjoyed her fun character. She's very arrogant - and I can see why some people would dislike her - and I loved it. She's just one of those characters that almost need their arrogance to make them real. Sure, she was a bit full of herself, but she was such an ass-kicking and awesome character that it can easily be overlooked. I mean, how can you not love someone who says stuff like this:
"Here's a lesson for you, Weaopns Master," she said, stalking past him. "Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I'll bother trying."
The only slight issue I had with her is that she was that good at seventeen. How does one become the world's greatest assassin at seventeen? And pretty much unbeatable, too. However, it's something I can forgive because I was enjoying the novel and Celaena's character so much.
The writing was overall pretty good, but there's one trend of Maas' I noticed:
Oh, how wrong he was!
Oh, how she adored candy!
You see what I'm getting at? There were just a bit too much of these little hiccups in the writing for my taste. The phrase "Oh, how..." just feels a bit fake to me. Besides, would the world's greatest assassin really say that? It's a minor issue, though, and the rest of the writing is solid and flows easily.
The other characters were well developed too - especially Nehemia. Nehemia, Nehemia, Nehemia! She's a black woman from an under-appreciated part of the country, and she was above each and every character in teh whole novel. She's kind, but fierce. She was a good friend to Celaena: she had her back and even trained a bit with Celaena. And damn if that girl isn't powerful and deadly. She's just awesome, and I love Maas for creating a character that consist of two (or maybe three) minority groups and making her the best of all.
The love interests - Dorian and Chaol - were pretty well developed too, and their relationships with Celaena were build up slowly. I even think they speak of 'love', which is a huge plus in my eyes. Dorian seemed to be the main love interest with the story, but I just didn't like him that much. I don't know why, but he was working on my nerves. I preferred Chaol, and I hear he plays a bigger part in Crown of Midnight. I was also very pleased with the ending: (spoilery, so I'll make the text white) Celaena dumps Dorian. Not only was I cheering because I didn't like Dorian that much, but also because she dumps him, not the other way around. And she didn't spend any time moping around, so major props for that!
The biggest flaw of the novel, for me, was the villain. It was painfully obvious from the start who it was. It was even so obvious that I thought Maas was just leading us on a wrong path to make someone very unexpected the villain. Unfortunately, this didn't happen. I was sorely disappointed by that, but that fight on the end at least made up for it a little.
Overall, Throne of Glass is an engrossing novel that features a solid plot, strong characters, and a slowly build-up relationship. It left me craving for Crown of Midnight, which I will read very soon.