Monday, 9 July 2012

Early Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
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Genre: Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: 2nd August 2012
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Adarlan, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition—she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land in a series of set-piece battles in the country’s stunning glass palace. But there is more at stake than even her life—for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future...
My Thoughts
The first thing that drew me in about Throne of Glass, was having the protagonist a strong female heroine.  I love reading books that have a strong female lead and that is exactly what Celaena is.  She is Adarlan's greatest assassin and has been forced to work in the mines like a slave.  She has survived of barely nothing and still manages to not only almost escape, just to try it out, but to also still have her wits about her and be able to kill guards that are highly trained.

When she first meet Chaol things aren't as nice as what they start out as, and she goes from being in mines to being chained up till they arrive at the castle.  My first impression of Chaol was that I didn't like him much for the way he treated Celaena but if you had to capture the greatest assassin you would probably want to make sure they were securely captured and not able to roam free.
When Dorian is brought onto the scene and we get to see the real Chaol then I started to change my mind about him, and slowly started to like him along with Dorian.  Whenever this pair are together they never fail to make me smile, when Celaena is added into the mixture I laughed at some of the things they said to tease or wind each other up.

I loved the training sessions and really enjoyed getting to see Celaena get stronger and fitter and how she is soon respected by Chaol, Dorian and a few other champions.  I really liked how she sought out Nox and how they helped each other out and watched each others backs even though they were each others competition, he was the perfect ally for her.
Although Throne of Glass mainly focuses on Celaena we get the occasional point of view from Dorian and Chaol and I enjoyed getting to delve into their minds and get to learn their deepest darkest secrets and feeling.  I liked how fae were featured in Throne of Glass, but not in a way that is right in your face, it was more subtle.

I don't want to say too much about the book in case I spoil it for anyone, just know that I LOVED it.  The whole world that Sarah has created sounds amazing and it was so easy to open the book and fall back into the pages of Throne Of Glass.  I wanted to sit and read and not have to work, I needed to find out what was happening next and I hated having to put it down for things I needed to do, like work and sleep.  If I could have read Throne Of Glass in my sleep then I would have.  Did I mention how much I love the cover, it perfectly fits Celaena and is how I imagine her to act when I read.  My only problem is now I have to wait forever to find out what happens next.

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