I want to jump. Literally. Because I just finished a remarkable book that kept me on the edge of my seat all the while I read it. I am now an even bigger fan of Sarah J. Maas as she never fails to amaze me with her astounding writing and world-building. In this book, Maas has created a riveting fictional world where lives a girl who is almost invincible. I appreciate the fact that Maas’ heroines are always hot, strong and gutsy. Her characters are always fascinating and I am easily in love with most of them.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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 four 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.
(Synopsis as on Goodreads.com)
Points I Liked About Throne of Glass
Plot: Honestly, while reading the book, I thought I would see glimpses of The Hunger Games because of similar plotlines. However, the similarity ends right there. A ruthless competition is the only thing common between the two books and nothing else. Celaena is a savage assassin and is the only woman in a competition between cruel and shrewd criminals. The premise of the book is highly fascinating. I was sold on it instantly. I am glad that my inquisitiveness was not met with disappointment as I loved the book.
Writing: With every page that I turned (on my Kindle), every word that I read, it felt like I was watching a movie. Maas’ writing is commendable. She spins out characters and situations with such eloquence that you will instantly be lured into her world and will want to dwell in there forever. Sometimes, imagining things that are a part of someone else’s imagination can get a little tricky but with this book and Maas’ writing, her fictional world and characters unfurled smoothly before my eyes.
Celaena: Oh my God!! This girl is mind-blowing. I thought I loved Feyre from A Court of Thorns and Roses but Celaena just took my breath away. She is such a kick-ass, strong female lead that I cannot help but admire her guts. She is this fierce fighter who will do anything to survive and fight for her people. Her unnatural strength and grit make her a very strong character. She convincingly outdoes her male counterparts that make her the perfect assassin.
Points I Did Not Like About Throne of Glass
Nothing at all. Bow down to the master of fantasy fiction.
Final View: I am excited for the next book in this series. If you haven’t read this book till now, then go and get it right away. If you love fantasy fiction, then you will surely love this one.