Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas is one of the best high fantasy young adult books I have ever read. It was so awesome; I couldn’t put it down. The action was fantastic, and the characters were even better. Throne of Glass is about a teenage assassin, Celaena Sardothien, who will be granted her freedom in four years’ time if she wins the king’s championship. There are twenty-three other possible champions that she must face over thirteen weeks of training and tests. However, a strange request from an ancient queen reveals that there may be evil lurking within the castle. Now, aside from the page-turning action, there are also some charming young men in the book. The two men are Chaol Westfall who is the Captain of the Guard and Dorian Havilliard who is the Crown Prince. Both seem to be smitten with Celaena, but she is here on a mission. It is one of my favorite books I read so far this year and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. Here is my Five Things Wrap Up!
- Celaena is a kick-butt character
Celaena is a great character. She knows what she wants and she is as tough as nails. She survived a year in the frigid cold in one of the most menacing death camps for rebels and criminals. Celaena needs to win this championship in order to win her freedom, and with her new friends she has something worth fighting for. Celaena is incredibly strong willed both physically and mentally. She is a wonderful character, and I can’t wait to see how she develops further.
- The action was page-turning
The action that surrounded the training and competition was intense to say the least. There were assassins and thieves that all want to become the king’s champion, and they will do whatever it takes to get there. The book did not focus too much on the tests themselves, but when they were described, they seemed challenging. They were designed to test all aspects of the contestant’s strengths. It was nerve wracking for the contestants and on top of it evil loomed over them.
- The kingdom of Adarlan was wickedly awesome
In a place where magic is banned the kingdom of Adarlan can be a wonderful, or very dangerous place. With the king of Adarlan ruling with an iron fist, there is nowhere safe from the possibility of being engulfed by the kingdom. The different places through the kingdom and the history were not that central to the plot, and I hope to learn more about Celaena’s background and how that will affect her future. There are rebels that are trying to rise against the king. There is the princess of Eyllwe and a dark, brooding man from the White Fang Mountains. There are also the Fae who possess magical abilities. I can’t wait for more stories and background of this mysterious place.
- The love triangle
Yes, the love triangle! I did say that I despise love triangles and they detract from the plot… well, this triangle is not officially a triangle. It is done really tastefully, and you can understand the reasons behind it. That is all I will reveal!
- Curse words v. Violence
I have noticed other people comment about this for YA novels… There can be blood, guts, and brains missing but gosh forbid there be naughty curse words. Now, don’t get me wrong this does not bother me one bit. I think it is quite funny how Celaena the Adarlan’s most dangerous assassin only “curses violently” under her breath. Moreover, this is actually the first time I have ever noticed this. So now I challenge you to try to find this the next time you read a YA novel and comment below if you have noticed this as well.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE! It was fantastic! Get reading…
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