Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Rereading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

After a year of slavery in the salt mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.

I didn't manage to go for very long without rereading Throne of Glass. Here's what I said in my original review: "Magic has left the land, and Celaena Sardothien, the kingdom's most feared assassin, is taken out of slavery in the salt mines to compete for being the King's Champion. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors, she will eventually win her freedom. Celaena meets the Crown Prince Dorian, and the Captain of the Guard Chaol. So, a love triangle. And Princess Nehemia, from a foreign land, becomes the unexpected: a friend.  Then her competitors start being gruesomely murdered, for there is something evil lurking in the castle.

Ah, I really loved this one. It was like Grave MercyGraceling, and The Hunger Games in one. I loved the writing and had a very hard time ever putting the book down. It was more girly than I expected, but not overdone. And I enjoyed all the characters and the world that Sarah J. Maas has created. Really, this is the best of the three new YA fantasies I've read so far this fall (SeraphinaShadow and Bone.) I'm looking forward to the sequel tremendously (I have no idea when it's coming out, but I await its release with expectation." 

I don't know why I wrote such a short review. There's so much to praise about this book. I love the snappy exchanges between Celaena and both Dorian and Chaol. Celaena is a great character. She's an assassin, but she's also girly, and likes girly things (clothes for example). She also loves to read, and spends much of her spare time at the castle reading books from the royal library. And on top of all that, she's also a deadly hand with all manner of weapons. And stunningly attractive. But physically and mentally, she's scarred: by her experiences as an assassin and from her brutal year of enslavement in the mines. With an enigmatic past, it's easy to see why so many men fall in love with her. 

I definitely like both of the two main male characters in the book too. Both Dorian and Chaol are handsome interesting and really fun to read about. Also, I like Nox, one of Calaena's fellow competitors, too. I wish we could have known a bit more about him, or have his character developed a bit more. He actually reminded me of Po from Graceling just a little bit. But maybe he'll show up again in book 2 (coming out next fall!!!!). 

There's also the element of the Wyrdmarks, which are closely connected with the grisly murders that keep occurring. And many other elements of intrigue swirling around the palace of glass in this amazing fantasy novel.

Read Throne of Glass:
  • if you like fantasy
  • if you like stories with strong female heroines
  • if you liked Graceling, Grave Mercy, or The Hunger Games
404 pages. 
Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf For Rereading (jf I own it)!

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