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 exhilirating. 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.
I have mixed feeling about this book, but I get the feeling that I’m going to rate it a 10/10 anyway. Go ahead, scroll down and see what the future me rated this book.This book, all in all, was very good. The plot was great. The action was even better. The romance enhanced the story, but wasn’t a massive part of it, which was refreshing after reading heaps of books that either focus mainly on the romance or add in unnecessary romance and spend way too much time on it. The only problem I had with the book were some of the aspects of Celaena’s character.
So, in terms of the plot of the book, Celaena has just spent a year in the kingdom’s darkest and scariest dungeon, the dungeon where the country’s worst criminals go to slave out the remainder of their days. And Celaena is there because she is an assassin. In fact, the world’s greatest assassin. Like. EVAH.
Except there’s a slight flaw in that. Because despite all her showing off and “omg you should totally be afraid of me I could kill you in two blows” not once in the book does she actually act like the supposed super strong assassin she is. She’s just a fighter. A good fighter, but simply a fighter nonetheless. Despite having super quick reflexes and being able to kill anyone in a single blow, that’s all useless if she’s killed in her sleep right? Numerous times throughout the book, people enter her chamber/bedroom/whatever they called it, and she just snored on. Despite all her boasting about “you should be afraid of me, etc”. Why is she not dead yet. Why.
Also, there’s a scene where somebody puts a bag of candy on her bed. She guzzles more than half a kilogram before she even fully opens her eyes. I mean. Candy. Really? This so called famed assassin could have been easily assassinated right there and then. All it would have took was a drop of nightshade into her beloved chocolate and BAM the story ends.
Also, she’s arrogant and vain. All throughout the book, there are references to her beautiful face. Like, literally, I cannot go two sentences without being reminded how pretty she is. She isn’t even like: “Oh, you’re too kind” when people compliment her on her appearance, she’s like: “Obviously. I’m the most beautiful girl in the world.” -_- Better put that ego away before you hurt someone, Celaena.
Also, she’s really cocky. It’s impossible for her to lie low and pretend that she isn’t the greatest assassin in the world. She has to purposely make mistakes so she doesn’t stand out from the group, and she hates having to tell people that she’s a jewelry thief – what everybody thinks she is. The hours before a Test that will determine whether or not she makes it through to the final battle, she’s reading. She reads to four o’ clock in the morning and then complains about how she needs her precious sleep. I mean, sure I do that too, BUT I’M NOT THE ONE IN A LIFE/DEATH/FREEDOM/SLAVERY SITUATION HERE.
And her temper. Oh my God. She will literally chuck a hissy fit if she isn’t the best and something. She can’t play pool/billiards, and there’s a scene where a whole two/three paragraphs is dedicated to her having the immense urge to shatter the pool stick across her knee because the balls aren’t going where she wants them to go. And then another page or so of her trying to play pool, failing and swearing. How very childish.
I would have thought of an assassin as a cold, calculating, manipulation person. After all, assassination isn’t ONLY fighting, it’s infiltrating, stealth, cleverness, etc. But Celaena seems to only fight, and rely on the fact that she can fight better than everyone else.
But enough on Celaena. That’s all the bad points mentioned.
On the other hand you should totally still read this book because OMG the action is top notch. The plot is well developed, as is the world-building. There are no info dumps, but at the same time, we still get to understand everything we need to know about the world – politics, history, etc – only entirely through plot.
And while Celaena may be a brat, she’s still pretty badass, and everyone likes a badass heroine, right??
While I’ve raved on quite a lot about how bad Celaena’s attitude is, PLEASE don’t let that put you off. Read ANY of the 5 star reviews on Goodreads and you’ll be convinced, if I haven’t done so yet. Afterall, I still ended up giving it a nine.
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 9/10
Throne of Glass is out now. Buy at your local bookstore.
- Title: Throne of Glass
- Author: Sarah J. Maas
- Hardback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Children (August 7th, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN10: 1599906953
- URL: Goodreads