On the 22nd of August I finished Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I absolutely loved it!!! It made me reminisce towards the old days when I read The Selection series by Kiera Cass as The Selection involved tasks that involved an end goal being “The One” otherwise known as winning the Prince’s hand in marriage yet in this case Throne of Glass involved the end goal of being the King’s Champion with a lead up of fantasy, twists and fucking awesomeness along the way.
This book involves an eighteen year old assassin named, Celaena Sardothien who must participate in a tournament alongside 23 other members. If she wins she will be labelled as the King’s Champion for four years before being granted her freedom.
I recommend everyone to read this book and to continue on to read the rest of the series. It’s actually amazing and it will make you feel super bad ass!
Without further ado, I’m going to dive into spoilers. You have been warned.
Oh my gosh! I absolutely loved this book! It took me a while to get into it as I was confused by this new world Maas had created yet I pushed through and I’m so glad I did. I heard mixed reviews upon reading this book as some people announced that this was their least favourite book of the entire series yet I was one who enjoyed it very much.
I instantly became intrigued towards Maas’ writing style. It was pg 37 that won me over through the way Maas wrote, “By this time tomorrow, she’d be confined within those walls. But tonight-tonight it was so quiet, like the calm before the storm… She imagined that the whole world was asleep, enchanted by the sea-green light of the castle. Time came and went, mountains rising and falling, vines creeping over the slumbering city, concealing it with layers of thorns and leaves.” Such beautiful imagery. You can really envision the story unfolding and where it is taking place. As well as the writing I loved how upon opening this book there was an illustration of a map of this world Maas created. As the characters in the book would travel to different places, I caught myself going back to the map to trail their journey for myself. The map was so incredibly done enabling me to be fully engaged and entertained the whole way through. It felt as if I had the Marauder’s map from Harry Potter in my hands. I think it’s definitely a great addition to this book to get all ages into reading this novel.
I was so incredibly excited turning the first page of Throne of Glass. I remember saying to myself, “I can’t wait to see Celaena get down and dirty with some piercing action” because after 100 pages it got so freaking awesome with all the tasks they had to do and just YES!!! I’m a sucker for heaps of action. I think it may be the main reason why I love fantasy novels so much. I also remember reading early on and thinking, “She is totally going to fall in love with the Crown Prince. I know I am.” Haha! You can tell how upset I was upon finding out later that Celaena broke it off with him. Bloody hell !!! If you haven’t noticed already I ship Dorian and Celaena together. Dorian is so wonderful and romantic and funny and just ahh. I’d swoon.
I think it was page 38 that really won me over towards my deep feels towards Dorian through the way Maas wrote, “Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.” This was such a gorgeous line that truly revealed the imagery of how Dorian saw Celaena as a beautiful and radiant individual. Oh how I desire my future boyfriend to describe me like this. The way Maas also wrote, “He found her beautiful, if a bit strange and sour. It was something in the way that her eyes sparked when she looked at something lovely in the landscape.” As well as this it was so wonderful and hilarious how on pg 265 Maas wrote “Of course, it was due entirely to the cold that she longed to link arms with [Dorian] and absorb his warmth” and “Of course, she hadn’t been thinking of Dorian when she chose such a fine lavender gown to wear tonight, or when she made sure her hair was so carefully arranged, or that her white gloves were spotless.” The way you can sense the sarcasm through how Maas wrote these lines and how we as readers know that Celaena too has feelings towards Dorian.
Another part which made my heart swoon towards this growing relationship between these two characters was on page 300 when Dorian and Celaena finally had their first kiss. I wasn’t breathing. I can’t explain it but as I was reading it I was her. I felt it. I understood everything that was happening. It felt like it was one of my own experiences because it reminded me towards my first kiss with a guy I liked in the past who also liked me at the time. It reminded me towards how we had bottled these feelings for each other for so long and the shock realisation upon finding out that this guy I liked also likes me back. I remember the moment of pure happiness flowing through me upon this realisation before realising the reality that we are both leaning in now and sharing this beautiful moment in an instant. I loved the lines, “Her hand rose to her lips and she stared up at the stars, feeling her heart grow, and grow, and grow” as well as “In the garden, the Captain of the Guard stared up at the young woman’s balcony, watching as she waltzed alone, lost in her dreams… She seemed young-no, new.” Through these sentences I could feel how elated she was and it reminded me back to that time when I felt the exact same way. You must feel my dismay towards later on finding out how Celaena broke it off with him. Why, Celaena? Why?!
I also started to fall in love with this female heroine after finding out little intricate details about her such as her love for reading as well as how she can play the piano so flawlessly. What a beautiful talent of hers. I absolutely loved the paragraph on page 144 where Maas wrote, “The notes burst from her fingers, staggering at first, but then more confidently as the emotion in the music took over. It was a mournful piece, but it made her into something clean and new. She was surprised that her hands had not forgotten, that somewhere in her mind, after a year of darkness and slavery, music was still alive and breathing. That somewhere, between the notes, was Sam. She forgot about time as she drifted between pieces, voicing the unspeakable, opening old wounds playing and playing as the sound forgave and saved her.” I also want to breach a little theory I have towards the next upcoming books. I have a feeling that Sam isn’t actually dead and along the way we are going to discover that he is still alive possibly a leader of a rebellion? Hmm? Just a little theory… No spoilers though, please!
One of my favorite chapters in this book was Chapter 10 where Caelaena meets Kaltain Rompier and tells her fake cover story of being a jewel thief from Bellhaven. I found this part hilarious. In comparison to Chapter 10, I also loved the ending of Chapter 11 how Maas wrote, “You’ll be sweating when I skin you alive and squish your eyeballs beneath my feet, she muttered, picking up the rapier… My dear old friends. A wicked smile spread across her face.” Celaena is so bad ass in this book and I absolutely love it!
Despite loving Dorian and Celaena I also really love Nehemia ! I found her to be such an interesting character and I really enjoyed getting to know more about her on page 100 as we as readers were able to see an unfolding relationship between Nehemia and Celaena as they found out they both can speak the same language. One of my favourite moments was on pg 268 when there were dozens of wyrdmarks underneath Celaena’s bed. I was so spooked reading this part that I had to put the book down. It was crazy finding out later that it was actually Nehemia drawing all these symbols to protect Celaena. I thought that was amazing.
This book really gave me comparative pulls towards the Game of Thrones and Harry Potter worlds through the little plot twists that would occur or through the different scenes created. When Celaena found the secret door behind the tapestry in her room I instantly thought of the two worlds and instantly became super satisfied with the mystery towards what’s behind this secret door.
Another character I was very excited to meet was Queen Elena although she also creeped me out when she appeared to Celaena in a dream giving her necklace otherwise known as the Eye of Elena to Celaena who woke up grasping it in her palm. These little details and notions towards magic excites me to find out what is going to happen further on down this series. I found it so interesting that we received a back story towards the Eye of Elena on page 266 as Dorian told Celaena, “Elena, First Queen of Adarlan, had a magical amulet. In the battle with the Dark Lord, Gavin and Elena found themselves defenseless against him. He was about to kill the princess when a spirit appeared and gave her the necklace. And when she put it on, Erawan couldn’t harm her. She saw the Dark Lord for what he was and called him by his true name. It surprised him so much that he became distracted and Gavin slew him… They called her necklace the Eye of Elena: it’s been lost for centuries.”
Another incredibly awesome scene in this book was the duel between Celaena and Cain. It was very intense yet it did leave me confused towards Chaol as Cain was his first kill. I thought Chaol being the Captain’s Guard and all meant that he had killed in the past. It was surprising to find out that Cain was his first yet I was very glad that he killed Cain. I really disliked that bastard.
Upon finishing this book, I do now fear what tasks the King of Adarlan will enforce upon Celaena, his rightful Champion. I have a feeling he is going to order her to do some awful, gruesome stuff considering that he is working with Duke Perrington and how they both knew the whole time about Cain and the Ridderak. I also do have a driving desire for Celaena to get back together with Dorian down the track. He sounds so dreamy. I want to date him!
I rate this book 4.5/5 stars as it did take me a little while to get into it yet pushing through was the best decision because I absolutely loved it. If you have not read this book yet I urge you to do so and if you have then please let me know what you thought of it.
And also if you are team Dolaena or Celorian (what even is their ship name) please comment below. Unless… am I the only one? Haha!
For now, I hope you are enjoying your day and are indulging yourself in the addiction that is books. Devour. Devour. Devour.