Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas (#1) (2012)
Genre: Young Adult/High Fantasy
Source: The library
Warning: When you start reading this book, which you should right away, even before finishing this review is fine, you should be warned that late night reading and possibly no sleep will incur once you begin reading Throne of Glass.
Throne of Glass, to put it simply, was an amazing read. Why oh why did it take me so long to read this? Luckily, there is one upside for waiting so long to read Throne of glass (only one mind you) and that is I now don’t have to wait long for the sequel because it comes out in August! So listen here, I’m going to start my review off with a simple request, READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! Seriously, stop what you are doing and get a copy in some way. This book is especially perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Did I mention that I’m not even a big high fantasy fan but I loved this book?
I will admit this book is not perfect, (well it is 99% perfect which is pretty darn close) but it was so darn good that I gave it 5 stars anyway. I only had a few very tiny issues with Calaena’s character and a tiny issue with trying to follow the magic in the book, but I’m thinking the magic part will work itself out more in the next book.
The relationships in Throne of Glass were done right. Nothing too unbelievable and the love triangle (well there isn’t too much of one but I think there will be) didn’t bother me at all, and that is saying something. Both men were complex, sexy, and I can’t even choose which one I love more.
Now I will be a little creepy… Celaena is a heroine that is so kick ass that I’m pretty sure I am in love with her. She has a few flaws and I was hoping to get to see her more in action, but in the end she had my heart. This assassin rocks my world in so many ways. I love listening to her strategic assassin type planning whenever she is in any kind of situation, always checking for exits and the best way to take someone down. She is also girly at times and a little full of herself, but I thought that really rounded out her character. Oh and I guess I should mention the minor characters, they all rock in their own way too. I think that about sums that up.
The world building was great. A castle made of glass, crazy cool. The magical history worked for me. The evil king that I wanted to throttle was also spot on. The descriptions of everything from the people to the castle to the city were well done. Even the gory type scenes were well written, although I will warn you that they are graphic. I had so many feels while reading Throne of Glass. My heart reached out for the poor souls being treated horribly in a slave camp and for other innocents that had a horrible fate, and especially for Celaena, assassin or not, I felt for her. Oh and the book does get a little crazy but in a glorious way, and the action scenes are perfection and are in abundance.
In case you didn’t go pick up the book like I insisted you do earlier, now is the perfect time. If you are not a fan of high fantasy you may not enjoy this book, but other than that I think many people will enjoy Throne of Glass if they give it a try.
My Rating: 5/5