Throne of Glass by Sarah J MaasSo much better than I expected it to be!
Goodreads: Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
I had high expectations for this whole series, especially the first book after the huge hype from the booktube and book blogger community and after finally getting around to it I can happily say I was no disappointed.
The characters were a perfect balance for this story and Celaena and Chaol are by far my favourites. Calaena is the perfect heroin. She balances honesty, fierceness and feminism brilliantly, especially with her double personality in this first novel.
Chaol and Dorian, the other two protagonists in this story are different in very intricate ways and although they may have a similar up bringing they both bring different things to the story.
The subtle love triangle that forms is one that is also done brilliantly by Maas. I normally hate love triangles as it is usually obvious who the person should choose but in this sense I actually understand why there is two options and although I have my preference (Chaol) I still like the fact that this triangle is present.
The climax in this novel is built up throughout every chapter with the tests and the surprise disappearances of champions. Each chapter feels like it adds something to the story and there are no fillers.
The battle scene however was a favourite of mine. Many fight scenes happen very quickly and you don’t really understand what happened. But Maas has taken her time to explain everything with intricate details. I never really cared for fight scenes until this novel.
Throne of Glass is definitely on my top books of 2015 list now and I cannot wait to carry on with this series!
Have you read Throne of Glass? What did you think?