Friday, 20 July 2012

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  • ARC received for review.
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140883233X
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?

Cover: I'm loving this cover.  Perfect match for Celaena and I love that it hasn't followed a YA trend in plastering a girl in a dress on the cover but rather has stayed true to the feel of the book!

Wow.  I'm blown away by this book and I'm worried that this review is just going to turn into a fan girl rave but I'm going to give it a try.
I have no issues with this book at all and that is rare.  Every single detail was perfect.
The world building and character development was excellent.  I was worried when I first read the synopsis that I wouldn't warm to an assassin protagonist, especially one described as having a 'heart of ice'.  I needn't have worried.  Celeana was a wonderful character.  As strong as characters such as Katniss from The Hunger Games and Tris from Divergent.  While she was tough she also had a softer side, and her snarky sense of humour made me laugh through out the book.
The action was perfect- it wasn't all the time, but there was plenty of it and it was paced perfectly.  I was never bored while reading and I just wanted to keep turning pages.  I didn't want to put it down for anything!
There is a romance element but it is in no way the focus of the book and I'm glad it was there, otherwise the plot may have been too heavy, the romance added a little something special without becoming a trope.  There is an emerging love triangle, which as you guys know I can't stand them, BUT for the first time, here I didn't mind it!  The two love interests Prince Dorian and Captain of the Guard- Choal, I just couldn't choose between them.  Normally when it comes to love triangles, I always take one side and loyally stick to it, for example in the endless Team Edward/Team Jacob debate, from the start I was Team Edward, and NEVER wavered, even for a second.  
But with Throne of Glass I'm genuinely torn between them.  Plus it is a testament to the writing style and the character development that I could like Dorian or Choal at all because of how they treat and react to Calaena at the beginning of the book, but they really grow as characters.  
So much happened in this book, the romance, the Hunger Games style competition where 23 competitors fight to be the King's champion and only one can win, and so much was set up for the next book- we saw glimpses of Celaena's past but not everything.  
I'm so glad the end wasn't a cliffhanger.  Yes I still have questions and a lot is still to come but it wasn't an evil cliffhanger, had there been one I would have cried.  I can't wait to see how everything develops in the next book.
Without a doubt 5/5 stars!  One of my favourite reads of the year so far.  I highly recommend this to everyone.

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