Monday, 6 August 2012

Review: Throne Of Glass (Throne Of Glass #1)

Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 7th August 2012
Genre: Young Adult - Fantasy
Obtained From: ARC from Bloomsbury

Read from July 19 to August 6, 2012

"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 three 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." - Goodreads
 When I was about half way through I read on another blog that this book was originally called 'Queen of Glass' and was a retelling of Cinderella. I have to admit that at the point I was at I hadn't noticed. As I read on I could see some similarities to Cinderella but nothing that made me want to stop reading it. Also a few people have commented on the premise sounding like 'The Hunger Games' - its not. Really, it's not. 

Throne of Glass is full of action, mystery, Fae, magic, likeable characters and great dialogue. 
My only regret, is that I didn't take more time to read it over a shorter period instead of the weeks it took me. =( It was the kind of book I'd read and finish in a day or two. 

The plot was slightly predictable, but even if I guessed at who the villian might be I still enjoyed and wanted to read the story. While I knew who the villian was there were a few interesting details I didn't foresee which just made it more enjoyable to read.

The characters are awesome and well developed. 
Celaena is a great strong female character who speaks her mind, is confident, smart and witty. 
Nehemia is another fantastic strong lead female character in the book who I hope to see more of in the next novel. She is seriously underestimated and I look forward to seeing how that develops. 

Both Captain Chaol Westfall and Prince Dorian have a strong presence and are loyal companions. The dialogue between them and Celaena was something I really enjoyed reading thanks to the witty remarks thrown back and forth. 

There is a (sort of) love triangle but it is subtle and I felt it blended in with the story rather then being a main focus. It will be interesting to see how it develops in the next books. 

The writing and depth of Throne of Glass is brilliant and inside world of the castle superbly done. There are only glimpses of the world outside the castle and it will be great to learn more in the next book. 

 ARC was provided by Bloomsbury via Netgalley. Thank you! =)

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