Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book Info:
TitleThrone of Glass
Author:  Sarah J. Maas
SeriesThrone of Glass
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Published:  August 7th, 2012
Format:  Paperback -won in blog giveaway

Okay, so I really did enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses, and so figured I needed to go back and start this series since everyone loved it, and it came first.  The funny thing is that I had an ARC of it from the first time I went to BEA back in 2012, but at the time I didn't think I wanted to read it, and so I think I traded it away.  Circle back a couple years and I decided to go ahead and enter to win it on a blog giveaway, unfortunately I don't have written down who I got it from.  I won, and now I'm finally getting around to reading it. And I wasn't disappointed.  I'm very excited to read on in the series, although I don't have any more of the books, so I'll probably end up checking them out from the library.  I keep telling myself I don't need to own every book I read.  Right?  If you haven't read the book or series yet, here is my little summary of the story.

The main character is Celaena.  She was once considered one of the most dangerous assassins around. Until she was caught, and thrown into a horrible prison.  But now the king has decided he needs to find the fiercest warrior to be his own assassin or protector.  And the prince, Dorian, has chosen her as his champion in the competition against 23 other contestants.  She is one of only a few that are kept in handcuffs at first, when they are not locked up in a room where they cannot escape.  There are different types of people, some are soldiers for the king, some are thieves, and there are even other assassins like herself there.  No one really expects Celaena to be much of a threat.  In fact the prince and the Captain of the Guard, Chaol, who is there to keep an eye on her, suggest that she start out by not showing just how good she is, but also not losing.  She does her best to stay kind of in the middle of the pack as long as she can.  

Around the castle, Celaena will be dressed up, and brought around as if she is a lady.  Dorian will allow her to read books from his library, and there is something about her that he finds interesting, much more than the normal ladies of the court that are vying for him to marry them.  But Chaol doesn't quite trust her, and tells the prince to stay away, that she isn't safe.  Only Dorian doesn't listen.  And soon he spends more and more time with Celaena, and something grows between them. But there also seems to be something between her and Chaol, as the captain of the guard, he is a warrior, and has more in common with Celaena in that way than Dorian does.  

The competition is tough, she often has to fight men who are much larger than her.  And there is something happening to some of the contestants, something is killing them.  I say something, not someone, because the bodies are found mutilated, with markings as if an animal had attacked them.  Something I didn't mention is that the king has outlawed all magic, yet someone seems to be using some in the castle.  Celaena will make friends with a princess from a country that the king is also trying to take over.  But it will be another person she won't know just how much she can trust.  

This is a series, so as you can guess, she will make it quite far in the competition, and go far enough that she can continue on in future books.  Books which now I must go on and read. There is a definite love triangle coming in future stories I would guess, for those that don't like those. But I really was okay with how it may end up going.  A great strong girl, girl-power type of story.  A fantasy world that is very well imagined and one you want to know more about.  

14 comments:

  1. I'm glad you liked this! I have only read A Court of Thorns and Roses from Maas, but I am thinking of starting this series during the summer. My friends love it, but there is always something holding me back from reading it. Great review Lisa! :D

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    1. It was the same for me, all the bloggers seem to love it, but I just kept being held back. But then I won this copy in a giveaway, so had no excuse not to read it. Plus it fits into my "It's New to Me" Challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. There are several series that I started in the middle and want to go back to the beginning as I find I really like the characters. Glad you were able to go back to the first in this one. Great review! :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Oh this is the first one in the series I've read. The other book I've read by the author was a whole new series. :-)

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  3. I really liked this one too! I still haven't read the next one though I have it at home waiting for me. I guess this is an instance where the hype is kind of right?
    I know we don't *need* to own every book we read but... I'd still like to? haha
    I'm so glad you picked this one up!

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    1. I don't think I have the 2nd one. But I'm afraid, like you say, that I may end up having to own them all. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I am REALLY happy that you enjoyed this Lisa, as it's one of my all-time favorite series^^ The books just keep getting better and better so once you've borrowed them all from the library, you might just *have* to buy them all XD I can't wait to read your reviews for ALL the other books!! xx

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    1. So many people feel the same way as you, which is why I had to finally get around to it. And now I'm ready to read on! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Lol! What a coincidence - you won it on a blog giveaway and I'm currently giving away the same book on mine. XD

    Anyway~ I'm happy to hear that you like the book after putting it off for so long. All my friends and book buddies seem to worship Maas and ToG, but I didn't really like it that much. I read ToG when it came out, my friend insisting I HAD to read it. I wasn't impressed with the love triangle, nor with how perfect Celaena is. (The whole time I was like, Really? Can she not even get ONE pimple? >.>) I even gave Crown of Midnight a try, thinking I was just too harsh the first time around, but I eventually decided it wasn't for me.

    Ironically, I LOVED Court of Thorns and Roses, but I'm SO salty over all the things happening in Court of Mist and Fury. It seems like Maas just gets off on setting her fans up for certain ships, then ripping it apart. It almost feels like she uses her fans...

    I dunno. I've just never been a big fan. It's disheartening, seeing that everyone I know it aboard the Maas Train and I'm just sitting in the corner alone, lol.

    Brittany @ Space Between the Spines

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    1. Interesting! i haven't found too many people that didn't like it. But like I always say, there are so many books out there, there is no reason everyone has to like the same thing! Thanks for stopping by, and all the things you mention are interesting to think about as I go on!

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  6. I really loved this book, but I read it when it first came out and I haven't touched the rest of them yet. I LOVED her newest series, but I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next ones.

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    1. I've got a couple series like that myself! I need to get around to the rest in the series! Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I still haven't read any books of this series despite how popular it is! Our library doesn't have it and when I end up in a bookshop I always prioritise something else. I do want to get to it eventually though! And I'm glad you could fairly enjoy this beginning to the series.

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    1. I won this one, so it gave me the opportunity to read it! Plus I read it as part of my It's New to Me Challenge.

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