Review: 3 Stars
Throne of Glass (the first in a seven-book series) features Celaena Sardothien, a lethal assassin, who has been captured and imprisoned in one of the Kings many work camps. She spends a year in the bitter cold weather, working in the coal mines until Prince Dorian and the Captain of the Royal Guard, Chaol Westfall, come one day to take her away.
The Prince explains that his father, the King, is holding a competition to find his personal guard who will work for him for a few years before being granted their freedom again.
As Celaena fights through all of the challenges the King and his people have set up, something dark and mysterious is lurking in the shadows of the castle, waiting for the perfect moment to kill each of the people Celaena is fighting against, one by one.
It’s up to Celaena to figure out what’s going on and save everyone before things get bad – all while trying to blend in to her ‘new name and history’ while also battling the other contestants for her place at the top.
Is this the best Sarah J Maas book that ever existed? I’m not going to lie … no. The Court of Thorns and Roses series will forever be the most amazing thing to grace the pages of a book, in my opinion. But it was an interesting concept and I do plan to continue reading the series.
I did some math (not my strength) and I’m fairly certain that Maas was pretty young when she first started writing this series and I believe Kingdom of Ash (the final book in the series) came out only last year. So, what I’m particularly interested in is seeing if and how her writing style evolves over the course of this series. I’m wondering if, by reading all of these books, we get the chance to see how her writing has changed from Throne of Glass to the Court of Thorns and Roses style (which is hauntingly beautiful, amazing writing.)
I would certainly recommend any Maas books as I think she is a rare gem in the writing world and I’m looking forward to Crown of Midnight! The book was a little too jam packed to win my heart over entirely, and her writing style is drastically different from this book to ACOTAR, but nevertheless, she’s an amazing writer and I stand by that 100%!