Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Ardalan’s Assassin Celaena Sardothien has been slowly dying as a slave in the mines of Endovier as punishment for her crimes for the past year, yet the Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard offers her the strangest of salvations. He asks her to compete in a competition to become the King’s Champion, and if Celaena wins, Dorian promises her eventual freedom.
This being her only opportunity to get out of Endovier, Celaena accepts this deal and accompanies Dorian back to the glass castle, where she is pitted against other brutal, equally dangerous contestants. The tests are difficult, and some even perish, but this isn’t the only thing that Celaena must worry about. Another, possibly supernatural evil lurks within the castle, and magic that hasn’t been touched in years. Soon, it’s apparent that this competition, the glass castle and its inhabitants are much more than they appear.
This is not the first time I’ve read Throne of Glass. I have been a huge fan of this series for almost 5 years now, but I decided it was time to reread the entire series in preparation for the final installment coming out in October 2018. In addition, I never reviewed this book when I read it the first time, so I thought it would be perfect to write something now that I’ve re-familiarized myself with the events of the first book once more.
Reading this the second time brought back all the feelings of the first round. I can recall exactly where I was when I read Throne of Glass for the first time, and the way my heart raced and my jaw dropped at every awe-inspiring moment. This book was so dang cool to me then, and it was just as cool to me today.
Knowing what I know about the rest of the series, I can read this now and appreciate the way Maas eases the reader into this world that, in a few books, is going to get way crazier. I love the way that she slowly introduces the magical and supernatural elements of the story and that we’re not just thrown into this world with foreign terms that haven’t been explained yet. Maas takes the time to explain it and build her world and I’m so thankful for it.
Celaena is so wonderful to read. I can understand why readers are sometimes put off by her because she can be pretty vile at times. However, I think that’s what I love about her: the things that rub other readers the wrong way are what make her realistic. Yes, Celaena is vain and a little too sharp-tongued for her own good, but as you read on, you see also how brave and selfless and loyal that she is. She’s a complex and absolutely beautiful character, and I will always love her.
I also don’t care what all you Chaol-haters think: I always liked Chaol. Yeah, he’s grumpy, but that’s also what makes him kind of hilarious. Y’all need to chill. I love the way he takes to Celaena, even in spite of himself because you know he didn’t plan on liking her. I enjoy reading Celaena and Dorian’s banter and just think they make such good friends. (Yes, I have shipped them two before and I thought they were adorable. But I’ve also shipped her and Chaol. Celaena would be amazing with anyone because she’s amazing, okay?)
Everything about this series is amazing. The characters, the magical elements, the world building, the action, everything. I love it all. I’m going to be oh so sad to see this series end. A piece of my heart will die once I’m finished.
That’s all, folks. 10/10 would recommend forever and ever, please read this series, thanks.