Betrayed by someone close to her, Celaena is now serving time at the salt mines of Endovier – a death sentence for most, except Celaena. A trained assassin since childhood has made her survive the ordeals that she has been put through at the salt mines for the past year. When the Crown Prince of Adarlan shows up at the mines with an offer she cannot refuse, she finds herself on her way to be in a deadly competition held at the castle. The rules are simple, if she is the last one standing, she has her freedom serving as the king’s champion.
Throne of Glass was one of those books that I kept seeing on my Instagram feed and was repeatedly mentioned to me as a fantasy series I should read, so I gave it a go. Besides I had never read anything by Sarah J. Maas and that would go perfect with my reading goals for 2018. I liked the idea of a female protagonist that might be different than the other ones I have read so far, and I really do love assassins in books. The thought of a female assassin was for me what gave me high expectations for this book, and it did not disappoint.
From the very beginning Celaena has something about her that makes you keep on reading, the plot itself was not that different from other books I have read, but it had potential to become something bigger. The first thing I noted, was her way of dealing with fear or facing the uknown: My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid. Just that one sentence caught me. The first time I read it, it stuck to my mind – and even in my own daily life I found that sentence popping up. For me that is one the things I loved about Celaena, she is cocky, sarcastic and sometimes her ego gets the best of her – but this reminded me that she had her own battles, her own dark demons and even moments of doubt. This made her so much more likable and human.
As the plot unfolded it was interesting enough to keep me going and wondering how she would win this competition. Overall I did find this part to be a little slow and the constant reminder that Celaena was so awesome also made me impatient. When would we get to see if all these rumors about her assassin skills were true? I had my doubts for quite a few chapters, and then when it suddenly changed my reaction was stronger because of it.
This book is aimed at young adults, but I have to say that I enjoyed how well-written it was. I particularly enjoyed how Maas’ manages to capture the importance of “small” moments, like the love of books, a touch from someone you might like or even just having candy for breakfast. That might sound too childish, but these are the moments that made Celaena more human for me, she is after all a young adult herself. Another aspect that I enjoyed was how the emotional tension were built up when it came to the love interest of the protagonist. The subtle changes in behavior or the comments made, made it obvious for the reader that something had changed – but the characters continued on not realizing what was happening. It was a nice touch and the love interest part never overshadowed the plot – which I have seen happen too many times.
Throne of Glass might be a book that appeals more to women – just because of how it is written. I cant really see my brothers reading this book, but I do think everyone would enjoy it. As for me, I read it in just a couple of days and went straight to the library to get the next one. Celaena Sardothien has become one of my favorite protagonist from the world of fantasy.