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Review: Throne of Glass

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Title:Throne of Glass

Author:Sarah J. Maas

Series: Book 1

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Synopsis

Celaena Sardothien, a well-trained assassin, is chosen by the Crown Prince to be his warrior in a competition to elect the king’s champion. Her reward after four years of service: freedom. But first, she must defeat her competition. And survive whatever is slowly killing off the other participants one by one…

divider-51Favorite Characters

My favorite characters were easily Celaena and Dorian (the Crown Prince). They just had a great chemistry together. Plus, they’re both big book nerds haha.

divider-51Favorite Scenes

► I’ll try to pick small scenes that don’t reveal too much. So, one of the first bits that really had me laughing and falling in love with the story was when Dorian and Celaena had just met and he asked her if she liked dogs. She wasn’t making much conversation at this point so Dorian asked if he would have the pleasure of hearing her voice for once. I think this is just perfect for describing their dynamic:

“I’m afraid your questions didn’t merit a verbal response.”

Dorian bowed low. “Then I apologize, my lady! How terrible it must be to condescend to answer! Next time, I’ll try to think of something more stimulating to say”. And with that he turned on his heel and strode away, his dogs trailing after him.

► My second scene mention takes us further into the story when Celaena has the great honor of meeting Kaltain, a young woman who is very desperate to win Dorian’s love (notice me senpai~). Celaena and Dorian, both eager to get away, plot to make Kaltain immensely jealous and annoyed in the hopes of driving her away. Dorian showers Celaena with compliments until he is reminded he must go meet with his mother, at which point he kisses Celaena’s hand as he says his goodbye’s. Kaltain’s mood sours and she too suddenly has other matters to attend to:

“Enjoyed that, did you?” Chaol growled.

“Immensely.”

► And the final scene I will mention (sorry Kaltain!) is when Captain of the Royal Guard, Chaol, and Celaena both save Princess Nehemia from having to be led around by Kaltain:

Though his features were a mask of protocol, she could have sworn she glimpsed a glimmer of amusement in his eyes.

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The writing was flawless in Throne of Glass, and the story went along at a very nice pace. There was just a perfect balance among the moments where we peered into the characters to see how they really were/felt, the competition challenges, the potential romance, and the mystery of what was going on in the castle.

As I mentioned, I really loved Celaena and Dorian’s dynamic together. I felt like they complimented each other really well to bring out these hidden aspects of one another. Celaena is constantly excluded, pushed away, and held back from connecting with others because all anyone ever sees is an Assassin. Dorian is a young, semi-frivolous prince who only seems to be chasing skirts. However, when they come together is just… blends.

Dorian tends to treat everyone the same because he’s tired of people being so careful around him, and it allows him to form an unlikely bond with Celaena that really takes off through the story. Celaena is brazen and prideful–something that tends to rub most the wrong way–but with Dorian she doesn’t have to worry about him taking it the wrong way. In fact, they usually exchange funny quips and poke fun at one another.

Although we don’t get to see as much between her and the ever-serious Chaol, it was hard to see the way that Celaena searched for that same bond with Chaol but was constantly pushed away when Chaol’s job as Dorian’s friend and protector took the forefront. I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops in the second book (and definitely expect another review).

And, despite everything, I’m also a little curious to find out about Kaltain’s fate. I won’t reveal too much, but her character goes through quite a bit (with that surprise reveal at the end) and I did feel a tad bit sorry for her in the end.

Overall, I have to say this is a must-get book. You won’t be able to put it down, I know I couldn’t!

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