Friday, January 23, 2015

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: Bloomsbury, 2012

Pages: 416

Series: Book 1, Throne of Glass

Summary: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. 

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. 

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. 
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I have had this book since it came out because it sounded like such an amazing book.  Last year in October I finally picked it up and it has taken me until January to finish the book.  This was for a few reasons which I shall explain further below.

I really loved the premise of Throne of Glass but I felt like there were other parts of the story that I just didn't particularly enjoy.  The part that I didn't like was the romance aspect.  I'm not sure why but it just really bothered me.  Perhaps it was because there was a bit of a love triangle in the book and I just didn't like it.  Especially because I felt like she was heading for the wrong guy in my opinion.

I absolutely loved the fantasy aspect of this series.  In this world the magic has disappeared and I just found that to be really interesting.  Not to mention there was one part where they were travelling to the kingdom and they went through this forest that just sounded like such an interesting place to visit.

The mystery aspect was really interesting and it kept me interested in what was going on with the story but then it kind of fell by the wayside and the romance element became the biggest part of the book.  I even felt like when the reveal happened it was just kind of like hey look at this and then the story carried on until the end when things were finally sorted out.

Overall, I feel kind of up and down about this book and so I'm not completely sure of whether or not I want to continue with the series.  However, not wanting to give anything away from the first book, I found the ending of the book to be taking a turn for the better and  I think that I will probably continue on to the second book and see from there whether or not the series sits with me. 

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