Goodreads rating: 4.23
Date published: Aug 7th, 2012 (USA)
My rating: ★★★★☆
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
I had already started reading this book, around two years ago, under the influence of the booktube community. However, the story hadn’t hooked me, so I put it aside… until now. And I did NOT expect to like this book as much as I did. Of course, it’s not nearly as good as ACOMAF, but wow I really liked it!!
Are you planning on biting the cue again? Because if you are, I’d like to invite the court painter so I can forever remember the sight.
I really loved the main character, Celaena. She’s smart, she’s witty, she’s funny and she’s badass. And above all, she feels REAL: she’s not invincible and immediately a pro at everything; she has weaknesses; she has her period and gets cramps – CRAMPS!! What more could you ask for in a main character??? SJM did a damned good job, I’ll tell you that!
“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
I also have to talk about our love interest(s), of course. I am the biggest sucker for romance. Put romance in a book, and I’ll be happy, even if the book is crap. I reaaaaally like the main love interest in here, but there is definitely a love triangle coming our way – which I know some people hate, but I don’t really mind. He was so kind and cute and he really likes her and my heart melts for him!! As for the other – potential – love interest, I actually am not opposed to him, I love the guy. However, at least for the time being, I am rooting for the main guy.
Sorry for being vague but I don’t want to spoil anyone!!
“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
I’d heard people say that SJM’s male characters were all the same, that they barely had different personalities… but I didn’t see that. I expected to see that in Throne of Glass, because it was her debut, but I did not find all the male characters to be the same. Even the other assassins, they each had their traits and different personalities. I’m confused as to where people see this flaw in her writing, but I digress…
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
I must confess I was not expecting the story to go the way it went. This also happened withACOTAR, actually. I very much enjoyed seeing where SJM went, and the twists and turns that she added in. I’d hate to tell you too much, so I’ll just say that it has a very nice mystery aspect, which often made me feel like I was reading some sort of thriller/fantasy mashup. Brilliant plot line, as always.
“How long was I asleep?” she whispered. He didn’t respond.
“How long was I asleep?” she asked again, and noticed a hint of red in his cheeks.
“You were asleep, too?”
“Until you began drooling on my shoulder.”
I’ve always said that I don’t enjoy 3rd person narrative – and I don’t, not as much as 1st person – but it really worked for Throne of Glass. I don’t think I’ve told you this before, but one of my absolute FAVORITE things is when we get to see things from the guy’s perspective, so that is one of the reasons I enjoyed 3rd person in this book. Also, we get to see a ton of characters’ POVs in the same book, as the story progresses, which I did enjoy.
With each day he felt the barriers melting. He let them melt. Because of her genuine laugh, because he caught her one afternoon sleeping with her face in the middle of a book, because he knew that she would win.
There are some flaws to the book, though, which is exactly why I didn’t give it 5 stars.
Also because it definitely doesn’t deserve the same rating as ACOMAF. Firstly, I found the book to be predictable. I literally predicted everything that happened, except for one final “revelation”, because clichés and bookish tropes. Lastly, we have these lines: “How she loathed him!”; “Oh, he couldn’t stand her contradictions!” – is it just me or are these lines awkward? I think it’s because of the 3rd person narrative, but oh my god I hated reading those!!
In conclusion, I reeeeeeaaaally liked Throne of Glass, way more than I expected. I was very pleasantly surprised and I already have the second book next to me, which I’ll start after writing this review.
I really recommend that you pick it up, especially since most of the books in the series are out, so you can binge read them (which is probably what I’ll do)
★★★★☆ 4/5 stars
Have you read the ToG series? Do you prefer this one, or the ACOTAR series? Let me know in the comments! ♡
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Thank you so much for reading,
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