In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be released from prison to serve s the King’s Champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captian of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle-it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival-and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Laying in bed, trying to gather my thoughts and form them into words, sentences, opinions about this story – I don’t want to tell you how much I loved this book, I just want to continue on with the series and pick up the second book. After (FINALLY) getting around to reading The Assassin’s Blade – reviewed here – I couldn’t help myself but pick up Throne of Glass for the third (fourth?) time and reread the whole series in anticipation of the final book’s release.
Kingdom of Ash is being released today (today – the day I wrote this review, not the day the review posted.) But I likely won’t get my preordered copy until Thursday (the 25th). So what better way to get hyped for this 900+ page conclusion then to reread the first seven books in the series.
“Libraries were full of ideas-perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
So because this is a reread, but a new review, I’m going to try to mostly write it like a new review. Let’s start with the characters.
Celaena Sardothien; kick-ass, sassy af, a girl that could kill you a hundred different ways before you even knew what hit you. But she’s a multifaceted kind of girl. She loves her some pretty underthings and fancy dresses. She is easily excited by a bag full of candy the morning of Yulemas. She’s been through so much but is still able to be happy about the little things. It’s so pure. She’s also loyal to the death. She has a soft side that she doesn’t want to admit that she has, but it pushes her to do the right thing even when it may not be the easy thing. Also, she spends SO much of her time in this book reading. What bookworm doesn’t like to read about another bookworm?
“Elena took a step toward her. “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 more.””
Chaol Westfall; All the best friend feels. I don’t ship him and Celaena (mostly because I already know who she ends up with later on) but also because they’re great friends. They have excellent banter that is hilarious and so entertaining. And I don’t want to see that ruined by things getting weird and lovey. Chaol is a stand-up guy. Loyal to his friends and other loved ones. Will sacrifice anything for those he feels deserve it. Loves with his whole heart. Duty over everything, he really tries to play by the rules. He may not be totally okay with the status quo, but what can he do about it? I’m excited to read his backstory (again) because we only got a few bits and pieces in Throne of Glass.
“What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgments? What’s the point in having a heart if you don’t use it to spare others the harsh judgments of your mind?”
Dorian Havilliard; Our lovely crown prince. I’m trying to stay impartial here with the things I already know happen in the future. But I really just, ugh. Dorian is a fun loving prince that craves adventure and chaos. He wants to do better for his kingdom than what his father is doing but also knows better than to push his father too far. It was interesting to see him press those boundaries. His relationship with Celaena was one of those pushes. He befriended her and spent more time than was proper with her ensuring the jealousy of other girls. Dorian is a little naive (thesaurus this). He wants the best, but I don’t think he really understands the seriousness of a lot of things going on around him.
“We all bear scars, Dorian. Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
Nehemiah; She’s probably my favorite character of all. Intelligent and mischievous. She fools everyone around her into thinking she’s something she isn’t. She becomes a good friend to Celaena which I loved. I love the relationship between these two girls. I think they make the best of friends.
The King & Duke Perrington; I hate them both. They’re excellent villains. I love to hate them because they’re so clearly awful. They care for nothing but their own agendas time and time again.
Kaltain; Celaena said it perfectly the first time she met Kaltain. Why do girls have to be so desperate for the attention of men that they feel the need to betray other females? This is so true and something so relevant even in today’s world. Us females should be sticking together, not fighting one another.
As for the story itself, I loved every page. While it wasn’t an overly complex book to read there was definitely a lot to the plot and story. With a few different things going on all at once (this gets even worse in the later books) it was interesting to see them all unfold together. I like the creativity of making this assassin a hero of sorts. The story wasn’t boring or too slow or rushed. It was paced nicely, giving us information when and as we needed it. I’m excited to see things speed up just a little bit in the next books.
The last thing I want to mention is the writing. While I did say that it wasn’t overly complicated it is beautiful. There are tons and tons of imagery that I could picture easily and well. For example, when Celaena meets the king, “It was a voice she had heard before, deep and raspy. It made her bones crack and splinter, made her feel the astonishing cold of a winter long since last.” I feel as if I could experience what she’s feeling in this moment. It’s all just written so well.
As a whole, I loved this book. Not a huge surprise with the excellent characters we were given and the interesting, in-depth, chaotic story that the characters go through in these pages. Maas really knows how to give us some characters that we can’t get enough of. Go read these now!
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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