Author: Sarah J. Maas
Title: Throne of Glass
Genre(s): Teens; Romance; Fantasy; Literature and fiction; Action and adventure; Science fiction and fantasy; Sword and sorcery
Review: I have seen Maas's novels all over the internet recently, but it took me a little while to jump onto the bandwagon. When I was younger, I enjoyed reading fantasy and SciFi immensely. But as my bio suggests, I have more recently been engaged with romance novels and mystery, so I was a little nervous how I would like the first installment of this series. But I am very glad that I took the chance, because I am obsessed with this book! So obsessed in fact, that I am trying my hardest not to read the second book so that I can finish the other novels I have lying around. During the first few chapters, I immediately began to fall in love with Celaena Sardothien. She is the epitome of a strong female heroine that has incredible insight to the things that hold her back and what she must do to overcome them. Her character is also incredibly relatable in that when she first meets someone, her walls are up. But as time progresses and trust builds, her walls come down and her relationships form. In regards to the fantasy world that Maas created, it took me away from mine and implanted my imagination into Adarlan. Although her description of the fantasy world is not as elaborate as some other known novels (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc.) it was detailed enough that I could picture exactly what it looked like in my mind. I am really excited to see how the setting unfolds as I get deeper into the series. Although Celaena was the main character, I think that Maas was able to portray the other pertinent characters excellently. I knew exactly who each person was in terms of their place in the story and their traits. I really enjoyed the dynamic that unfolded between the triangle of Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian. Maas set their stories up for a long-term engagement and I'm really intrigued by how all of their characters developed separately and together in this installment. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a great fantasy read with a lot of action, mystery, and a little bit of romance.
Book Description: "In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and 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."