Saturday, 28 March 2015

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Mass Synopsis:
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 exhilirating. 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.

This book… asfdhgnfjxb jcvxcjv… This book is brilliant.

It has action, adventure, mystery, suspense, romance, fantasy, magic and everything else that equals an awesome read.

The plot was amazing and so interesting I can’t even explain it. There was always something to sink your teeth into it, whether it was the competition or what was going on in the background. The pace was unrelenting and I simply couldn’t put this book down; there were breathers here and there but it never entirely stopped. Sarah J Mass even managed to throw in fae folklore and a complex history that you didn’t get overwhelmed by.

But it was the characters that easily stole the show. Love triangle aside Chaol and Dorian were great characters and particularly with Chaol there’s more to him than he lets on. I was on his side from the start, yet I still fell for Dorian’s charm so I want to see more of both of them which is something I can’t usually say when it comes to love triangles (I generally want to kill one or the other, sometimes even both!). I’m dying to see how Dorian's role as prince plays into the story, perhaps he could even become King? *fingers crossed* but I know how unlikely that is right now… *sigh*

I hate the King as much as Calaena, even though you don’t see much of him first-hand.

Calaena on the otherhand was the best kind of female character. Not just because she could kill someone in 2 moves and was an overall complete badass (though I admit it contributed) but she was strong in so many ways. I loved how no matter what happened she didn’t change to be what everyone expected, sticking with her cocky attitude that was so easy to admire. Being deadly but vulnerable and kind but arrogant is quite the feat but one word cannot sum up Calaena’s intense character. Unless of course you just went with awesome.

I can’t believe I waited so long to read this series, and if you’re still yet to read it then I beg you to pick it up. Now. Please. I tried my hardest to put into words how much I loved this book, but still I can’t do it justice (and I’m running out of synonyms for awesome), so go read the book and see for yourself the epicness that is Sarah J Mass’ Throne of Glass.
Favourite Quotes:
“Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

“We all bear scars... Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“Names are not important. It's what lies inside of you that matters.” 

“He was done with politics and intrigue. He loved her, and no empire, no king, and no earthly fear would keep him from her. No, if they tried to take her from him, he'd rip the world apart with his bare hands. And for some reason, that didn't terrify him.” 

“She moaned into her pillow. “Go away. I feel like dying.”
“No fair maiden should die alone,” he said putting a hand on hers. “Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?”
She snatched her hand back. “How about the story of the idiotic prince who won’t leave the assassin alone?”
“Oh! I love that story! It has such a happy ending, too – why, the assassin was really feigning her illness in order to get the prince’s attention! Who would have guessed it? Such a clever girl. And the bedroom scene is so lovely – it’s worth reading through all of their ceaseless banter!”

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