Throne of Glass Book Review

Throne of Glass

by Sarah J. Mass

SynopsisWhen magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

 But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world. (Goodreads Summary)

 
My Review: I came into this book knowing that there was a lot of hype behind it and I was already a fan of Sarah J. Mass because of her book A Court of Thorns and Roses, and it certainly did not disappoint. The main character, Celaena, is lovable and humorous even with her profession being killing people, and I found that she was very relatable for me. I also thought that Princess Nehemia sounded like a kick-ass princess who I wished ruled my country. I didn’t really have any issues with Chaol or Dorian, but they seemed a little bit stereotypical to me. The competition to be the king’s champion sort of reminded of of The Selection, one of my favorite series, in the way that it was multiple people competing for one elite position, but of course this competition was much more badass. I finished it in two days, and every time I was forced to put it down I just wanted to pick it right back up again because every page left you hanging and wanting more.
The only two things that I really wish Mass would’ve done differently was focus more on the world building, because even though the story was great and there was a map in the front and all I just had difficulty imagining where everything was and I didn’t really know that it was supposed to be magical because it wasn’t really specified to me in the beginning, and I wished that Mass would’ve worked harder on building Celaena’s relationships with the other competitors. Mass kind of started on that by making Nox and her friends and making Cain and her enemies, but she never quite got very detailed. All in all I thought that Throne of Glass was one of the best books that I’ve read in a while, and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be delivered to my house via snail mail.

I gave Throne of Glass a four out of five star rating because it constantly kept me on the edge of my seat,  the characters were written extremely well to the point that I could hear and understand each of their own , individual voices, but I had some slight issues with the world building and the lack of detail SJM put into creating the other competitors interesting to read.
If you want to Purchase Throne of Glass
-CG

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