Publication Date: 2 August 2012
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a high fantasy young adult novel that was published on 2 August 2012. It is the first of six books in a series, where two have yet to be released.
Throne of Glass was an appealing and noteworthy read. While the first half was somewhat slow and took me over a week to read, the second half of the book completely changed my initial views of the read. The ending was captivating and exactly what I was hoping would be the end to the first installment.
The plot follows Celaena Sardothien, an eighteen-year-old assassin who has spent a year inside in a death camp. Prince Dorian comes to her and offers her a challenge that involves Celaena competing as his “Champion” and risking her life to complete “Trials” along with the other Champions. Chaol Westfall trains her to win the male-dominated competition, as winning is her only hope in freeing herself from a miserable life being sent back to the death camp.
In Throne of Glass, there is a mix of action, magic, mystery, and romance. The action comes in the form of the Trials that occur, and the fact that Celaena is an assassin assists in her ability to fight. There is a world of magic that is greatly explored, and suspicious deaths that take place throughout the period of the Trials. A love triangle exists between Celaena, Dorian and Chaol, and it is not completely clear as to whom Celaena will evidently end up with.
What I liked most about the novel was the plot. It was exciting, as something interesting happened in each chapter. Adding the different Trials helped push the characters and form good relationships. The genre of romance did not dominate the plot, and despite romance being my favourite genre, I was still quite intrigued by the narrative.
The character of Celaena was expertly mapped out and full of substance, and I really enjoyed reading from her point of view. While it is mainly told from her perspective, there are also a few others that the readers see the events from, which helped further explain the narrative.
The story took me a while to get into, and I think that was because of the new world that needed to be explained. Once I understood what was essentially occurring, I was able to read it without too much confusion. Therefore, the overall story could have been refined a little more to assist with the confusing parts.
Having read the first book in a series, I finished it wanting to read the next, so I am excited to continue with the next Throne of Glass novels.
I recommend Throne of Glass to basically everyone. If you are a fan of high fantasy with a hint of romance, then you will most likely love this story (although I’m sure you have already read it, it’s pretty popular).
Read my Crown of Midnight review next.