Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Age: Young Adult
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Interest: Assassin/ Magic/ Sara J. Maas/ Cool Title/ DAC 2012/ SFoB
Source: ARC borrowed from Bloody Book-a-holic and bought finished copy

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. -description from goodreads.com

Have I ever told you how much I freakin' love Throne of Glass and Sarah J. Maas? BECAUSE OMG, I LOVE THEM BOTH TO THE MOON AND BACK. Yes, that scary capitalization was totally needed to convey my unholy love for them. 

Finally, I've found a third person point of view that doesn't make me want to scream! I loathe third person point of view. There is little reason to use it. Descriptions can go overboard very easily. I don't feel close or as connected to a first person point of view. I simply do not like it. Throne of Glass has resorted my faith in third person. It was the perfect way to tell this story and be able to incorporate multiple points of view. I was allowed to get close to all the characters without being overwhelmed by all of them. 

Celaena! Oh, I adore her! She totally kicked ass, took crap from no one and still had a strong, good heart after all she'd been through. Celaena absolutely refused to be broken or dominated. She was determined to let everyone know she was still a badass on her own. Yet, I glimpsed this sweet vulnerability from her every once in a while. It was easy to see how she'd been hurt and abused. I loved her for being unsure of herself at points. Celaena does not see herself as a hero. She doesn't want all the stress or baggage of being needed and relied on. However, when the time comes, she takes on the role anyway in order to survive. This girl is amazing.

Hmmm, Dorian or Chaol? Dorian or Chaol? I choose Celaena! Don't get me wrong, both leading men are awesome. Dorian, while being a stuck up and womanizing prince, still had his sweet and valiant moments. They proved he could be infinitely more than what other people thought of him. I see so much potential in him! I can't wait to know more about him. I did like Chaol more, since young men with bad attitudes and too much responsibility melt my bones. However, he's going to need to broaden that emotional range past a teaspoon to get what he wants. I will admit to a love triangle, that did not work out how I wanted. However, that is so far from the main point of ToG it might as well be a super-sub-subplot. 

I also happen to be Team Nehemia. I seriously hope to see more of her in coming books. She was so fierce, powerful and totally awesome. I vote for her and Celaena to be BFFs. I already have an idea who I want this wonderful princess to be with. Well, unless Nehemia has a secret lover, which I would love to know! There are so many more characters I could blather on about but, I refuse to make this a 40 page epic on my monstrous love of this series. 

The world building was fantastic. I longed to know more about the magic and history. It sounded so freakin' epic. I hope there's more about the history and the world in the next book. I cannot wait for it! (If you want to drive yourself absolutely mad with waiting, look at Sarah's pin board for ToG!) I can see that so much more exciting things are coming! 

Teaser Lines: “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 most.”

Happy Reading, 

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