Review Type: SPOILER
Title and Author: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Genre and Subgenre: YA Fantasy
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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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.
Haaaaaay book fam, it’s ya girl, Lauren! If you’ve come to this post thinking, what kind of freak hasn’t read Throne of Glass at this point? *points to self* This kind! That’s right, I’m one of two people that I know from the bookish community that hasn’t read this series yet. TO BE FAIR, the other one is Kyleigh, but also to be fair she has read the Court series whereas I’m the noob who is JUST NOW getting to my first SJM experience. I know, I hate me too.
HOWEVER, the plus side to my inexperience is that y’all get to experience this with me for the first time and get to live vicariously through me like I do when I show people HP for the first time. Hooray!
Soooooo I have a lot of initial thoughts. First of all: loooooooooove. Second of all: ahhhhhhhhh.
OK so I fell in love with Celaena from the first few pages, I feel like she’s my favorite part of the series so far. From the moment where she’s being dragged to that chamber before Dorian and Chaol is trying to take her down hallways to confuse her and she’s like ‘pshhhhht I know exactly where I am, fool’. I was like OOOOOO WHO IS THIS GIRL!
From there I’ve only grown to love her more. She makes me laugh almost every page with some sassy thought or remark. I lived for the moments where guys like Cain would come up to her and be like, “I thought you’d be running home by now.” And in her head she’s like thinking of twenty different ways to kill them. ALSO I’m so used to reading books with female protagonists who don’t own their own beauty as much, like a guy will tell them they’re beautiful and they’re like ‘WHAT?!?’ whereas Celaena is like ‘I’m hot, I’m freaking awesome, I love myself’. And I’m just sitting there like YAAAAAS QUEEN.
I hope y’all don’t mind that 95% of this review is just going to be me fangirling, sorry not sorry. I LIIIIIIIVED for the part halfway through the book where she’s like screw this, I’m not taking it easy on these guys anymore and knocked Verin out of the ring in .05 seconds omg it gave me all the powerful woman feels. Also, I lived for the gorgeous Yulemas moments, gave me all the Hermione at the Yule Ball feels.
As far as shipping goes, at first I wasn’t sure who I shipped her with more between Chaol and Dorian. At first, I was leaning toward Chaol because Dorian seemed like more of a player/bad boy and that just isn’t my cup of tea. BUT once we started to get their POV’s I became fully team Dorian and I’m not about Chaol at all. Dorian’s thoughts are like, “Celaena is perfect and wonderful and all the great things,” while Chaol is like, “Ummm.. maybe she’s not so bad.” Ummmm exsqueeze me?! She’s amazing Chaol, get with the freaking program OKURRRR?!
Overall thoughts: Loved it, but it didn’t like blow my mind. I hear so many great things about SJM I was surprised that I liked the first Furyborn book more than the first TOG book. BUT I assume that it’s just more of a slow burn like HP and the world opens up more as we go. Don’t worry, I can be patient and I def loved it enough to read the rest. HOWEVER I’m ticked Celaena ended things with Dorian by the end of the first book. Like I get it but also no.
I already started reading Crown of Midnight so I’ll be posting a review of that one when I’m done. I’m ticked though cause I’m predicting that this one will be like the New Moon of this series where the other love interest is the main focus and I’m like ughhhhhhhh why. I don’t want it.
Also, a little worried because one of the only things I know about the series is that everyone loves the Rowan/Aelin ship, I haven’t heard like anything about Celaena. So I’m like 1) Does something end up happening to her…? And 2) Why does she not get any love, she’s freaking awesome. I’m sure I’ll end up looking back at this post and laughing at my own naivety, but hey if you guys are going to relive this through me you’re going to get all my thoughts.
I normally say give me your thoughts by the end of my posts, but if you do PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t spoil anything for me. I will never forgive you. EVER.
‘Til next time, book fam, going to go continue COM and roll my eyes at all the Chaol/Celaena moments.