Review Type: SPOILER
Title and Author: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Genre and Subgenre: YA Fantasy
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“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Soooooooooooo, shockingly, I have thoughts. And I’m happy to say y’all will also be treated to my snapchat reactions to specific mo’s because I’m adorable and saved some of the ones I sent to Amanda while reading.
I will just say upfront that a large part of this book was super annoying to me. Mainly because, as predicted, this book was like the Chaol/Celaena show and I couldn’t change the channel. As I said in my previous review, I’m not a fan of the Chaol/Celaena ship so all of the moments where Celaena and Chaol were staring at each other with Dorian being sad in a corner just made me want to set myself on fire.
Trying to go in chronological order in terms of my feels throughout, maybe I’m a horrible person but I was getting annoyed at Celaena for fake killing her victims. I know she’s trying to be better, but also GIRL! YOU HAD ONE JOB! It just seemed stupidly risky to do this so I was actively rooting for murder.
The fake murders had people questioning Celaena, even though she’s been pretty upfront about the whole ‘assassin’ thing. One of the other things that annoyed me was Nehemia. This may be more controversial, but she ticked me off soooo bad in this book. Like toward the middle there’s a part where she was scolding Celaena for killing people so Celaena comes clean about letting them go and she immediately starts scolding Celaena about that. Like…. what do you want, dude?
Finally, the Celaena/Chaol staring contest comes to a head when Celaena does a really cute birthday surprise for Chaol because he’s soooooooo special (she said, sarcastically) and then they finally hook up. Which was an eye-roll fest except we got this gem of a line:
Celaena is so freaking great. Then Archer decided to tell some of Celaena’s would-be victims to flee and I got mad. In retrospect, this should’ve been a red flag:
I had to censor my snaps because they got pretty heated hahaha. Here’s another Nehemia gem from this book:
TBH, I didn’t even grieve Nehemia when she died because she annoyed me that much in this book. Which I’m shocked by because I ADORED her in the first book. I do think Maas did a great job of writing the grief though. The days of barely eating, barely getting out of bed- I really felt for Celaena.
MEANWHILE, the real interesting part of this book was Dorian who discovered he had magic- WHICH I WAS NOT EXPECTING AT ALL. While he had better things to worry about like trying to make sure he wasn’t executed and stuff, we still got a lot of sad moments because he clearly still loves Celaena very much:
Pretty quickly after they start hooking up, the rebels take Chaol and Celaena goes into full rage mode. Even though I’m not about the Celaena/Chaol ship at all I am about angry Celaena because she’s terrifying.
Celaena finds out Chaol, like the idiot he is, didn’t tell her that Nehemia received threats on her life and died because of it. So he essentially chose his loyalty to the King over her, thus (theoretically) ending the Celaena/Chaol ship. And angels sing hallelujah. Celaena tries to kill Chaol so he throws her in the dungeons because he ‘had no choice’…. whatever you have to tell yourself, bud. Here he is feeling bad about that in the most Chaol possible way:
While Chaol is busy pouting, Dorian and Celaena hang out and he consoles her over the loss of her friend because he’s adorbs:
So we get that weird creature in that tower which I guess the King has been experimenting with, more on that later I assume. Then Celaena has the brilliant plan to try to use a spell to talk to Nehemia. I’m sure nothing will go horribly wrong there.
Archer makes an appearance here to tell Celaena that he was the one who killed Nehemia and he manipulated her into mistrusting Chaol. Except Chaol also just did the wrong thing, but we’ll go with that sure:
Nehemia appears for a hot sec, but then some terrifying creature pops up and Celaena is shocked even though Nehemia warned her about this like five seconds ago. Luckily Chaol and Dorian make it just in time for Chaol to get taken by the creature so Celaena has to do everything herself. Fleetfoot almost got taken too and I swear to you guys if that had happened I would’ve been done with this crap. No one hurts the little pups.
So my mind was blown at this point because Celaena goes into that portal and we find out that SHE’S FREAKING FAE! WHAT?!?!?!?! Being a human is like her transformation thing like how other fae transform into animals and I didn’t see it coming and I’m all about it.
Celaena runs after Archer and murders the crap out of him, and again I was rooting for murder so I don’t really know what this series is doing to me. Then we got this gem of Chaol creeping on Celaena:
THEN Chaol has the brilliant plan to send Celaena to Wendlyn without having all the information he needs to know if that’s a good plan. Poor Dorian knows the least, so when Chaol presents this plan this poor little baby is very upset and betrayed. Guys, can we make Dorian an OK Cupid profile or something because he deserves love. If this series gives me nothing else, give me a happy Dorian.
We get some more eye-roll moments between Chaol and Celaena where she says she would always choose him or some bs that I’m praying isn’t true. Then she whispers a date in his ear and once he puzzles it out he realizes SHE’S FREAKING AELIN ASHRYVER GALATHYNIUS, RIGHTFUL QUEEN OF TERRASEN!!!
I’m typically good at foreseeing reveals like this, but I had no freaking idea this one was going to happen. I suspected it in the first book, but then when Aelin was mentioned and we got Celaena’s POV she was just like “Aelin is dead, people need to stop thinking she’s raising an army or something.” And because she was talking about Aelin like a separate person I just assumed she was one, but she just gave up being Aelin which totally makes sense.
GUYS!!!!! I’m so happy because I thought Celaena was going to just up and die at some point and Aelin was going to replace her, so happy my girl is here to stay for a while!!!
So overall thoughts: My mind was blown this time for sure, but Maas kept trying to make fetch happen with the Chaol/Celaena ship and I was not about it. It still didn’t reach the five-star point yet because of all the times I got annoyed, but I’ve heard its book 3 or 4 when the series really takes off anyway.
I did start Heir of Fire already so my review for that one should be up next week. Here’s hoping the Celaena/Chaol ship is forever dead and buried because…no. Who knows, maybe if they stop trying to make that ship happen Chaol might not annoy me as much. Guess we’ll have to see *shrugs*.
Please feel free to comment below and fangirl with me, just be careful not to spoil anything! Til next time, book fam! ❤