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Discussion: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Name: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary:

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 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.

Review:
Holy God. This was amazing.
I put off reading it for the longest time because of all the hype, I didn’t want to be the only one who didn’t like it.  But then I found it at a book sale and thought, “This is a sign from the universe telling me to read this book!” and I picked it up!
It was freaking awesome.
I love how beautifully the author built the world, I could picture everything so clearly in my mind. This is one of the first high fantasy novels I have ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think this is a great starting point for people who want to read high fantasy. The writing is simply fantastic. The third person writing was a change for me after all the first person books I read. The writing reminded me slightly of Harry Potter, I don’t know why. I loved the world in this book! The magic, the fairies and everything!

The characters in this book were so much fun to learn about! I loved the role each of them played in it. Each character is very interesting in their own way and I’m excited to learn more about them as the series goes on.

From the very first page, this book had me hooked by this amazing story full of magic and love and adventure. It was a brilliant journey!

So there’s nothing else I can say without spoiling the book for you. Read on only if you’ve read Throne of Glass. And if you haven’t, go read it and come backkk!

Discussion:

Celeana Sardothien is such a badass. I thoroughly enjoy books with a strong female protagonist like Katniss in The Hunger Games and Celeana was just fantastic. The fact that she’s an assassin, a professional killer made me first think that she’d be really cold and heartless but that was not the case! She’s loud and vivacious and just really cool. I always enjoy when characters in books like reading so she got extra cool points for being a bookworm. She is very girly as well, and loves dresses and fashion which slightly surprised me, but in a good way! I’m very excited to learn more about Celeana and her days before being Champion, I’m looking forward to learning more about her back story, like what happened to Sam, her parents and how she got caught. Also the deal with Arobynn Hamel who seems to be the hardest most strict master ever.

The contest to become the King’s Champion reminded me of The Hunger Games. There were people betting on them and only one could win the competition, it wasn’t a fight to the death, but enough people did die!

Now did any of you think the one summoning the demon would be Cain? I thought that was the most obvious choice so I ruled him out completely but then it ended up actually being him which surprised me! The duel between Celeana and Cain at the end had me on the edge. I did not think it would be as close a fight as it was!

Let’s talk about the love triangle.
Like just about every other young adult book, this one too has a love triangle. Brilliant. Dorian or Chaol? I think Chaol and Celeana have a deeper emotional connection because I think he understands her more than Dorian does. Dorian is a great guy, I’m sure, but for me, him and Celaena were more in lust than in love. That being said, I did find a lot of the scenes with Dorian and Celaena very cute like when he gave her candy and played billiards and he also bought her a puppy! There is also this Sam who was brought up several times, I haven’t read the prequel Assassin’s Blade yet so I don’t know much about him but I’m sure he will be mentioned a lot in the future books.

What did you think of this book? Please tell me in the comments!

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