Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A Review for Throne of Glass by Sarah J.Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Posted by Donna
Release Date: August 2nd 2012
Finished Date: June 4th, 2012
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Source: For Review
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
Buy : Amazon UK / Amazon US / The Book Depo

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 kings 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.

The Review: Am I the only one who had NEVER heard of this book before I was given the opportunity to review it? I clearly wasn’t paying attention, because if I had, there is no way a book like this would have slipped past me and now after reading, I’m so pleased to say, Sarah J.Maas has created the perfect fantasy read with Throne of Glass. 

Celaena Sardothein has been trained from a young age to become a deadly assassin. When she is imprisoned for her crimes, she is thrown in a salt mine, being forced to work and is given hardly no food.  When a visit from Prince Dorian comes, Celaena is offered her freedom but it comes at a price. She must act as his champion, killing other men who are competing to become the king’s new assassin so she came claim the title herself. But how can Celaena fight for a king who believes in everything she is against? Not only that but as Celaena starts to take on her opponents, some of them turn up dead, but who is the killer? And while spending most of her time with Prince Dorian and Captain Chaol how does she stop herself falling for them? 
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I’m not even sure how to describe how great this book was because it was all kinds of awesomeness. Sarah J.Maas has a talent for creating fascinating stories, that are so beautifully written, it’s hard not to fall for her work. As soon as I started reading I was captivated from the start and it was hard to put the book down without still thinking about it. 
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The story itself was fantastic. I loved being in Celaena’s world and I just wanted to get more and more. There was such a round variety of scenes that made you feel different every different emotions from happy, excited, and hopeful to betrayed, sad and angry and I adored every minute of it. But what I really loved about this book was that the characters were so outstanding. Celaena’s not your typical character, she thinks differently from most heroines and mainly she thinks about killing or how to escape, so it was wonderful getting into her head. She’s strong and brave and I loved how witty and sarcastic she is. Then of course, the love interests; Prince Dorian or Captain Chaol – I loved them both each in their own way. I spent most of this book trying to figure out which team I was on and let me say Sarah J.Maas does not make it easy on us readers. About 80% of the book I was convinced I was Team Dorian and then Captain Chaol would do something and it would change everything. It was so frustrating but in such a good way that I’m dying to find out who she belongs with. 
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Overall, Throne of Glass surprised the hell out of me and has become of my favourite fantasy reads. Sarah J.Maas blew me away with it and I’d highly recommend it to you readers that are looking for a read that is enthralling, thrilling and beautiful.  

Thank you to Bloomsbury UK for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

17 comments:

Rie Conley said...

This does sound AMAZING! I hadn't heard of it, but I'm so glad you reviewed it because it certainly sounds like a can't miss! 

2 points. 1) Doesn't seem like this is the year of the word Glass being in the title? 2) I'm already Team Captain Chaol. I think this has to do with my absolute hatred of King Joffery. It may totally change when I'm reading it, but when the man you are seeing has the ability to kill you in a moments notice without any penalties it's a bit scary.

Thanks for the review. I'm glad you brought this one to my attention!

Carly Chambers said...

Wow amazing review Donna, I'm so glad it blew you away. I have been hearing excellent things about this one. I have it for review too so I am hoping to get stuck into it really soon. Also I really love that cover, I am definitely buying a finished copy when they are out. :)

Erin W. said...

Great review! I'm really pumped for this book. Sounds amazing, especially when some people said it reminded them of Game of Thrones . . . so I'm totally there!

Michelle Chew said...

This sounds amazing! I saw this on a blog just a few days ago and was immediately captured by the summary. But I'm excited to read that it is a wonderful fantasy read! And this cover definitely looks more dangerous and awesome than the other one. :D

thegeekyblogger said...

Throne of Glass is one of those I am thinking about reading even though it is out of my comfort zone for reads!  Great Review :)

Sam @ Realm of Fiction said...

So glad you loved it too! I was so blown away by this book and can't wait to read more from Sarah J. Mass. We need to know who the love interest will be! ;)

Mel S said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book - it's been on pre-order since I read the first of the prequel novella! I've been feeling in a real fantasy reading mood recently and can't wait to continue it! :-)

Leanne A. said...

I've been craving to get my hands on this one for awhile, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I love beautifully written, fascinating, emotional books with a strong protagonist too. :) And a Cinderella retelling, oh my! Remindes me of Cinder, actually.

Excellent review. :)

fiona hadfield said...

I have just today got a digital Galley of this. I am so excited to read it!  Great review of it too :)

Fiona

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Carina Olsen said...

Yay! I love your review, Donna. <3 So glad you loved this book. :) I am dying to read it. *So jealous.* I am nervous about the triangle though. Because I'm pretty sure I'll hate that :\ Still. The book sounds so good :D 

Andrea Modolo said...

This book sounds amazing, I've been anxiously waiting for it to come out! Glad to hear that Sarah is able to create a fascinating story. I definitely need to get this one! 

YearningtoRead said...

I'M. SO. EXCITED. FOR. THIS. BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I need to read it soon.  Before it expires on NetGalley.  Like, TODAY.  Great review  - you intrigued me even more than I already was!! :D

Sierra @ Yearning to Read

Braiden Asciak said...

Can’t wait to read this! Fantasy and me are like two pieces to a puzzle; we connect. I can say the same for sci fi though but fantasy boy I love! I’m glad that you really liked it but I am sure I’ll love it due to all the positive feedback surrounding it.

nikki_donoghue said...

I'd heard of this but had no idea what it was about. Really want to read this, can't wait for it to be released so I can! 

Rebecca said...

This one sounds FANTASTIC! Great review :) I'm a huge fantasy fan but this sure sounds good! Oh and I know it doesn't depend on the cover but what's inside the pages but I love the US version! ;D

Alyssa_Susanna said...

WOW. This book looks (and sounds) awesome. The U.S. cover is very different, but this one is epic. I love that cover. I've heard so many good things about this book. Sarah Maas sounds like a terrific author. The only thing I know I'm going to hate is the love triangle. I've said it before, I hate love triangles. Especially since I already know I'm going to like Dorian more than Chaol. Stupid Chaol (lol). But still sooooooo excited!!!! Thanks for the review!!!!

Alyssa Susanna <3

Rebecca Hipworth said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this! It sounds really different from anything else I've read. :)