Genre: YA fantasy
Publication date: August 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
How does one write a review of a book with a ton of hype? Hmm . . . Well, I'll give it a try.
Throne of Glass was such a good fantasy. It didn't turn out to befantastic but I think it deserves the hype it's received.
From what I've heard of this series, I went into Throne of Glass expecting a) a seriously kickass heroine with a name I can't spell or pronounce, b) fantastic world building, and c) Chaol (and another guy in the love triangle, but Chaol was name I had recognized). What did I get? All three of those things and even more!
Celaena surprised me, actually. I knew she was supposed to be awesome, but I didn't expect her to be so FUNNY. I can't count how many times she made me laugh throughout the entire book. She was incredibly cocky, strong, arrogant, and vain. She loved clothes and books (when does a tough heroine ever love both of those things?) and could play the pinaforte. At the same time, though, the assassin had this really soft and caring side that made her character even better and more likable. Celaena was probably . . . one of the best heroines I've read about in awhile.
I loved this world. I usually like the worlds in fantasy novels because they oftentimes have rich descriptions, a royalty system, some historical elements, weird names, cool clothes, and some sort of unique twist. Oh, and great romance (I love a fantasy with good romance). There's usually some conspiracies, secrets, and drama mixed in too. The world of Throne of Glasshad all of those, so it definitely disappoint. One of the things that stood out to me the most, though, was the fae/magic elements. Sure, there wasn't a ton of them (considering how magic had disappeared in the world), but I really liked what was there (like the Wyrd marks and Elena).
The world building was pretty nice--it did leave me with quite a few questions, though. However, I have a feeling that much more of it will occur in Crown of Midnight, so it wasn't a bad thing that I had questions.
I haven't decided on which guy I want Celaena to be with more, yet: Dorian or Chaol. I'm leaning more towards Dorian, but there are qualities of Chaol that make me wish that he and Celaena will form a romantic relationship. Both are really good characters, though they're far from my favorite heroes.
The most stand out characters of this book are the female ones, though. Sorry, guys . . . you haven't quite proved how amazing the two of you are yet. Celaena was an amazing heroine, and her best friend was pretty darn cool too. Nehemia was one of my favorite characters--she's a very strong and very loyal princess. I was so, so glad to see her and Celaena form a really good bond with one another. It was nice to see a great female friendship in this book.
I'm definitely glad I started this series! It was a really well written fantasy novel with a super awesome heroine. The biggest drawback was that it moved pretty slow for me--because of that, the book wasn't as good as it could've been. Other than that, though, the book lived up to the hype, and I can't wait to read the sequel and the novellas!
My question for you:
What makes a fantasy great?
What are a few of your favorite fantasies?