donderdag 8 augustus 2013

Review: Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's
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Summary from goodreads: 
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 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.

What I think: Throne of Glass is a book that not everyone will love or even like, but I thought it was very entertaining and sat on the tip of my chair on several occasions.

Caleana the main character in this book is an assassin, this is kind of badass for a girl and especially one that’s not even a proper adult yet (Caleana’s words, not mine). I loved Caleana though; she is smart, athletic, pretty and kind of honest in her own way. She was a fresh wind throughout all the heroines in the Young Adult books I’ve been reading. For ones she wasn’t this sad little ugly duckling that is afraid of the world and needs saving. Caleana can take care of herself, she knows she is beautiful and she isn’t afraid to show it off.

As much as I liked Caleana there were also some questions. They never actually showed us how good of an assassin she is. She keeps on telling us that she is totally awesome but well I haven’t seen proof of this. The stories she tells us in the book are pretty amazing assassin stuff (at least I guess, how should I know what an assassin does..). Also the thoughts she has at the beginning are pretty badass and not something any normal girl would think about, but after a few chapters she starts to get normal. Yes she wears a handmade knife around, but well that’s about it on the kick ass assassin part.

The love triangle is average, both guys seem nice, beautiful and strong but the overall picture isn’t really clear. Maybe I’ve read too much about love triangles lately and am I just a bit bored with them, but this one seemed a bit dull.

The story overall is good, it’s not amazing but I liked it. I thought it was pretty obvious on a few occasion when the storyline would go, but was surprised myself when it didn’t go as I thought it would. The story drags you in and I couldn’t help myself with cheering Caleana on in the competition.

The sequel to this book is on my to-read list and I’m curious about what will be happening to our still existing love triangle and horrible King. Will Caleane finally get her freedom?

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