Sunday, June 23, 2013

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas [Review]

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)4.5 out of 5 Robots!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release: August 7, 2012
Hardcover: 404 Pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book 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 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.

Shannon's Thoughts:
I've been having a hard time trying to write this review.  On one hand I really liked this book.  I liked the fantasy elements, I like the characters, and I liked the premise.  It is written in third person, which is somewhat unique to YA.  While third person can keep a reader from really feeling connected to a character, it does allow a more omnipresent narrative and allows for more POVs.  But in the case of this book, I think third person worked really well.  Especially since we were able to spend some time with other characters and learn more about what is happening outside of Celaena's viewpoint.  I thought the characters were done really well.  Celaena is a force to be reckoned with no doubt.  I also liked Dorian the princely playboy and Chaol the responsible captain of the guard.  And even though you know about the love triangle going in, it doesn't seem to detract from the story.

But I do wish the story had a little more focus.  There were a lot of elements competing for space.  Not only was the competition happening, but there are murders, a princess from a conquered land, magic and assassination plots.  I found the competition part to be one of the more compelling elements, but there was not as much focus on it as I expected.  I felt this book had a lot of positioning to set up plots for the remaining two books in the trilogy.  I was really happy and excited where Throne of Glass left off and I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Crown of Midnight, when it comes out in August!

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