Throne of Glass | Book Review

Thursday, 15 March 2018

After seeing all the hype that the Throne of Glass book series gets on booktube, I thought I should probably add it to my TBR. As well as booktube, my friends Katie and Paige also really enjoy the series (and I trust their opinions), so that gave me extra motivation to start the series. The final push was the fact that it got reduced to £4 on Amazon, and to me, that's a good sign to start a new book!

I was expecting to like the book due to the fact that my friends really enjoyed the series, but I enjoyed it way more than I was expecting. Although it is a Young Adult novel, it was much more mature than I was expecting. When I think of the YA genre, I instantly think of books such as Twilight (despite it being more Teenage Fiction). Therefore, I was pleasantly surprised when I began to read the book due to the mature content, such as the violence. It is hard to summarise what genre the book belongs to (though obviously, it is most likely fantasy), as Maas manages to blend aspects of many different genres together within the book.

At the beginning of the book, we are introduced to Celaena Sardothien, who has spent the past year in the slave mines of Endovier. She is a world-renowned assassin, but sadly, she got caught. However, the Crown Prince offers Celaena a deal; if she represents him in the King's tournament to find a champion, she can reclaim her freedom after four years...that is if she wins. The book follows Celaena as she competes against her competitors to win the title of the 'King's Champion'.

In the book, Maas has created a world that is full of rich culture and history. The reader feels immersed in the world, a world which is brought to life by her very detailed imagery of the landscape, buildings e.t.c. I really enjoyed that the world was set in what appears to be a sort of medieval time period. I haven't read any other books that are set during this period, and now I am very interested in reading more (such as Game of Thrones). From her descriptions, the world seems to be incredibly expansive (which can be seen on the map at the front of the book).

The story opens up quickly, introducing the main characters and plot within the first few chapters. The book maintains a good pace, something which I really appreciate in a book. As well as this, the chapters are rather short, which helps allow this fast pace to be consistent throughout the novel. It also means that you don't feel like you have to read until the end of a very long chapter, which can be a pain when you decide to do some reading before bed!

Celaena is a very interesting female character, as she is represented as being physically strong as well as vulnerable. She is a character who is full of contradictions, make her extremely relatable and likeable. She is independent, sarcastic and fights for what she wants and believes in. However, she also has her weaknesses. Within the book, she also enjoys reading and shopping, perfectly representing how women can be both strong and still be stereotypically 'feminine'.

Throughout the book, there are many different points of view. Although Celaena is the main character, throughout the chapters multiple characters are employed to allow the reader to experience events through different characters points of view. Dorian Havilliard (the Prince) and Chaol Westfall (the Captain of the Guard) are two of the other most integral characters in the book, as their points of view are integrated frequently throughout the chapters. Due to this, the reader gets to understand the personalities of these three characters extremely well. As well as this, a love triangle begins to occur within the book between these three characters. However, Maas is successful at making it believable and not ridiculously cliche, as having each of their points of view available to the reader allows us to experience their thoughts and feelings, making the love triangle more understandable.

Throne of Glass is an incredible first instalment of the series. You feel so immersed in the world from the beginning of the novel right until the end. Maas flawlessly blends together action, drama, comedy and romance to create this new and fascinating world. After reading the book, you will definitely find yourself wanting to read the following book, Crown of Midnight.

Have you read Throne of Glass? Did you enjoy it? If you did (or didn't) then please leave a comment below telling me what you thought of it! Also if you have any recommendations for me, please let me know. I always appreciate recommendations!

I also had a video review up on my channel!

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