“After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.”
And so begins the incredible journey of Adarlan’s assassin after her possibly temporary freedom from her slave labor camp. I’ve been hearing raving reviews of these books for months, even years. I don’t know why I never started these books, but once I did, I was hooked. It took me only three hours to finish Throne of Glass, and another four to finish Crown of Midnight (review to come tomorrow).
Magic has disappeared from Adarlan, a land ruled by a vicious king from his glass throne. Celaena Sardothien, one of Adarlan’s most notorious assassins, is summoned to the castle to compete with 23 other killers, thieves, and warriors for the position of King’s Champion. The prize: freedom. If she loses, she will be sent back to prison, where certain death awaits. In the castle, the Crown Prince provokes her, the Captain of the Guard protects her, however unwillingly, and a foreign princess befriends her. But evil lurks, ready to kill. Celaena’s competition one by one dies a burtal death, and Celaena must now fight for her life too. She embarks on a mission to destroy the threat, but will she be too late to stop the threat?
Sarah J. Maas has incredible world building skills. She describes the scenes with enough detail that I can picture them but leaves enough room for imagination. One of my favorite setting was the glass castle, not because of the events and the inhabitants, but because of the idea itself. Unlike Celaena, I feel like living there would be so cool! Furthermore, I loved how she wrote in omniscient third person because it allowed her to easily switch points of view between the various characters. And speaking of characters, she was able to create such vibrant and interesting personalities. The only person who might have felt flat would be the king, but his cruelty and extremely twisted ways saw past this. Also, there was a love triangle, but what was interesting for me was that this was one of the few instances where I felt that the “friendlier” character (Prince Dorian) should end up with the girl. It just felt right somehow. The pace of the book was perfect, with enough action to keep me hooked but not too much that it felt rushed.
All in all, this book was an amazing debut book and a great start to the series. If you haven’t read these books yet and love fantasy, don’t copy me and put them off for long! I really don’t think you’ll regret reading these books.