Monday, March 17, 2014

Audio Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Book: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
By: Sarah J. Maas
Published: January 1, 2012
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children

Description: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

My Thoughts: You know you like a book when you hold off doing everything but listening to it/reading it. You know its great when it causes you to laugh out loud in a room full of people doing real life things, and they look at you like you’re crazy, and you look back like they must be doing something wrong not to understand the amazingness that is your current read.

The thing that makes Throne of Glass so great is that its so unlike what I normally find in YA. This isn’t some book about some innocent little girl, afraid to say what’s on her mind and allowing some man to protect her and make everything okay. No this is about a strong woman who took all life gave her and grew with it. She’s not afraid to say what’s on her mind, no matter who’s on the other side of her often rude/shocking remarks. She doesn’t need to be rescued, and she’s not some lovesick puppy just waiting for a guy to look at her. She’s dealt with things that made her hard, and she is still able to be sexy and appreciate womanly things.

Speaking of womanly things, I absolutely love her style. She likes dresses, and being pretty, and yet always has a place for her weapons somewhere on her body. She also has some sort of power we know nothing about, but what I think I can guess. There are hints in the book, but never enough to be completely certain.

Magic exists in this story, only it doesn't because it's been taken away somehow. The Fae exist, though no one has seen one in forever. People worship the Gods, and demons also exist, somewhere. I don't want to repeat the synopsis, because that basically explains this story and what happens in it, but I must add, that it doesn't explain how freaking awesome this story is. I will read it again in the next few weeks I think. It had everything I like and I just love it.

There's a hint of love triangle without overpowering the whole story, but more on the part of the guys and less on the part of Celaena. She could care less, though she frequently uses her appeal to her advantage. She's so cocky I love it.

There just isn't enough I can say about this story. Do yourself a favor and read it. I love it so much and I can't wait to read the next story, so I'll just stop here so I can get to it.


Lan said...

I've been a bit wary of this one because I don't think The MC and I will get along. I do love a strong heroine but I'm worried she'll be too arrogant for me. May add it to the TBR out of curiosity!

Unknown said...

This book sounds more than amazing. I will definitely pick this up! I read the review for the second book too, and it sounds like a good study piece for me, something I can read that might give me ideas for do's and don't for my own project. Thanks for putting me on! I'm currently backed up but when I get to it I'll definitely give you an update!

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