I planned on rereading this series before I read the final book ( I still can’t believe this series just ended!!). but of course me being who I am, I didn’t start my re-read as planned and now I’m trying very hard to not be spoiled about the final book before I get to it, which will take 5 more books….
name: throne of glass-1
author: Sara J.mass
genre: YA fantasy
publishing date: 7 august 2012
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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.
I don’t know how I’m possibly going to write this review, especially since this is a re-read and I know how the series continues to be so much more! hopefully I won’t spoil anything in this review.
back when I first read throne of glass, there were things I didn’t appreciate. surprisingly enough my opinion hasn’t changed.
let’s start with I didn’t like. in this book the author praise the protagonist excessively about how a strong and fearsome assassin she is while there weren’t any actions to support that claim. in the novellas we follow Celaena through some of her adventures and there are some scenes where we see her talent. but I wished to see that in the actual book especially in the first book in the series. I wanted more action depicting her skills as an assassin. I wanted to see why she was fearsome assassin but not just hear about it!!
now the things I liked. first the characters: they were of course a wonderful cast of characters. one of the things I think most will agree is that Mass can write a wonderful cast of characters. characters you root for and want to befriend them!
yes, as the series goes on I started to have mixed feelings about the protagonist, but that’s not to say that I think she have amazing qualities. while it is a trend in YA to have timid, insecure female protagonist, I appreciated how Celaena was confident. some people may have problems with her and her character, I on the other hand think that she can be a good example of strong, confident female with flaws.
the other characters were just pure cinnamon rolls!! Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia were a joy to have them all together with Celaena!
Mass has her own special writing ( yes, it can be cheesy or cringe-y at times) but if I would choose some authors to write like Mass would definitely be on the list! just reading the first book reminded me why her books will always have a special place in my heart!
they wasn’t much action in this book nor much about the world. it was just enough to show the potential the next books might present. the first book focused more on the characters, while hiding about some clues as to what the other books might bring ( which reading the book a second time made me realize how much I’ve missed!!).
like I said I can’t believe how the story progress form here, how the characters develop and change, how everything changes really. it was a great first book in a series. Re-reading it made me realize how I’ve missed the old times!!
lastly, I just want to say that when I first started reading the book I had difficulty continuing it. I guessed it was because of the hate and negative reviews about the series and the author. yes, her books can be problematic but I still enjoy them and will always look forward for her books. bottom line is, just be mindful of how many negative reviews and hate you have to acknowledge before it starts ruing your reading experience. we should acknowledge what is wrong and be open to other people’s opinion. just don’t let it ruin your reading experience.
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Yeah it’s crazy how much the story has developed from this book- great review!!
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Thank you ☺️. I never thought the story would develop like this!
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