- Page Count: 418
- Release Date: August 27, 2013
- My Rating: 5 stars
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Updated thoughts from my re-read before Empire of Storms are all below!
HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?!
You win. All of you. You were right. This series is everything.
I read Throne of Glass last year and was pretty unimpressed. I shoved the series in a corner of my bookshelf and tried to ignore the massive hype around these books in the bookstagram/booklr world. I don’t even know how I ended up giving this series another shot, but pretty sure I’m chalking that up to one of the best life choices I’ve ever made.
Let me just say — I get the hype now. I think I just got a new favorite series/obsession. And everything that annoyed me in the first book is completely gone! This book was totally everything I wanted from Throne of Glass but didn’t get. The writing is a million times better, the execution is amazing, EVERYTHING IS PERFECT. It took me forever to read because I kept staring at it in shock like how is every single page this good?!?! Whyyyy did it take me so long to read this?! I knew most of the plot points already because there is just no avoiding this fandom, but that actually didn’t ruin anything.
This seriously might be one of my top 10 favorite books of all time. Absolutely every part of the plot was perfect. There is NOTHING that I didn’t like about it… like I seriously have nothing bad to say. I want to pick up the next book, but will probably just sit here in stunned silence for a bit.
Seriously read The Assassin’s Blade before this book! It is a million times more emotional after that and Celaena’s reactions make WAY more sense. And totally broke my heart. But I’m still not even going to try to summarize the plot here because the way it all gets unveiled is perfect.
But seriously, HOW IS THIS BOOK SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE?!! Oh my goodness. I was fangirling the whole way through because the character development in this is AMAZING. And the plot arc and pacing are incredible… everything comes together so well. It’s like the perfect balance of romance, action, suspense, mystery, awesome fantasy stuff, and drama.
The part that totally sold me on this series was that scene in the tunnel that ends with the line “there was a scrape of nail against stone, and then the sound of breathing. It was not her own.” Yaaaasssss. So awesome.
I love that Celaena becomes so much stronger in this book, yet also feels to me like she’s at a weaker/more vulnerable point because she’s trying so hard to fight for a good future without acknowledging the inevitable path she’ll have to take. I cannot stand her in the first book but love her SO much in the sequels. Maas just does such an amazing job of writing complex characters with traumatic pasts who are completely broken, yet who still force themselves to keep going.
Ughh so many feels. Dorian seriously is the most underrated character in this series. Someone give the guy a hug and a friend asap.
AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT CHAOL FOR A MINTUE?! He is so wonderful in this book and I love him so much. But I think fans really need to acknowledge that this series is about Celaena’s journey. It’s not about her love interest. I would not stand for a love triangle or changing love interest that didn’t feel 100% authentic… but this is so incredibly well done. The characters are all complex, flawed, multi-dimensionlal, and don’t stay static. They change with life’s events, which means sometimes old relationships are no longer the best situation for them… I know this is super upsetting for some fans, but I personally like how it’s handled.
So I completely disagree with any hate that Chaol or Maas get after this book. That might be an unpopular opinion, but I get to type whatever I want here. AND I LOVE IT ALL.