- 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.
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 rather unimpressed. I shoved the series in a corner of my bookshelf and tried to ignore the massive hype around these books. 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. This book is totally everything I wanted from Throne of Glass but didn’t get. The writing is stronger, the execution is amazing, EVERYTHING IS PERFECT. And Celaena is legitimately badass now. 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. (Ok, I wasn’t thrilled at Nehemiah’s death. There’s that).
I’d definitely say to read The Assassin’s Blade before this one. It is a million times more emotional after those novellas. Celaena’s reactions make WAY more sense and totally broke my heart.
But seriously, HOW IS THIS BOOK SO GOOD?!! 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, mystery, awesome fantasy stuff, and drama.
The part that totally sold me on this series was that scene that ends with the line “There was a scrape of nail against stone, and then the sound of breathing. It was not her own.”
I love that Celaena becomes so much stronger in this book, yet also feels 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. 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. And Dorian seriously is the most underrated character in this series. AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT CHAOL FOR A MINTUE?! He is so wonderful in this book and I love him so much. But this series really is about Celaena’s journey for me… not her love interest. I do love how the characters are all complex, flawed people who change with life’s events instead of staying static. Certain relationships worked at certain points in this series, so I don’t particularly feel like I need to pick one to support and then trash the rest. They’re all great.
This is the kind of book I’m desperate to see as a movie, yet never want it to be turned into one because I love it too much to see anything slightly ruined. I just love this entire world and am so grateful it exists. You can tell Maas really knows her mythology, LOTR, and other fantasy stories!