Throne of Glass: Class-Act Fantasy

Throne of Glass: Class-Act Fantasy

Compliments of

Regan Mies

Take a little bit of The Hunger Games, a pinch of Game of Thrones, a whole lot of creativity, some assassins, and a castle made of glass. Throw them into a 400 page book, and you’ve got Sarah J. Maas’ young adult fantasy debut, Throne of Glass.

. . . in spite of the fact that she’s a trained assassin. . . she is a relatable character.”

— Regan Mies

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothian, the most notorious assassin in the land, is imprisoned in the grueling salt mines of the Endovier labor camp. When the Crown Prince offers her freedom, she is quick to accept his terms. She must defeat twenty-three thieves, warriors, and killers in a deadly competition to become the King’s champion. As if that isn’t challenging enough, a dark presence dwells in the castle, murdering competitors one by one. Suddenly, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival.

If I were rating this novel out of five stars, it would receive a shining four. Throne of Glass’ main protagonist, Celaena Sardothian, is powerful, independent, and real. She has her flaws, vanities, and quirks, and I felt as though she is a relatable character—in spite of the fact that she’s a trained assassin in the land of Adarlan. I especially loved her sarcasm and dry humor. My only complaint is that for as much talk of her being the world’s most dangerous assassin, the reader doesn’t get a satisfying amount of action.

Throne of Glass has the ever-present young adult love triangle, which isn’t entirely consuming—finally. Friendship and trust are strong factors in the novel, as well. In all, I felt as though the fantasy world Maas created is skillfully developed and original, as are the characters.

I am eagerly awaiting my next visit to the bookstore to purchase the second installment of the Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight. The third narrative in the series, Heir of Fire, was just recently published on September 2nd.