Throne of Glass
By Sara J. Mass
It is absolutely a great book!!! I finish it within two hours!!! (I kept reading that night...first Atlantic Gene, Queen of Tearling, then Throne of Glass. Reading night~Sigh~wonderful~) And the book cover look gorgeous~ (The Chinese version was especially beautiful, although it was far from the original cover design. But...I think the design was even better!!!)
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.
What I love about Sarah J. Maas' books is the characters!!! They're all so great! Even the villain. Celaena was an extremely strong character, as an assassin, she learned how to protect herself and how to survive...and she even won the name of Adarlan’s greatest assassin. At the beginning of the book, Celaena was already captured by the King...fighting to survive. However, here came the prince! Prince to the rescue...as if she needed him... And...the Captain of the Guard came as well!!! (I need you~XD) As for the rest of the plot...hmm...go and read the book!
To me, this book was really like a different world's Hunger Game. A world with magic and Fae and demon. Well...it wasn't particularly Hunger Game...but as you can see...survive from the tasks and become the King's Champion among 24 people...even the number of people are the same. So...what can I say about that? Besides...it was also kind of a disutopia...since the King was horrible as well. And more important, we got the romance! The relationship between Celaena and Dorian plus Celaena and Chaol...blablabla... (Don't worry...there isn't love triangle between the three of them...at least for now...or to me.) Even Chaol, the captain of guard, eventually started to trust Celaena...although she was extremely dangerous. (Yeah! Team Chaol!)
While...enough for the similar part! Let's talk about the characters! (As I did in ACOTAR) First, the assassin! Celaena well...she was a powerful woman..apparently, otherwise she wouldn't survive in the harsh place...and loved luxuries. Yes, you hear me...she loved luxuries. After she moved into the castle...she long for beautiful things, since she was once very very rich. And what's more...she loved to read! Yeah! One point to Celaena! Throughout the story we can read Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol discussing books~ I love characters that read books...just like me. Haha! More than those personalities, Celaena was cunning, smart and loyal to friends. She cared for others...from her reaction when Nox fell and her interaction with Nehemia...she was a perfect friend. So, those personalities make readers fall in love with her...at least for me...and at least in this book... Next, the prince! Dorian! Ahh!!! Cheer for the handsome prince! Hmm...I believe Dorian was more "important" in this book...compared to Chaol. He was handsome, humorous...and a prince. (Does that count as a virtue?) yet however, he was a prince that was under his father's extremely control. But to me, Dorian had change after he met Celaena, he was no longer the prince that played around and flattering with girls...he had change. But not much in this book...by I can say that he's an interesting character and much more to do in the future. The last one... (Drum roll please~) Chaol!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!! (Screaming in my room!) He was the Captain of the Guard. He was loyalty, strong, extraordinary handsome and read!!! (Well...Dorian read as well...but Chaol was sooo hot when he was talking about books!) To be honest, I hadn't fallen in love with this character in the first book, that's what happens in the next. But in this book, he first appeared as an unpleasant character. Always watching or Celaena as if she would kill at any moment... (But I don't blame him...she was the assassin...and a great one after all.) Later, he had gradually changed, although still suspecting Celaena, he started to admire her ability and her skills. They had become friends. WoW! (Just love when Chaol gave the ring to Celaena! I tried every way to find the exact ring I imagine...but that is so hard! The most resemble one is from Pandora...but the jewel in the middle isn't as big as the book said...sigh...) So they are the main characters!!! Yeah!!! While there are other important characters like Nehemia and Nox, I'll just keep them for you to find out.
To sum up...it was a great book, despite the fact that it was a bit like Hunger Game...but...with all those magic creatures and wonderful characters, it was fine to me that there were similarity between them. I highly recommend this series...but be prepared...reading Sarah J. Maas books was a point with no return...you need strong heart to accept all those changes and her books will keep haunting you until the end of the series. If you love simple story...never step into the world of Fae...there was no way back. (Even though I enjoy being tortured by her books...sigh...)
The first edition's cover