Aug 20, 2012

Throne Of Glass Blog Tour: Review

I stumbled upon Throne Of Glass on Netgalley and never requested it the many times I scrolled past the book. It wasn't that it didn't sound like a good book because it did. But I figured it would be one that I waited to read until its release day. I began to see all these review for this book and everyone was raving about it. I don't think I saw a review that was any less than four stars. So I went on Netgalley and finally requested the book. Boy am I glad I did that. Throne Of Glass is simply amazing. After reading this book the words "Beautifully Written." instantly pop into my mind. And its true, this book was beautifully written.

Summary from Goodreads:

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 three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. 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.

Celaena Sardothien is an assassin the best assassin around. Her name is known and people fear her because of her reputation. For over a year she has been a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. Then Prince Dorian comes and offers her a deal. Fight in a competition as his champion. If she wins she gets her freedom. But first she will have to serve for the kingdom for a certain amount of years. Is it worth serving for a king that has destroyed so much? 

Throne Of Glass doesn't hesitate to dive right into the story.  Everything instantly takes off and I will say that it took me to about chapter 3 to really get a swing of how this book was written. It was written really beautifully but there were a lot of words that had me pause to try and figure out how I might say them which slowed me down a bit when reading the book. Once I got past that though I was hooked and instantly attached to a few characters. It's been a few days now and I'm still thinking about this book and its characters. It took me three days just to even start this review because all my thoughts were turning so wildly I couldn't even begin to tell you how amazing this book was. Definitely one of those reads were you need to take a step back and really process what happened. Those are the books that you know affected you and you loved whole heartily.

Hands down Celaena Sardothien is my new favorite heroine. Reading her story was really something. Celaena is strong, witty, smart, brave, kind and so many other amazing things. At first she's very on guard never letting her walls down but as the book progress's we get to see some really awesome sides of Celaena. She's strong and she may be a killer for a living but Celaena has a heart and she has feelings. And when she cares for someone you better not even think about harming them. She's fiercely protective. Celaena is one of those characters who kicks some series butt and no one wants to get on her bad side. You may hold a sword but she could disarm you and have that sword to you're neck before you can even blink. She's that good.

Chaol. Where to I even begin to describe how much I love this character? Instantly I was intrigued by Chaol. I wanted to know more about this handsome rugged Caption of the Guard. The more I learned about him the more I fell in love with this character. He's a really reserved and serious character but when he's with Celaena he's different. He still possesses those qualities but she brings out his smile and snark and playfulness. There's a lot we still need to learn about Chaol and I can't wait to find out more in the next book.

Dorian. He was not a character that I instantly knew that I liked. It took quite a few chapters before it hit me how charming he was. Dorian is very...flirtatious I suppose it the right word. But he's also really loyal. And caring. And very funny. His interactions with Celaena were hilarious. The banter between them was priceless. The more Dorian was around Celaena the more I liked him. Honestly I think she made him a better person.

Nehemia. She was such a fantastic character. I really loved this character! I don't want to say to much about her other than she was awesome. Read this book and good luck not liking Nehemia. She's awesome. Basically every character created by Sarah J. Maas is awesome. Even the bad guys. They are awesomely bad.

Love triangles. You love to hate them. It wasn't quite as obvious as some books that there was in fact a love triangle brewing but if you payed attention to certain things it was definitely there. I already know who I'm rooting for in this series and I doubt my decision will change. 

There was a lot that happened in this book. A lot that I didn't expect to happen. Really the only thing I had figured out was who the main villain was. I don't want to talk to much about what happened because I feel that it's better to read it and be surprised. Just know that everything about this book is epic and will leave you breathless. And oh my gosh! That battle? Probably one of the best written battle scenes I've ever read. I had one specific part that was my favorite and anyone who has read the book knows what scene I'm talking about. It's breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I like to call it the white line scene. Just thinking about it makes my heart squeeze and love a certain character even more.

"This was all she had left--his outstretched hand, and the promise of hope, of something better waiting on the other side of that line." 

Throne Of Glass was all kinds of good. It's the kind of book that leaves you with so many feelings and thoughts that you feel pity towards the next book you will read because there is no way it can top Throne Of Glass. I'm giving Throne Of Glass 5 out of 5 birds. Anyone who doesn't read this book will be missing out on all the amazing characters that Sarah J. Maas created. Pick up this book ASAP! Read it and fall in love with the world. Promise you won't regret it. Actually you'll probably love it so much you'll reread it the next day. 

~~Thank you Netgalley and Bloomsbury for providing me with a copy of this book before its official publication!~~


  1. Amazing review! To tell you the truth I hadn't really given this book a second thought, at least until I read your review. It seemed very high fantasy and I tend to like very little high fantasies that I read... however I think this one sounds fantastic. Although sometimes they aren't that great I'm still totally a sucker for love triangles especially ones where you can't tell right away who will end up with who. I've got tons of other books to read at the moment but I really think I'll look into reading this one down the road.

    p.s. I LOVE the new layout!! It's prettttty.

    1. Oh Lauren you must check this one out! It's really really good. You will love it. The characters are so well created. I think you will like this one and its not really high fantasy. I'm glad you liked my review! Can't wait to see yours for this one! :D

      Thank you!! :D The girl who did the design did a fabulous. :)