Prepare of a crazy, enjoyable adventure of fighting, romance, and a little magic in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. In the kingdom of Adarlan, the king, who is never actually given a name, holds a competition to find his new champion. The Crown Prince Dorian decides that his competitor in the contest will be Adarlan’s assassin, the infamous Celaena Sardothien. Celaena must overcome an unknown evil as well as deal with a king who hates her, two men who have feelings for her, and a nation that would fear her if they were to know who she really is.
Lots of YA books have strong female leads now a days, but none are entirely similar to Celaena Sardothien. She doesn’t focus on her feelings, but instead focuses on her goal and saving the people from an evil that no one knows anything about. She is a trained killer who doesn’t really care what people think about her occupation. She does somewhat care about what she looks like, like all girls do.
Maas takes the reader on a wild ride that is impossible to put down. The story is well paced and interesting. There are multiple times in the story in the when the point of view switches to a character that isn’t Celaena, but not for very long, and it gives the reader a clear understanding of their motives and feelings. These point of views don’t take away from the story, but instead add a new depth to side characters and Celaena as well. Maas writes an entertaining YA book that focus heavily on romance/ love triangles like Twilight and The Hunger Games tend to do. She instead focuses on the obstacles that characters must over to stay alive and on making her main character someone who people enjoy reading about. She takes fantasy to a new level for a new generation. Sure teens grew up on Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and the Olympians, but this is fantasy to the extreme, even without magic. The only major fault is that the main the identity of the main villain is very predictable.
Over all, I give Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas an 8/10 stars. It is a fun read for boys and girls alike. Fans of J.R.R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series will really enjoy this book. Hopefully the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint.