GENRE: Fantasy, YA
SERIES: Throne of Glass, #1
Hello beauties! Today we are discussing Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! This is the first book in a new series that is rumored to eventually consist of 5-6 books! Don’t get me wrong, I love trilogies, but I’m so excited that this is going to have more to it becasue there are so many different way this series could go!
We are following a young assassin known as Celaena, a year ago when she was 17 she was betrayed, captured thrown into a death camp called Endovier. Set up as a salt mine, the average life span is scarcely over a month for it’s prisoners, Celaena is far from average though; known through out the empire as the most notorious assassin, the Assassin King’s protege. Without warning she finds her self dragged before the crowned Prince, Dorian, and is offered her freedom if she is willing to do something for him. The King is having a competition to find a royal assassin and she must act as his champion. Her opponents are men- to 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 four years and then be granted her freedom (and Prince Dorian will win a considerable amount of money from his bet). Although Celaena was caught, she is far from stupid and takes the deal and she soon finds herself in the palace of glass, set to train and then face off against her 23 opponents. And then contestants start turning up dead. The stakes raise as Celaena realizes the tasks aren’t the only thing that could kill her, she must also avoid becoming the killers next victim.
I just flew through this book, it is wonderfully told! Spoilers beyond here, read the book then come back and discuss!
I am 100% with Celeana, I would not be comfortable living in a glass castle or any structure of glass for that matter. I may not be scared of heights, but forever walking on glass floors would freak me out terribly. Having a bed on glass, just no. I don’t think I’d be able to handle it. I love Celeana’s dressing woman, Philippa, I wish we had gotten to see more of her becasue she handles Celeana so well, she is just so sassy!
We are also introduced to Lady Kaltain. First impression of her is that she is just a manipulative bitch who is used to getting what she wants. We keep getting mentions of her taking opium for headaches and I just assumed that she was an addict and the headaches were because of that, but then we get this reference of Perrington twisting his ring and a strong pulse going through her head. I didn’t think too much abut it until the end when everything was brought together but that was roughly the time I started suspecting Perrington has something to do with the murders.
Princess Nehemia, I was suspicious of her the first time she said she had no idea what the Wyrdmark were. I knew she was hiding something but I didn’t buy into the idea Celaena had of her being the cause of the murders. I really liked their friendship though. It was nice for Celaena to have a female friend.
Prince Dorian, I love this character! At first he comes across as a spoiled, womanizing brat, but he’s really not that at all. He’s so sweet and so vulnerable. On the on hand you can tell he sort of wants his father’s approval, but he so passionately disagrees there is nothing he thinks he can do except only half-ass obey. Like he was told he needed a champion for a competition he didn’t like so he chose Celaena becasue his father wouldn’t like her. I love when he gives her the puppy! And when they play pool and when he walks in on her playing the piano and we learn about Sam. Does anyone else think Sam may not be dead? We’re told he’s dead but people would have thought Celaena’s dead to when she was really still alive in Endovier. I want to learn more about him, but I can’t say I want him to come back. I love when he lend Celaena the books and has the note saying I rad these and liked them so now you have to read them so we can talk about them. I just love it when our characters love to read!
We have this nice love triangle building. I gotta say I’m team Dorian right now. I think he brings out the best in Celeana and really gets her to open up and take a break from her serious life. She gets to relax with him. That being said we really don’t know anything about Chaol yet. He’s so professional and doesn’t say anything about himself ever. It’s frustrating. Obviously he cares about her and she cares about him, but on her part it’s more of a friendship/mentor ship bond. He pushes her which is good but there just isn’t really anything there yet. We see a bit when he lets his guard down and they have a few laughs but for the most part their relationship is business. It was a little frustrating at times when he’d be getting jealous and you’re like “well Bud, she’s not psychic and you haven’t exactly been acting like warm apple pie.” That’s a really weird comparison there. Whatever, point still valid. It was so awkward when they were at the ball just standing there until Dorian came to ask her to dance. I know, he was doing his job, keeping it discreet, blah, blah, bah.
I love these tests! The anticipation waiting to find out what the next one was was so wonderful. when she has to climb the wall and all the competitors make the obvious choice or rope and she wants tar, so cleaver! And she was going to win but then she goes to save Nox and ends up coming 18th. Her and Chaol’s banter after that was so humorous! And that’s when we start to learn more about Arobynn, her mentor. At first I thought he was this nice guy for taking in these kids but as we learn more he was really a huge asshole to these children, “Second place is a fancy name for the first loser.” And then he stuck her on a roof becasue she was scared of heights and had her break her right hand so she could be better with her left. Although it made her a fantastic assassin, it was horribly cruel. Back to Celaena and Nox, I was really happy about their friendship and glad they were allies, but whenever she was training him I got pretty nervous. You still have to fight against him! I mean I wanted her to but at the same time, there’s a lot at stake! I liked the way Sarah J. Maas got rid of him without him being eliminated or her fighting him or him being killed. It was really well done and the most satisfying way to have him dismissed. The fight seen when sees facing off against Verin and she doesn’t even draw his sword and kicks his ass in under a minute after he was taunting her and making fun of her being a girl. It was so funny! Just yes!
We have this secret passage in Celaena’s room that leads to the tomb of Queen Elena, the first Queen who was part Fey. I had totally forgotten that Celaena was part fey! It’s mentioned in passing in like the second or third chapter when the are traveling by the woods and she waked up to find a white flower (supposedly given to her by a fairy.) But the the Queen has a line “Blood ties can’t be broken” so Celaena is somehow decedent from her or something. She was so unclear this whole time, as spirit people often are. But what I she was getting at was the Celaena needed to become Queen to fix the world. Another reason why I think she’s going to be with Dorian. How do you become Queen? You marry a prince.
These murders and the Wyrdword signs! Ok I was suspicious of Cain when we first saw him kneeling by the clock tower when Nehemia and Celaena were out walking. What I thought for awhile is the Cain was controlling Perrington and that Perrington was the monster somehow. That he could magically be transformed by Cain and do his bidding. Then later there is another reference to seeing Cain and Celaena says he doesn’t look quite human, he’s bigger then she remembers and then she tells Nox to stay in his room? I almost immediately jumped to werewolf. Like he is the monster. But I was off on both accounts. Perrington is controlling Cain to summon this monster through a Wyrdword portal.
Elena gave Celaena this “magic necklace” that belonged to her and in theory (Elena SAID) it would protect her. Which naturally I took to mean actually do something to protect her against this evil magic creature that was killing everyone. Or make her resistant to magic influence or this creature’s poison or so magic creatures can’t “see” her or whatever. Something! What does that necklace do when she’s attacked by the ridderak? Jack squat. It pulses when it comes through the Wyrdword portal right infront of her and then again when it dies. Thanks! She definitely didn’t already process those two things! Good job, magical protection necklace, very helpful! What is the point of this thing? Does she just not know how to use it? Maybe that’ll come into play later but Queen Elena defiantly made it sound like she couldn’t be hurt by the magical Wrdword monster. So I wasn’t worried at all during that scene. I kept expecting the necklace to jump in and do something, but no, she stabbed the thing and the Nehemia saves her ass. WHAT IS THE POINT OF THIS THING?!?!
And then we have this final duel between Cain and Celaena. That was stress. She was so defeated becasue of this drug and she comes back and she deserves that win by the end. But that scene, so stressful to read.
We only see the King and the beginning and the end really but I think Celaena, Nehemia and even Dorian are way underestimating him. We see at the end he is so far from stupid. He knows exactly what is going on. He isn’t just destroying magic he actually understands it and knows how to use these Wyrdmarks. Duke Perrington, as I said before I thought Cain was using him but its actually the reverse. He is a magician. These two are a serious force to be reckoned with and they are being seriously undermined. Nehemia said she didn’t think the King understood what the Wyrdmark on Celaena’s face was and not to worry about it. Nope. He knows what’s up. I wouldn’t be surprised if he knew Nehemia was a magician and a spy and was playing her. he built the clock tower surrounded by Wyrdmarks, obviously it’s meant to do something.
That is all for now becasue I have to head to work! Bye lovelies!