‘Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for Greatness.’
This novel or the series may not be on the ‘to study’ category, but it’s definitely intellectually and creatively stimulating. Also this review has spoilers!
With eight books in the series (including the Prequel), Sarah J. Maas blew me away from the very first page. I’ve only read the first two books, but damn, every word had me tingling to read the next. Maas’ series spiked up my creative side and provoked me into a spiral of writing myself.
I’d just like to applaud the main lead, Celaena Sardothien. Smart, cunning, lethal and headstrong, she’s every feminist’s dream portrayal of a woman.
The first novel introduces Celaena as the land’s best assassin; not exactly something to be proud of but the way Maas writes so captivatingly makes you want to fall into the world of Throne of Glass. Celaena, merely eighteen, has been imprisoned for the past year and is now hired to be the corrupt King’s champion in an absurd and deadly competition – the competitors consisting of the worst prisoners of the Kingdom. With a lot of fighting, forbidden magic, self-realisation, charming boys and an enchanting love triangle, the first novel in this fantasy romance series packs an impactful punch and makes you want to dive right into the next.
Throne of Glass is also a tad bit confusing and for me, it was mainly due to its magical component. I love fantasy themes and the fact that this book was a little bit of a challenge for me made me fall in love with it even more. In the novel, there are these re-occurring murders – wonderfully written descriptions of horrendous ripped apart bodies that you can really visualise. Maas’ detailed writing clearly alludes to the deaths being caused by a magical being or monster of some sort. These deaths are of the competitors and therefore there is a constant built up of suspense and tension throughout the novel of who or what is killing the competitors and who will die next?
Along with the suspenseful plotline, there is also an enticing love triangle that tugged on my heart strings. Let me just delve into the guys in the novels. One’s tall, dark and handsome and the other is all golden hair and ocean eyes – the men in the series are sexy, funny and definitely into our beautiful protagonist. Our main lead has a brief but sweet dalliance with a Prince in the first book and the novel has a foreshadowing end, foretelling another great romance in the second book. One thing I really enjoyed was how Celaena didn’t trust anyone and hence it was incredibly difficult for her to open up to the guys and let people in.
Something that surprised me was that I enjoyed the third person narrative. Usually I’m not a fan if it’s not from a first person perspective. However, Maas won me over in that category too. The detailed descriptions are alluring and the swift dip in and out of the multiple characters’ minds lets us know what everyone is thinking.
You all should definitely start reading this series. I’m certain you’ll fall in love with it like me!