3 Jul 2012

Throne of glass - Review

Throne of glass book one.
Available August 2nd 2012.

What's it about?

Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Adarlan, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition—she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land in a series of set-piece battles in the country’s stunning glass palace. But there is more at stake than even her life—for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future...

My review
I hadn't heard of this book when I was emailed by Bloomsbury about it, but it sounded just like my thing so I snapped up an early proof copy and was glad I did because I really enjoyed it.
First off, let me start with the main character Calaena, I loved her, she's so confident in her abilities and looks, but not to the point of arrogance, which is rare in YA books which I often notice have "plain Janes" who can't understand why the boy likes her. Not Calaena, she knows she's sexy and she knows she's lethal and she's not sorry for it either, the only time she'll be question a guy is when he doesn't like her, these were all traits I admired in her and she's also a loyal friend, she tries to come off unfeeling but underneath she's not and she's someone I'd love to have in my corner. And, she loves to read, always a plus for me!
I also loved Prince Dorian, *sigh* he was a good guy who see's who his father is and isn't afraid of him, he knows the man he wants to be.
Next, the story, this book reminded me of so many books at different times but had it's own voice too, it had a well woven plot that kept me entertained with lots of interesting characters and mysteries to keep me guessing. Maas did a great job with the ending, the book ended well and has left me intrigued for the next one.
The world building was another great aspect of the book, the author has really created a wonderful fantasy world full of places I'd love to visit, particularly the glass castle! I do hope the finished version has a map, this is one of those books that needs a map!

My thoughts on the cover
This cover personifies Calaena so well because she's such a bad ass lol The back has a picture of Calaena from the behind, wearing a dress, which is also really cool. I really like the colours used and the bold font, I think if Calaena designed the cover it would look just like this.

Sorry, no favourite quotes as I read an uncorrected proof which cannot be quoted from.

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  1. Sadly I couldnt get into this one :( fab review.

  2. Great review :) I am having the same problem as Sio! I find there is a lot of info at the start to try & get into, but I will be going back to it again soon. :)


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