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Throne of Glass Series - Review by Becca, Teen Blogger


Throne of Glass Book CoverThe Throne of Glass series, written by Sarah. J Maas, is a high fantasy adventure series, composed of five books to date: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. They follow Celaena Sardothien, a rogue trainee of the infamous Arobynn Hamel, and now a slave in the salt mines of Endovier. That is, until she is given a choice: enter a deadly competition to become the personal assassin for the King of Adarlan, or never see the light of day again. The competition offered only to the most feared and ruthless of killers. Celaena agrees to compete, though she hates to serve the King who locked her away. Her training is overseen by Chaol Westphal, Captain of the Guard, and, from afar, by Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan— both of whom are taken with her fierce spirit and witty charm. Dorian rescues her from the mines, he is her sponsor. The other competitors also have sponsors, though many with reputations far less respected than the Crown Prince’s. Celaena must stay sharp and distrustful at every turn: of her fellow competitors, of the court, and even of her own mind. Because, even in a land where a whisper of magic is punishable by death, the other would-be champions and their sponsors are willing to risk using the outlawed taboo to win.

Sarah J. Maas is a New York Times bestselling author, and she has been praised by Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and Kirkus Reviews, to name a few. She has also won a couple of other awards, such as receiving an Amazon Best Book, a YALSA (Young Adult Literary Services Association) Best Fiction for Young Adults, and being nominated for MTV’s Hollywood Crush Best YA Novel.

Sarah J. Maas is currently my favourite author. I am currently highly anticipating the release of the fifth book in the series, which will be published this coming September. The sixth and final book, currently untitled, will be released in 2017. Luckily, to pass the time, Maas also wrote and published a collection of novellas she wrote, The Assassin’s Blade. It features three short stories following Celaena Sardothien’s adventures, preceding the first book, Throne of Glass. All five of the Throne of Glass series are available at the library as print and ebooks, including The Assassin's Blade.

I received Throne of Glass for Christmas this year and finished it by the end of the day. I read the others in a similar fashion. In my opinion, one of Maas’s strengths in her writing is her ability of great character development and fantastic world building. You can truly experience the emotional journey the characters embark on in these believable lands. Yes, the names and places can be a mouthful, (Eyllwe, Adarlan, and Terrasan?) but it adds to the overall fantasy theme, as well as the time period. And, the real cherry on top, the covers are truly gorgeous. Like, unbelievably gorgeous. As a proud don't-judge-a-book-by-its-cover reader, I would never admit it, but these covers are essentially my Achilles heel.

 Throne of Glass Series Book Covers

 

So, in conclusion, I think that I would rate this series a 4.5 out of 5. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a strong female heroine, high level fantasy adventures, or to hop on a popular book bandwagon.

 

 “Libraries were full of ideas—Perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

-Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

Becca,

Teen Blogger

 

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