Today’s review is on Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
I have been meaning to reread Throne of Glass for a couple of years, but for whatever reason, I just never got around to it. I’d even toyed with the idea of just finishing up the last three books in the series, even though it had been a while since I’d read Queen of Shadows (Book 4) and I knew I’d probably be very confused. For me, I knew I needed to reread the first four books in the series and then continuing on t finish it. I do have a review from back when I read it the first time, click here if you want to read what I originally wrote. This review is going to be apart review, part me mentioning things I noticed time around, and will probably contain spoilers, so be warned!
Throne of Glass opens up with 18 year old Celaena Sardothein who is a slave in the brutal salt mines of Endovier, after having been arrested the year before. Before the salt mines, she used to be a dangerous assassin. One day, the Crown Prince – Dorian – and the Captain of the Guard – Chaol Westfall, make her an offer that gives a glimmer of hope. Take part in a competition to become the King’s assassin, if she wins, she can free after 4 years of being under the king’s employ, if she loses, she’ll be returned to the salt mines where she probably won’t survive another year in those horrid conditions. She takes them up on their offer and goes with them to Rifthold to take part in the tests. However, soon after her arrival, one of the Champions is found dead, with all his vital organs gone, and no one knows what kind of monster would do such a thing. However Celaena, starts having vivid dreams of the ancient queen, Elena, who tells her she needs to win the Championship, as well as discover who or what is causing the strange and dark occurrences in the castle. Will she be successful?
I’ll be honest, I think I enjoyed Throne of Glass much more this time around because I was able to catch a lot of the foreshadowing for things that are revealed in later books. I didn’t pick it up the first time, but rereading it after reading the first four books in the series, I’m picking up hints that the author drops about Celaena’s true identity, which is interesting because I had thought it just came out of nowhere, but it doesn’t.
I find the world so interesting, but yet it is also rife with suffering and despair because of the ruthless king who seeks to conquer not just Erilea, but the whole world. It was also interesting to learn more about the magic system – which is supposed to be gone – in the novel, and how it is used by several characters. It seems to be based on Celtic mythology – I could be wrong though.
I enjoyed getting reacquainted with the characters, particularly Celaena, and her friend Nehemia. Celaena reminds of me of Loki a little bit, especially in her earlier conversations with Chaol… but that could also be because I had watched the first episode of Loki when I started Throne of Glass.
I didn’t mind Chaol and Dorian either, but their petty jealousies with each other over spending time with Celaena is ridiculous. But that is also because I’m just not a huge fan of love triangles in general. Even though the High Preistess is only in one scene, she still reminded me of Mother Talzen, the leader of the Night Sisters in Star Wars: Clone Wars.
I liked the plot, it was an interesting start to what is a good fantasy series, and really this book is the calm before the storm in a lot of ways, like from what I remember it goes from 0-100 pretty quickly in the next book.
Overall, I enjoyed my re-read of Throne of Glass and I am looking forward to picking up Corwn of Midnight very soon. 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.