TITLE: Throne of Glass
AUTHOR: Sarah J Mass
SERIES: Throne of Glass
GENRE: Fantasy – Paranormal
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I came across this book accidently. While surfing on the net idly, about fairy and fantasy, I tumbled upon the whole series published so far…
As I started reading first few lines of the book, it unveiled to me – Celaena Sardothein.
Before I go any further, let me be fair and honest here. I am a little biased towards the books having female protagonist. So, with a main female character and five paragraphs after, reading this book became inevitable. And believe me, it isn’t the decision I regret at all 🙂
I had thought of writing the review for the whole series but on second thoughts, it felt unjust. All the books of this series published so far are a marvel in themselves. Hence, I present the review of the first book of this series- The Throne of Glass.
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
PEEK – A – BOO
At the age of eighteen, Celaena Sardothein is a convict serving in the prisons of Endoveir until she is escorted out by the King’s Captain, Chaol, to present herself in front of Prince Dorian. The Crown Prince offers her to participate for competing to be the King’s Champion. The prize is her freedom after serving the king for four continuous years- an opportunity too good to refuse.
Twenty three men and Celaena contest for becoming the champion of the evil king of Adarlan. Entering the competition with an alias name- Lillian, she pretends to be an average competitor. In her journey, she befriends Prince Dorian- the handsome prince who shares the passion of reading with Celaena; Chaol Westfall- the captain of King’s guard, who trains Celaena for the competition; Princess Nehemia- Princess of Eyllwe who teaches her the language of magic, the Wyrdmarks.
With the progress of competition comes the death. Something evil is killing the competitors one by one. The strangeness and brutality of the deaths signal towards only one thing — Magic has returned in the kingdom. While investigating about the mysterious deaths, Celaena comes across a whole maze of tunnels where she unearths many hidden secrets.
Guided by the spirit of the first queen of Adarlan, helped by her friends, Celaena treads on a dangerous path to achieve her destiny. Will she succeed or succumb???
MY TAKE ON TTOG:
Sarah has given life to one of the strongest protagonist I have come across and with equally powerful storyline. Throughout the series [Yes, Couldn’t resist reading all the published parts at one go… Oops, greedy me!!], there is a whirlwind of action around Celaena which makes you grip the book and keep turning the pages non – stop.
The best part of the whole story is that every character is unique in its own. None of them over-shadowed each other. Sarah is a beautiful storyteller. The way she has weaved interesting incidents throughout the book, is praiseworthy. It certainly allows no scope for the reader to keep the book down for an instant also.
The character of Calaena is wonderfully portrayed – she has skills of an assassin, fears of orphaned child, will of a survivor, flaws of human, vanity of a woman and memories of lost homeland.
She had been a prisoner, malnourished and weak, but still she pushes herself beyond her limits while training under Chaol. She is sharp minded and observant of her surroundings as well as people. Within few moments, after she is brought in front of the prince, she deduces their intention; which renders the Prince and the Captain speechless. Her confidence impresses me the most. Staying in one of the most dangerous prisons of the kingdom, for a longer time, than most can survive – she still remains undaunted
She is haunted by her past but instead of drowning in its sorrow, she draws strength from what she had lost – to live life to its maximum. She is an assassin well known and feared among the most dangerous of thieves, rogues and assassins; and she is just eighteen !!!. She doesn’t allow the demons of her work overshadow her personality. This is evident when she saves life of another competitor in one of the drills. [I can go on and on describing Celaena 😉 but maybe we can leave the character to be dealt in a different article individually 🙂 ]
It won’t be fair if the other main characters aren’t discussed here. They also play crucial roles in the storyline. Let me start with:
Dorian- The crown prince of Adarlan is handsome and charming. Bypassing the initial hiccups, he befriends Celaena, and becomes one of her good friends. While sharing the habit of reading books they have been shown to indulge into mild romance.
Chaol- This guy intrigues me more than Dorian. Reading Chaol gives you a feeling of something contained under the lid. He is so controlled in himself. He pushes his feelings and emotions deep within himself. One may keep wondering what Chaol is thinking or how will he react to any given situation. These traits make him more mysterious and hence, more interesting [*sigh].
Nehemia- She is one of her kind, I must say. A princess with such bold and straightforward opinions. A rebel leader and master in the language of magic, she helps Celaena at her most crucial stage. She is a true match for Celaena and both become friends immediately.
The whole story has a smooth constant flow with its ups and downs at right places. The pace of events is quick which leaves you excited but not confused. From the first page itself, the things can be seen in clear perspective. The language is easy and effective.
On the top, Sarah plays with the emotions so well that one can feel them as if they were their own. I smiled at the spontaneous replies and dialogues. I felt the tension and excitement of Celaena as she travelled through the tunnels or fought with her competitors. I was saddened when she remembers her lost life. All in all, the journey between varied emotions is as good as the journey through the book.
The description of the scenes is beautiful and one can see vivid images in front of their eyes as they read through. The magic entwined in the story creeps on you slowly. It isn’t like a blast on your face but like a vine which places it footing slowly in the chapters, starting with appearance of flowers near Celaena’s cot. By the end of the book, the magic grows fully and roots itself in each and every frame of the story.
A thorough work has been done while sketching all the various characters in this book. Sarah has sketched each cast in the story with an individuality of its own. One can relate with these characters as if one has known them from a long time. Characters, whether small or big, hold their importance. Each of them holds strings of at least one twist in the whole story. Even after reading the story, it remains with you for days…. such is the effect of this great storyteller – Sarah J Mass.
To end it, I would say this… The book is a must read. Even if you may not be avid readers of fantasy genre, this book can rattle those fortifications of your belief…
Until next time… Happy reading