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Content Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Mass

Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Mass
Series: Book 1 in a series
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

  • Sexual Content:  Moderate (dialog)
  • Profanity:  Mild
  • Violence:  Heavy
  • Other Notables:  Ghosts, Demons, Magic
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Throne of Glass is a thrilling high fantasy, full of fighting, mystery and romance.  Though it isn't my personal favorite high fantasy, I know that it will be an instant love of many, and may even bring a new wave of readers to this genre.

Throne of Glass is the first Young Adult High Fantasy novel that I felt was not only written about teenagers, but also written for teenagers.  Though serious high fantasy fans may find this book less complex, those who don't normally find themselves drawn to this genre may discover that this book is the perfect fit for them.  I actually see it becoming bigger than any other YA high fantasy out there right now.  I guess we'll see!

I really loved the storyline in Throne of Glass.  There was just so much going on!  It's funny because it actually really reminded me of The Hunger Games, like if you mixed The Hunger Games, Touch of Power (Maria V Snyder), and Graceling.  With the assassin competition, a strange beast on the loose, and horrible people plotting her death at any given moment, Celaena never had a dull moment.  I loved the competition, the strange magical element and wondering who was evil and who wasn't.  In 400 pages I was never bored.

I think this is the first time that I've ever read a love triangle, and didn't have a strong opinion one way or another about who she ends up with.  I mean, I do have a favorite, but I honestly liked them both.  I read a tweet from Sarah saying that she hopes there are more books in this series than just a trilogy, so I wonder if she'll end up with either of them, or if by the end, they'll be someone completely new.  Though I don't feel like her feelings were fully developed for either of the guys, there was definitely a fair share of romance.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the "slow and steady wins the race" guy :D

One thing that I didn't care for, unfortunately, was Celaena.  I just didn't connect with her at all.  I felt like she was arrogant, and whiny, and really immature.  I also had a hard time being absorbed into the world because she was so "modern feminist" in a world that seems to be medieval.   Don't get me wrong, I love a strong heroine, but I just didn't see her as that strong.  I think it might have helped if I had read the prequels, and seen her in action, but it seemed like we were constantly told how amazing she was (mostly by her), but never really shown it.  And some of her behavior was just so childish, in a world where she would have been considered, and treated like a woman.  I did find myself rooting for her, though.  I'm hoping that in future books, she will grow and become a little more relatable for me.

There were a lot more things I liked, and a few more I didn't like.  I really liked the supporting characters, especially Nox and Nehemia.  I think Nehemia could get her own book!  I do wish that there had been more action, a few of the "trials" were just mentioned instead of described.  I like the magical elements and the mystery, but I thought it was too predictable.  I saw a lot of potential with plot twists and such that just didn't happen.  Overall, though, I did enjoy the book, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from here.

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