Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's most notorious assassin finally gets a chance at earning her freedom after being enslaved in the salt mines of Endovier for over a year. All she has to do is win a competition and become the King of Adarlan's Champion, then serve him for four years. (Or something like that) Probably should be easy for her, but the castle is full of lies, secrets and weird happenings. There is a lot more to this book than just this Hunger-Games-like competition that a lot of people have described it as.
The characters and the world Sarah has created here are just magnificent. The whole series so far, in fact, is fantastic. For me, Throne Of Glass is one of THOSE books. The book that you can't stop thinking about, the world is stuck in your head and the characters are constantly on your mind. The series made me cry and laugh an equal amount. (also gasp and throw down the book more times than I can count, thanks Sarah for messing with my feels).
I've heard this question asked a few times: 'Do I need to read The Assassin's Blade before I read Throne Of Glass?' (If anyone doesn't know, The Assassin's Blade is a group of 5 prequel novellas combined into one book) The answer is no, you don't NEED to read it, but you might understand the world better if you do. However, I would recommend reading it before you read Queen Of Shadows. (Should you decide to continue on with the series) There are some characters from The Assassin's Blade in the book and it's better if you know what they were like before. Just my opinion.
Anyway, my overall rating for this book: 5/5 stars
Fantasy elements: 4/5 stars
Funniness value: A couple of laughs, 3/5
Romance: Love triangle, done pretty well: 4/5
Main character: 4/5. Celaena is badass and just plain awesome. She can be a bit of a spoiled brat though, but she develops as a person throughout the series
Should you spend money on this book?: If you think the premise sounds cool, then definitely.