Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Celaena Sardothien, the most feared assassin in Adarlan, is serving time as a slave at the Salt Mines of Endovier. When given the chance to work as the King’s Champion to earn her freedom, she readily accepts.

But becoming the King’s Champion is a journey rife with challenges, near-death experiences, and finding alliances in unexpected places. Will Celaena be able to keep up her reputation as a ruthless mercenary or will she be forced to live the last of her days imprisoned in Endovier?

Copyright © 2021 Meera Nair

There’s a lot of debate surrounding Sarah J. Maas’ works, and the polarising views can only be overwhelming to a reader who is considering picking up one of the books. To them, I’d say – Throne of Glass is a fully entertaining fantasy fiction that has a heavily emphasised romance angle worked into the plot execution. It’s more about learning Celaena’s character strengths, weaknesses & backstory, rather than seeing her as a menacing killer.

I raced through the pages because of a few primary reasons, which were the selling points of the novel, in my opinion:

  1. Celaena’s disposition. She’s all sass, unrestrained behaviour, kindness and ambition.
  2. The competition to become the King’s Champion reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games, and that added to the excitement quotient.
  3. Her growing attraction for two of the most eligible bachelors at court made the story wildly entertaining.
  4. The descriptions, especially of the settings
  5. The history and scope of magic

Granted that the book is in no way unique or faultless, but then again it’s ultimately about how engrossing one finds it. And I did not want to set it down, even when there were some unpleasant remarks passed by a character or when stereotypical behaviours were depicted.

Initially, I couldn’t figure out who I’d ship Celaena with. But towards the middle of the book, one of the pairings stands out to be more genuine and heartwarming. I can only hope that something comes of it in the sequel.

It’s very much possible that I’ve not perceived the book with a critical eye. And I’m not sure I will, as I continue with the rest of the series. This is entirely a feel-good, amusing read, one that reminded me of why I enjoy reading fantasy fiction.

If all of that sounds inviting, then maybe this author’s works will be right up your alley.

Published by Meera Nair

A 27 year-old freelance Content Writer, who spends all her free time ensconced in the pages of a book or writing to her heart's content about topics that excite the creative spirit in her.

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