"I will not be afraid."
--Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
--Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass
Publisher: Bloomsburty USA Children's, 404 pages
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Ok. Here we go with one of those reviews I claim will totally suck because I can’t get my emotions in check or have the appropriate vocabulary to articulate how much I FEEL for this book. I have read Throne of Glass before so this was a gluttonous re-read because I…uh…got Crown of at BEA. Those who were there know the background to this story ;) SO. Let me tell you straight up people, this book is even better the second time around. While I found it fan-freakin’-tastic the first time, I loved it even more the second time.
Calaena. One of my favorite heroines. Hands down. She is up to the ranks of Rose and Katniss because this girl is Fierce with a capital F. Uh…assassin, anyone? How freakin’ cool is that?! This bitch is not one to be messed with because she will legit murder your ass. I love that a job that is usually solely associated with men is this young girl’s claim to fame. Don’t underestimate the power of the female…ever. And while the connotation with the title assassin comes with a lot, Calaena proves time and time again that she is more than just a hired hit man. She is smart…so incredibly smart. AND she likes to read! YES! She feels so much and has so much strength that I absolutely LOVED reading about her. I can’t say enough about it! I do her no justice!
The world that Sarah J. Maas builds is one of battles and dictatorships. The hopelessness of Calaena’s situation is felt from the very first page and has your heart breaking by the last. Her journey back to what she once was after a year in a death camp is one of absolute survival. I thought this brought so much to her character and really helped build the type of person she is. The mystery surrounding the competition keeps you on your toes and constantly guessing. I loved reading about the different tasks and the thought behind how to win each. The layer of magic involvement is excellent and I can’t wait to see where this goes in further books.
And how can we not talk about the boys?! Dorian is the Crown Prince and chooses Calaena as his champion. He is absolutely adorable and incredibly handsome. He definitely has some swoon-worthy moments but alas, my heart belongs to another…for her, of course…maybe...:) Chaol. Oh be still my heart. Chaol is Captain of the Guard and I LOVED him. He is definitely a quiet presence in the love category throughout the book but this is what makes me love him even more. I love the subtle moments. The quiet parts of his mind that speak up when he sees Calaena as something more than an assassin. The slow deterioration of the walls he has built up around her. I lived for it all! He needs to get his ass in gear though I want to see some sparks start flying!
The writing of this book transports you into the
Adarlan Court and the visualization you get of the is breathtaking. The entire book is just excellent. The story and the competition has you constantly on your toes and turning the pages. I just can’t say enough good things about this. Girl assassin. Kickass heroine. Swoony boys (TWO OF THEM). Magical intrigue. And a competition to keep your blood pumping. Love. Love. Love. Glass Castle
Should You Read This? If you love fantasy, TOTALLY! If you love a kickass female protagonist, YES! If you love a heart stopping boy, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?