Hey guys, I’m not even gonna bother talking about anything else in this post because I need to talk about Throne of Glass or I might explode.
Forewarning, I’m not going to talk about anything past the first book because I don’t want to give anything away. I’m currently listening to Heir of Fire, and it’s ruining my life.
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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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
Plot: Okay, so the first book is kind of meh. But for the love of all things good, read this series. The first book is just a super long introduction to Calaena’s backstory and her history as an assassin. Not a lot of people really enjoy the first or second books because they’re a little slow and then BAM EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE. I was totally like “I don’t get what the big deal is, this series is really weird and dull” and then promptly changed my mind two pages into the third book. it’s like the first time you read Harry Potter (don’t lie, I’ve read the series seven times. I know you nerds have, too) and you think “Awe, okay so little ickle Harrykins just has to get the stone, kill the giant fucking snakey, save Sirius, get through the Tournament and oh no what happened”
So let’s discuss the first book a little bit – it’s basically saSS, SHIPS, MURDER, MOre SASS, GOD CALEANA PICK A MAN, MURDER, SOMEONE HELP THESE PEOPLE. So many ships. I am so overwhelmed with the amount of ships in this series. I’m also completely in awe of how intelligent Maas writes. (Btw, if you’re an ACOTAR of a ToG loving human, you’re a Maasassin. You’re welcome, now join our group on Facebook). If you like a really well-written universe with all the dark humor, go get this book. Just… go get it. The Goodreads summary doesn’t do the book justice because it’s actually more like “Caleana is pulled from the torture camp to become a member of the King’s court (the King is a total douche, by the way. God, Sarah, why are all the Kings and Queens in your series so brutal?) and die a little bit on the inside… or just die, period. So it’s like, hmm… will she die or will she die DIE?
Characters: OKAY HERE WE GO. I LOVE CALEANA SO MUCH. SHE IS LIFE. EVERYONE IN THIS SERIES IS LIFE. EVEN PEOPLE THAT I HATE IN THIS SERIES ARE LIFE. She’s a fucking badass. She’s literally eighteen years old and can kill you with a paperclip and a piece of string. She’s also highly intelligent, clever, and doesn’t stand for anyone’s shit. Dorian is adorable. I’m sure when Sarah wrote him she was all “Yeah, let’s make the Prince a total player and a douche canoe” but he’s really just a precious, feminist cinnamon roll. Thank the gods for the existence of Dorian Havillard, the 6th love of my life. Another thing! Caleana is super authentic. She has the perfect range of emotions for someone who has been through her life and she’s such a good representation of functional mental illness. Is being an assassin functional? I don’t know, it’s up for debate. I have a huge lady boner for Caleana. She’s super hard on herself and is cocky enough to make me feel like I’m related to her. Everyone in this series is amazing, even the characters who make you cringe.
Conclusion: It didn’t make me want to go on a homicidal tangent, so that was good. It’s not a terrible cliffhanger, either, but you do wind up wanting to come back for more. There’s so much intricacy and minute detail in the story; all the characters get their time to shine, so it’s no small miracle that Maas is able to fit the series in five books.
Long story short, go buy the first book. If you don’t like the first one, get the second and then the third. If you do like it, get the whole damn series and then sell me a bottle of your tears because I ran out. Roweana and Manorian for life, bitches.
Peace out, Girl Scouts
The Book Witch