Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas | Re-read Book Review #344

IMG_5705“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

This is my second time reading Throne of Glass (though I’ve tried multiple times over the years to read it again), so my insights on the story are a little…clouded. There are some things that I forgot happened, which was great re-reading about. Yet there are things that I know happened in this book (or the other books) that I have multiple feelings about.

One thing that I forgot about, was all the points of view that take place in these books. I forgot that there were multiple points of view, and that upsets me because when I get to know a character and other character views’ inhibit me from reading more from said character, I can get irked pretty quickly. And honestly, I only cared for one point of view in Throne of Glass, and that was from Celaena. All the other POVs in this first Throne of Glass novel I honestly don’t care for. Though there were times where their views on things were appreciated.

23599075There were 5 different points of view in this first novel. The first and foremost we read from is Celaena. I love Celaena’s character, I could read from her over and over again — especially in the later books.

The other views we read from are Dorian, Chaol, Kailtain, while the last person we read from is the King.

I enjoyed re-reading Throne of Glass, since the high stakes in this story make for a gripping read. Re-reading Throne of Glass was a 50-50 for me, since at times the high stakes that Celaena faced in this novel were hihgly entertaining. Yet at times I found myself incredibly distracted, and had to re-read a paragraph or two (sometimes a page!) of what I had just read.

By the 60% mark the story sounds like it’s shaping up to the end, but the fact that there was so much left of the story was a great thing for me to look forward to.

I really enjoyed reading the descriptions for some of the places in this story. Like, the library in the castle, or Oakwald Forest.

I give my re-read of Throne of Glass 3 stars.

Have you read Throne of Glass? If you have, what did you think?

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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