The plot is so captivating and engaging. The hype surrounding this series is so intense that I had to give into the pressure and read it. I definitely don’t regret, in fact I loved every moment of this book, but I wish that I had read Throne of Glass before it became this popular, because sometimes the hype spoils the mood, you know?
In the first few pages, Celaena comes off as an over-confident and arrogant brat, and I almost wanted to abandon the book right there. (We will ignore the part that I am just as arrogant as her, if not more.) But then I thought of all the stellar reviews that this book has gotten, and I continued. And what a great decision that was.
Celaena is a very different girl. She has suffered a lot in her life and keeps many secrets bundled up inside her, but she can still rip you to shreds before you can say hello. I love how she is an assassin and stereotypically, that would mean she wouldn’t like balls and dresses, but she does! Her character isn’t limited to social and ethical boundaries and she is a much more complex character than I thought.
I especially loved the banter between Chaol and Celaena and the way they talked like old friends. Celaena’s relationship with Chaol is so much different from her relationship with Dorian, but somehow I liked them both.
I simply cannot decide who is better, Dorian or Chaol. I originally was in favor of Dorian, and then leaned a bit towards the captain, Chaol, and now heart is torn between the two. The romance between Celaena and Chaol is slow and sweet, but sparks fly between Dorian and Celaena! I love how the romance doesn’t overtake the story, but it is there and it is steady. It is more than just romance, and that’s what makes it beautiful.
“Celaena,” Chaol said gently. And then she heard the scraping noise as his hand came into view, sliding across the flagstones. His fingertips stopped just at the edge of the white line. “Celaena,” he breathed, his voice laced with pain—and hope. This was all she had left—his outstretched hand, and the promise of hope, of something better waiting on the other side of the line.”
This book seems a little to me like Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. In a good way, and I feel like I enjoyed this book even more because I had already read something a little similar. I had expected Throne of Glass to be a little more though. Maybe more complicated and more high fantasy—there were some fantasy elements, but I hope they increase in the next book. Other than these small details, I have no complaints from this book. Almost perfect!
What I Liked:
The kickass heroine who is an assassin
The competition aspect and the tests
The magic aspect and the history
The sarcasm, wits and all the humour
Technically, this book has a couple flaws, but I tend to ignore them if the book is overall enjoyable and interesting. So yes, it does deserve 5 stars in my opinion.
I won’t talk more about the book because I don’t want to give any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read this, but I will with a line: read this! I promise you won’t regret it— at the least, you will like the scenes in the book because they are funny and lively. The fighting scenes are great too.
Apparently, this book started off as a spin on the Cinderella tale. It’s not based off of it, but there are some parts in the story which can be related. The book was great from the start but it really picked up by the end and now I can’t wait to read Crown of Midnight! I just know I will love the rest of the series.