Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – What would happen if a prince hired a female assassin to be his champion in a strange tournament concocted by his father, an unloved king? And what if all of the sudden the champions started being gruesomely murdered one by one outside the ring?
This is book one in a series, and is extremely loosely marketed as a Cinderella story (The only equivalent I could find were a ball and pretty gown of unknown origin, but other than that the similarities stop.)
I read this with my son, (Formerly known as the Monomaniacal Middle-Grade Reviewer)
He’s 15 now. Can you believe it?
Anyway — he insisted I read it with him after he’d read the first 25 pages. We both enjoyed it immensely. Lots of action, intrigue, a mystery, and a love story.
Sorry, but there is a love triangle, but it is a pretty good one, as this triangle is a lot more believable than most. The Eaton family is team Chao (spelling?) But the prince is a pretty nice guy too.
I’d definitely recommend this book on many levels. Caution for younger readers on the violence, and my son (who has already read a few book ahead as I’m writing this) says that the violence only gets worse. (What can you expect? The main character is a trained killing machine.)
This is a smooth read with lots of potential for growth. It should be a great series!
Have you read Throne of Glass? What did you think?
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I agree the violence – and even the theme and basic premise – make this book a read for older, more mature readers. I’m not sure I would have let my sons read it until they were juniors or seniors in high school. It doesn’t feel like a YA read to me in any way (none of the angsty issues most YA books deal with in some fashion). Cealena might be a teenager in age but she is old beyond belief because of all she has seen and done in her life.
I have read all of the books in the series. I enjoyed them all for different reasons. I’m not a huge fan of a love triangle but it is nipped in the bud early in the second book. By the third book, it seems like our assassin might not find love with anyone.
The author has done a great job creating characters I care for, and believe me, the fact that I’m cheering for an assassin to succeed is pretty scary. I wanted to dislike this series but I couldn’t. Our girl assassin is a product of her upbringing. She espouses her own “code” for killing people. In fact, most of her killing happens in response to an attack from the antagonist rather than because she’s following orders to kill.