Throne of Glass Book 1 Review Amrutha Kadekar Amrutha Kadekar

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Throne of Glass is a #1 New York Times bestselling fantasy novel by Sarah J. Maas. There are six books in the series, with Throne of Glass being the first one. Overall, this book is very well-reviewed and has gotten many awards from around the world. Throne of Glass is one of my favorite books, due to the exciting plot and amazing character development. 

Throne of Glass is about a young assassin named Celaena Sardothien who spent the last year in a slave camp called Endovier. Her only chance at being freed from the camp is to take part in a competition to become the champion of the tyrant king of Adarlan. Celaena has particular hatred towards him, due to the fact that he laid siege on her home kingdom of Terrasen and murdered her parents when she was a young girl. Throughout the competition, Celaena learns about the hidden and dark history of Adarlan and Terrasen. Even though the King of Adarlan banned magic in the kingdom, she begins to see strange things happening in the castle, which could mean the return of magic. During her training for the competition, she also builds unexpected relationships with both the Crown Prince and the Captain of the Guard. Over the course of the story, Celaena attempts to uncover the truth about Adarlan and stop the king’s plans before it is too late. 

This is definitely one of my favorite books of all time. The plot always kept me on the edge of my seat and was very intricate and captivating because of all the different elements. I also enjoyed how the author built up the conflict throughout the story into a powerful climax. A key aspect in good stories is strong characters. This story definitely has many characters that are very versatile and have a complicated backstory, which is part of the appeal of the book for me. Celaena participates in a variety of activities, ranging from ballroom dancing to hand-to-hand combat. One review said, “Maas manages to flawlessly blend heart-breaking drama, which allows you to see right to the heart of the characters and connect with them, with laugh out loud humour at the easy banter between the characters as they poke fun at each other.” Maas also gave the perspectives of many characters, which in the beginning was useful, but towards the end got slightly annoying because of how many different stories were happening. 

Despite the many amazing features about this book, my favorite aspect is the level of detail and description the author goes to when describing a character or new setting. The description factor rivals that of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series. I finished this book fairly quickly, because I was always so excited to see what was going to happen next. Overall, this book is well liked by fantasy fans and has sold over 1 million copies. 

There are also many more amazing novels in this series that continue the story of Celaena Sardothien. I would 100% encourage all people who love fantasy books to read Throne of Glass