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Book Review: Throne of Glass

As part of I.B.C's new side challenge, Lengthy Books Challenge, I opted for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas as my first book in the challenge. Throne of Glass is the first book from the Throne of Glass book series, which is a young adult series.

After reading Throne of Glass I now understand why this fantasy-romance series is raved about by so many people (of different ages). Maybe I loved it so much because I didn't go into reading it with high expectations or maybe not. If you're an adult who doesn't care much for young adult books it could be worth reading just for the humor in the bantering in the book alone. 

A bit of a warning, though.... there is definitely a love triangle in this book. As I've said before I HATE love triangles but it seems Sarah J. Maas has this talent for crafting love triangles that you just can't help but get into and can't wait to find out what happens next. Would I rather if there wasn't a love triangle? Yes, definitely, but there's also something about this triangle that just draws you in. Hopefully it doesn't last throughout the entire series but if it does then I'm going to do my best to put my trust into Sarah J. Maas's amazing writing skills.

Be taken away into a world full of magic, legends, myths, things that go bump in the night, battles involving medieval weaponry and of course let's not forget romance.

"You'll be sweating when I skin you alive and squish your eyeballs beneath my feet."

Meet Celaena. Assassin with an unknown past though perhaps known by the wrong people. A girly girl when she has time for it and an assassin first and foremost. Captured some time ago, she has been through hell and back. One day she is granted a bit of luck by the Crown Prince. Succeed and survive a series of tests as well as a final dual and then the King will grant a contract for four years as his Champion, and then at long last freedom. Any kills ordered by the King for the Champion are not to be questioned but to be fulfilled. If only it was as simple as that for Celaena. Beyond the tests, the final dual and the weight of winning there is much more in store for the assassin, horrific things that are learned in time and that are out of control even for her.

"I don't quite comprehend why you'd force someone to bow when the purpose of the gesture is to display allegiance and respect."

Meet Prince Dorian. Someone who is nothing like his Father, the King. A bookworm and fighter combined in one. Close friends with the captain of the royal guard. While Prince Dorian is of adult age he doesn't truly become a man until he learns some things about himself. A bent spine becomes straightened as he becomes the man he was meant to be.

"Give him hell," he said.

Meet Chaol. Captain of the royal guard through hard work as well as choice. One of the most skilled fighters, he learned from the best and is also now the one training Celaena for her tests and future dual. A hard shell on the outside for good reason as a guard but with some softness hidden within. Chaol is not someone you want to cross. While ex-prisoners go through tests to acquire a contract with the King he goes through a test of his own, seeing just how far his loyalty goes.

"I give you this name to use with honor, to use when other names grow too heavy."

Meet Princess Nehemia. One of the reasons why she is visiting for a while is to supposedly learn the language outside of her and her people's language. Not liked by most, she and Celaena find an unlikely friendship in each other. Nehemia is smart, beautiful and knows so much more than what people are lead to believe, secrets safely tucked away in her head.

A little extra something just for fun! Interested in taking a "Which Throne of Glass Character Are You?" quiz for fun? Check out the one on here.


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