Celaena Sardothien may just be my new favorite female protagonist. She’s a heroine I’ve been waiting for… she’s brave, clever, beautiful, and a fierce assassin. Yet she’s also a girly girl who loves clothes, reads long into the night, and plays pianoforte! I couldn’t help but love her as a protagonist.
In Throne of Glass, Celaena competes as the prince’s champion to become the King’s personal assassin in exchange for her freedom. There is a little bit of a love triangle between her, Prince Dorian, and her trainer/guard Captain Chaol Westfall. I really liked both men as characters, and had a hard time deciding whom to root for… Prince Dorian is handsome and charming, smart, and wants to marry for love. Chaol is very observant and loyal, and a great guy. It takes Chaol a long time to trust Celaena, and I enjoyed seeing him struggle with that while they became friends.
Throne of Glass is a captivating story that I settled into. I enjoyed visiting the world Maas created each time I picked up the book and was content to stay there a while – I didn’t want to rush through the story. I’m typically not a fan of books about Fae, so I was surprised how much I enjoyed that aspect. I appreciated that it remained subtlety in the background (mostly) and didn’t take over the story.
This story has something for everyone. There’s plenty of action, friendship, romance, and fantasy. There are three (soon to be four) prequel novellas to this series. I’ve only read the first one so far (you can read my review of The Assassin and the Pirate Lord here), but I really enjoyed it and hope to read the others soon. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Celaen, Dorian, and Chaol in the rest of the series!