Reading, Eating, and Listening
The first time I read Throne of Glass I didn’t give the book enough credit. However, I gave it a second read and enjoyed it more, maybe just because I was expecting a little less. Sometimes the writing is a little much, but the plot line is strong and unique. The main character, Celaena Sardothien, is an assassin removed from prison by the crown prince to be his champion in a competition to become the king’s assassin; a king who orders mass killings without blinking an eye. Celaena must adopt a cover identity to hide that she is the renowned “Queen of the Underworld” and rebuild her reputation as a deadly killer. In between the challenges to prove her skills against 23 other potential champions, Celaena encounters politics, magic, and a little romance to tie it all together. Maas generally achieves the witty dialogue she strives for, but sometimes Celaena is too depressed/talkative about her past, ruining the illusion that she’s a fierce assassin. Despite this, the book contains characters with diverse and fun personalities. The romance also avoids being over-predictable and you’ll have to read the next one to see how it turns out!
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The False Prince-Jennifer A. Nielson The Selection-Kiera Cass
Graceling-Kristin Cashore Scarlet-A.C. Gaughen
Crown Duel-Sherwood Smith The Hunger Games-Suzanne Collins