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Throne of Glass ~ Sarah J. Maas

January 13, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books
406 pages
ISBN: 9781619630345
Source: Barnes & Noble

Remember how I was obsessed with A Court of Thorns and Roses, way back in December? Oh, those many, many days ago!

I never thought I’d find another book, never mind another series, that would hold my attention or warm my soul exactly the same way. Well, it turns out that all I really need is Sarah J. Maas.

I started her Throne of Glass series, yesterday, and, ahem, it appears that she does, in fact have some sorcery in her typing fingers because, once again, my heart is lost into the wind.

To be perfectly honest, I have never really been a huge epic fantasy kind of gal. Sure, my family loved Lord of the Rings and stuff and, sure, my little sister was an Elvin princess for her actual wedding, but, like, for me. I was never really that girl.

But, again, Queen Sarah, changed all of that.

In Throne of Glass, captured and jailed assassin, Celaena Sardothien is basically rescued out of the frying pan of a prison cell and thrown into the fire, fighting to the death, for a single spot as the king’s personal henchwoman. All you really need to know is that magic is “officially” banned and, well, it’s Maas, so, either draw your own conclusions or read the book. I can’t say another word. Just know that you’d better pack a seatbelt, a helmet, and some snacks. One other thing to add: at least the first book in series has the added bonus of parading around as if it’s a supernatural whodunnit which, if you know me in real life, you know is one of my very favorite things of all time.

A few things I absolutely love about Throne of Glass (that are also present in her other series), include but are not limited to her strong but fallible female characters, her stoic, yet vulnerable male characters, and her ability to write female friendships in complex, yet steadfast ways that have some adventure but very little infighting.

One of my favorite things about at least the first book in this particular series has to do with the narration. Instead of assigning a single point of view per chapter, the voice of the story changes fluidly throughout the book. For me, that seemed to build the characters up more solidly and much quicker than other methods.

I think this was Sarah’s very first published book and it really doesn’t read as if it is. It has the same magic and charm that her latest books offer up and, if you’re going to start somewhere, start here.

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