Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I cannot tell you how many timesI have picked up The Throne of Glass, read the back of the book and then put the book back because the cover really put me off. I finally bought a copy at a second hand stall – thinking it has not cost me much, so what have I got to lose if I don’t finish it? I am now on book three of the series and am kicking myself for not reading it sooner.
The Throne of Glass is set in a fantasy realm where an evil King has conquered and is enslaving other lands. Assassin Celaena is in a work camp having been captured a year earlier. She is rescued by the King’s son, Prince Dorian to fight in a competition to become The Kings Champion and win her freedom. Trained by the Prince’s best friend and the Head of the King’s Guard, Chaol, she fights not only for her freedom, but to retain her humanity and stay true to her beliefs.
Many of the themes in this fantasy series are not new. Evil King, resistance, love triangle. And many of the plot twists are easy to read in advance. So why is this book so addictive? The first is the characters. They are flawed human beings. They make bad decisions. They do things we would never dream of doing, and yet I found myself cheering them on and admiring them. Also, some writers just have the knack of drawing you into their world and only letting you out when the story ends, and Sarah J. Mass is definitely one of those. The story line is intricate with interesting twists and turns, bit also moves forward quickly, introducing new characters and more twists.
So please don’t be put off by the cover, the pop art hides a great fantasy story written by a great writer. Fantasy reader from around 15 onwards will love this series, and in spite of some of the gore in the books, if your child is not squeamish then they will enjoy the read. And the best part is that you can sneak a read yourself and you too may get drawn in just as I did. (Just a wee hint, I have read the prequel The Assassin’s blade and I think the series would be better rounded if you read this first – if you do, let me know what you think.)
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