„Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin, to learn the skills necessary for survival“
Throne of Glass being a bestseller series of the very known and talented Sarah J. Maas, made me very curious about Celaena’s story so I finally started reading the first book of the series.
In the beginning, the reader is immediately thrown into the dark and hopeless world where Celaena appears for the first time – Endovier, the salt mines that actually no one survives. Being rescued for the pleasure and entertainment of the King of Adarlan she gets access to the Castle of Glass in the capital Rifthold.
I absolutely adore Celaena very much, she developed very nicely throughout the first book: She appears at first like a reckless and disrespectful assassin – when facing the Crown Prince Dorian, that is – and she seems to be just a little out of place in Endovier. Arriving in the Castle of Glass, it is very quickly clear, that she still is barely a grown up woman who has already suffered a lot of brutality in her life. I love her strength and fierceness, her swaggering with Dorian and Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, and her compassion for the weak and helpless. She is a very interesting and strong personality that I’m very much looking forward to get to know better in the upcoming books. I only missed a bit deepness concerning her character, but I guess I got this feeling because it’s just the beginning of the whole story.
Dorian was difficult to see though in the beginning – at least for me. I believed him to be the spoiled prince, a womanizer who likes to entertain himself with various women. But throughout reading I could look deeper into his soul and liked what I saw. For I recognized a fighter – inexperienced, yes – but with the will to change things is to be found inside of him. I also understood better, why he struggled so much against his parent’s wishes with each read page. I’m very curious about his role in the other ToG – books! Chaol is very cool, too. He may be the dutiful Captain of the Guard and thus very severe when it comes to certain rules inside of the castle. But he is also a good coach when it comes to Celaena’s training during the preparations for the tests. Although I fear – fear because I don’t really like it so much – that there will be some kind of triangle-relationship coming up, I’m still looking forward to the future events in the series!
Some developments between the protagonists happened too quickly in my opinion, where I had to stop reading and rethink about it. Maybe this was intended by the author but still I had a feeling like somebody pushed the ‚fast-forward- button‘ when I – again -expected more details. Besides, I unfortunately had the same feeling during the events in the end. The ideas and the progression were fantastic, but they seemed to me to be too quickly over.
From the first pages on the reader can see how talented the author is concerning her writing skills. She can describe landscapes and people very beautifully as much as she pictures dark places, demons and mysterious characters very precisely. I absolutely loved this from the very beginning. Besides, I like the ancient vocabulary that fits so well into this old timed world that Sarah J. Maas created.
„We each survive on our own way“.
Throne of Glass of Sarah J. Maas is a very nice and impressive start of the series that contains a really cool idea with very interesting characters. I read it pretty quickly because it kept me reading all day and all night long, even if there were some small things that I criticized. But all in all I liked it very much and – of course – I have to continue immediately with the sequel!
Throne of Glass von Sarah J. Maas hat mir im Großen und Ganzen richtig gut gefallen mit der richtig coolen Idee und den wirklich schönen Protagonisten. Die jeweiligen Entwicklungen waren sehr beeindruckend und nachvollziehbar, obwohl mir zwischenzeitlich einige Handlungen zu schnell voran gingen. Ich habe die unglaublich starke und beeindruckende Celaena, den zunächst arroganten Prinzen Dorian und den teilweise undurchschaubaren und strengen Chaol mehr oder minder sofort ins Herz geschlossen und kann es kaum erwarten zu sehen, wie sie sich in den kommenden Teilen jeweils weiterentwickeln werden. Ich befürchte ja leider eine Art Dreiecks-Beziehung, was ich generell nicht so gerne mag, aber ich warte erst einmal ab, was kommen wird. Der Schreibstil der Autorin ist total schön und wenn man bedenkt, dass dieses Buch ihr Debüt ist, finde ich es umso erstaunlicher, dass man schon da ihr unglaubliches Talent erkennen kann. Alles in Allem also ein toller Auftakt der Serie, das ich mit der Kategorie Tauchgenuss bewerten möchte.
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General information – Werbung
- title Throne of Glass
- author Sarah J. Maas
- pages 421 pages (Print)
- price 5,13 (Kindle Edition), 5,89 (SC), 14,39 (HC)
- publisher Bloomsbury UK (2. August 2012)
Read the book that started the phenomenon. Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series has taken the world by storm.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? Source