Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
4.5 Stars Rounded Up to a 5
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
“Libraries were full of ideas—perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”
This is my second time reading Throne of Glass. The first time I read this book I gave it a 3.75 star rating rounded up to 4 stars. This time it felt different. I really took my time while reading and tried to savor the story. It almost felt like reading it for the first time because it’s been so long.
I feel like I appreciated the story more so this time around. I really got into it and the characters. The first time around I was all about Dorian. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still my number one but I found myself leaning towards Chaol a lot which didn’t happen previously. I liked Chaol but I didn’t get the hype around him until now. Both guys were such great characters. They were so different but yet….the same. It’s hard to explain. They had their core values but different personalities I suppose is one way to describe it. They were both precious guys that I could see Celaena ending up with either one and having a great life.
I realized I didn’t tell you much about what the story is about. I just started talking about my guys and lost all track of a review’s purpose haha. This story follows 18 year old Celaena Sardothien, an assassin, as well as 19 year old Dorian Havilliard, the crown prince of Adarlan, and Chaol Westfall, the 22 year old captain of the Royal guard. The King of Adarlan is hosting a competition to find a champion to basically do all his dirty work. Dorian sponsors Celaena and she works with Chaol training throughout the competition. This trio is something else. You can almost visualize all the emotions and feelings these three have for one another. It makes for a very interesting story. Throw in some magic and some other awesome characters and you have yourself quite the story.
Celaena Sardothien may be an assassin but she is so much more than that. Deep down she’s just a girl who wants her freedom and has been through so much trauma in her life. I know Celaena gets a bad rep for coming off as arrogant but I feel that’s part of her armor that she wears as protection. I really enjoyed her character and seeing her grow throughout the story.
Overall, this re-read really opened my eyes to things I missed the first go around. I feel I enjoyed it immensely more the second time. I can’t wait to continue my re-read of this series and finally read the last two books for the first time. I’m very much looking forward to it.