my dearest booknerdigans, fellow readers, people (that are probably tired of my boorish greetings at the beginning of every single post—sorry.)
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
WARNING: THIS WILL MOST LIKELY CONTAIN SPOILERS. POTENTIAL READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
So I actually finished Throne of Glass a little over a week ago, and I’m nearly through Crown of Midnight. I’m a very impatient woman, I just need all the information to be stored away in my small brain that struggles to soak up information enough as it is.
Anyway. Over the past couple years I have heard many things about The Throne of Glass series, mostly good. And to be honest, I have no idea why it took me this long to finally pick that shit up and read it already.
It’s so my cup of tea too, so what the hell is wrong with me. It’s got all da fantasy, all da murder mystery, all da love, all da action—well mostly.
Ah well. So out of the many praises sung for these books and characters-particularly for Celaeana Sardothien aka Aelin Galathynius (yes, I know. What with all you non discreet bookish hoes spilling all the secrets. THANKS.)
(kidding. I love you guys, and I can’t keep secrets either.)
I really wanted to hop aboard the train and get to reading the story. I think I struggled with just getting my hands on a copy of the books because I always thought the covers looked kind of…
Sorry. I just really don’t like the covers, they look way too generically created. However, they’re growing on me.
Now back to the story.
Throne of Glass was one of those books that got off to a really good start right away. The witty, snarky main characters draw you in immediately. Especially our beloved Captain Westfall hidden beneath his dark cryptic cloak of steamy mysteriousness.
The dialogue in the book is probably the very best of it all, even with the lengthy paragraphs describing a tapestry on the wall. The three main characters have this constant banter between one another that strengthen their relationships/friendships.
As for the characters and the ships in the book, let’s get things straight.
Celaena Sardothien is BAD. ASS. BADASS! (Not so much in this book, but just you wait.) I didn’t think I’d really like her for some reason and I think I kept trying to look for things to pick out that I didn’t like. But goddamn. I really like Celaena. She’s a very headstrong girl, wounded and as much as I think she tries to harden her heart, she’s got a big one full of love for those she cares for. I love her personality and her snippy attitude, however, in this book—being the first—I didn’t see much of this big bad assassin in her that everyone feared so much.
Chaol Westfall is my personal favorite. *kisses fingers* Probably just because I want to marry him.
Like. Furreals Chaol. Babylookatme. Somebody might not want you, but I do.
Other than his obvious discreet charm and strength, he’s a really loyal person and it kind of kills me that he is so loyal. But he’s so sweet and kind, and he cares for Celaena even if he doesn’t want to admit it. And that scene in the end after she’s lying down in the ring and he just barely reaches out to her hand and tells her to get up. UGH. MY FEELS.
Dorian Havilliard was probably my number one favorite in the beginning of the story just because I leaned more toward his forwardness and ridiculous princely demeanor that makes me smile. I think I like him so much more now, for being a good character, for believing in what’s right, and for the probability that he’s one day going to be a great king. But in that little moment where I realized he and Celaena were trying to be a thing, it just didn’t feel right to me. And I understood who Celaena needed in that way, and if she couldn’t be with that him, then she should stand on her own.
Personally at first, I didn’t think Celaena should have been with anyone but herself, plus her friendship with the boys was so strong and so beautiful it made me envious. I didn’t want their friendship to crumble because of a silly love triangle, but their attractions grew and so did their love for each other. The romantic relationship between Celaena and Dorian felt almost forced and out of place, whereas the sexual tension between Celaena and Chaol was so immense I thought my brain would explode, and now that I’ve pretty much finished COM, I feel a little more content (and rather heartbroken).
Nehemia, oh my sweet child. You spunky little warrior princess. Can I be you. I’m sad she wasn’t in the book as much as she could have been. I felt that she was less included and she would pop in every once in a while BUT NOT ENOUGH MAN. I have to say the wyrdmarks written under Celaena’s bed was a little reminiscent of Sleepy Hollow, and quite obvious that it was Nehemia who put them there. I nearly thought she was going to be the monster in the end or the murderer, but she was actually protecting Celaena so might heart sighed in relief.
Now going into the plot pieces of the story, I’ll admit that somewhere towards the middle of the book, it felt like it dragged a bit. I found myself continuously reading it only because I knew it had to get better, and I had such high hopes that something would happen. Yet, nothing truly significant did happen until the ending. And the dialogue was essentially the only source of intrigue.
I also kept asking myself if this was actually labeled YA, the writing had plenty of descriptions that references content material appropriate for a mature audience, but the overall feel was pretty YA.
Crown of Midnight was okay, but it was a good starting off point for the rest of the series to really soar, because I know it gets much better. Best part of the book was Fleetfoot the puppy. (And probably Chaol. Admit it ladies, we all want to watch Chaol running laps and joking around with his group of soldiers.)
I’d give it a 3/5 stars.
Just to leave room for me to give the others above and beyond.