The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful cover. The German edition has a light blue and shows the main figure in a gorgeous way. At that point, I hadn´t heard or seen anything about the original edition. But since I read it, I am hooked and became a huge ToG-fan. Throne of Glass is a novel you can read separately. But I advise you if you haven´t read any of those books at all, to read them chronologically. This way you´ll get the round picture and won´t miss the fun the novellas provide.

Throne Of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas
Throne Of Glass Series #1
Publisher Bloomsbury on August 7, 2012
Genre Fantasy
Pages 416
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king´s champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing she never thought she´d have again: a friend. But something evil dwells in the castle – and it´s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena´s first fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.
Celaena get´s an incredible offer during suffering slavery in the salt mines of Endovier: Prince Dorian promises her freedom if she can defeat her competitors in a cruel and deadly competition and become the king´s champion. But the year in Endovier has left its marks on her. Sure, she still has her abilities, but her body doesn´t want any food and the training is hard. And when one competitor after the other gets killed, it becomes quite clear to Celaena that there are Forces at work the king hasn´t only banned from the kingdom long ago but also prohibited under penalty of death. But who awakens the powers back to life?

With incredible beauty, bloody and a very varied story wrote Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass. The author burns up a real firework and shows a world in which you will go from the hot desert over the icy mountain world to wooded areas. Celaena´s world is brutal but exciting and very action-filled.

Written from the personal narrative style by Celaena, the reader gets thrown right into the scheming, decadent and very bored world of the court in the glass castle of Rifthold – where exactly that king rules, who once destroyed her homeland. After living for years life in prosperity and the everlasting competition the guild of the Assasins has and being the protégé of Arobynn Hamel, Celaena finally comes home and has to live the life she always thought of as disgusting and ludicrous. And the time in Endovier has left something in her, she´s not willing to give up or to forget.

For me, it was really amusing to read her thoughts, to see how she´s acting and to know that most of the time her opponent doesn´t know anything about it. That brought a certain kind of irony and fierceness to light which gave the novel the special something. Sarah J. Maas´ style has a fantastic freshness and the right amount of mystic is there as well.

The author lets her characters go through a huge variety of emotions. The entire book is a real firework of hate, passion, greed for power, jealousy and the will to win. The opposites between Celaena and Nehemia, the Princess of Eyllwe, are quite fascinating. One is of cool arrogance, has her pride and goes through everything with irony, sarcasm, and a superficial submission, while the other has a natural-born aloofness that together they fit perfectly into the life of the court. And the scene where Nehemia shows up for the very first time had me laughing out loud. The way how she refers to the figure of Kaltain in its place: priceless! Between Celaena and Nehemia begins a friendship, which will be put to the test at some point during the story.

I am totally thrilled and highly recommend this book and this series to everyone who likes good fantasy. But since you will read in this book from time to time little bits about the novellas, I recommend reading them sequentially.

Happy reading

German edition published by dtv on September 1, 2013

Sarah J.Maas
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Sarah J. Maas grew up in Manhattan and already with the first design to Throne of Glass she caused a sensation. With sixteen she published “Queen of Glass” (the title back then) in an online forum for authors and initiated with that one of the earliest online phenomena worldwide. She currently lives with her husband and dog in Pennsylvania.


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