Book One in the Throne of Glass series
Rating: Four out of Five Stars
This book has a special place in my heart. My blog is named after a quote that’s in this story and I actually stumbled upon the quote before I knew about the book. I read this phrase once and it resonated with me so much, I fell in love with the idea of it.
“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.”
So because I think this is a magnificent quote, of course I had to read the book. And once again, female assassins? Yes please! (For some reason I have read a lot of lady assassin books lately…) And this one is beautiful. It’s rich and luscious with details and the characters are perfect for their positions. The way it’s written, with the three different narrators, adds so much depth and dynamic to the story you sink deeper and deeper into the plot with each POV. I was enthralled by the way everything developed, it was perfectly paced.
Oh and Celaena, our heroine. She’s brilliant. One part Assassin’s creed, one part dazzlingly gorgeous, mixed with a little girly girl love for dresses and jewels and sprinkle in a bit of family drama, unrequited love, and fey heritage? BAM! We’ve got ourselves a winner my friends.
While this book has a decent swoon factor (two tastey men to drool over), gripping action scenes, lots of twists and a captivating premise… the reason why I am NOT giving it 5 stars is because I did have one or two “issues” with the book. Sometimes things got a little far fetched… I never really understood the dynamics between the princess and the would-be mistress of Prince Dorian (she confused me, because she narrates at times but we never get to KNOW her). And then there was the constant alluding to the fact the Celaena is not 100% human. Is that why she’s such a badass? Why she ran away? Why someone taught her to fight? Sooo many unanswered questions! It was a bunch of foreshadowing that I just found annoying. It sets the readers up to ache for the next book, yes, I just think there was a better way to go about divulging those pieces.
But with that being said, this is a hell of a book. Calaena has some AMAZING zingers and one-liners that made me giggle. And she owns the big guys in fights! I think I reread that initial scene when she finally displays he talents four or five times because it was so awesome. Seriously.. female power