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Rattle The Stars

The first book in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series introduces Celaena Sardothian—one of the most badass lady assassins to ever grace the page—to the YA world.

Rattle The Stars

BOOK REPORT for Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Cover Story: Dual Wield
BFF Charm: Heck Yes
Swoonworthy Scale: 7
Talky Talk: Character Driven
Bonus Factor: Badasses
Factor: Series Starter
Anti-Bonus Factor: Love Triangle
Relationship Status: In it to Win it

Cover Story: Dual Wield

If you didn’t know that this book was about a butt-kicking lady who knows her way around a blade (or blades), you’d have a pretty good idea after seeing this cover. But WHAT is wrong with her hands? They look a little lobster-claw-ish. (And I’m sorry—now that I’ve pointed it out, it’s all you’ll be able to see.)

(Related: I’m really glad they didn’t stick with the original hardcover. As pretty as the woman on the cover is, the whole “which way to the gun show” vibe is kind of awful.)

The Deal:

Celaena Sardothian used to be the greatest assassin her country had ever seen. But then she was betrayed, arrested, and sent to the salt mines of Endovier to serve a life sentence in penance for her crimes.

A year into her sentence—months and months more than the typical prisoner lasts—Celaena is offered a way out: fight to become the King of Ardarlan’s Champion, and earn her eventual freedom.

BFF Charm: Heck Yes

The events Celaena experiences in her 18 years of living, even long before she gets to Endovier, would break most people. But Celaena has a strength that defies even the worst of situations. And that strength is more than just physical—Celaena is extremely intelligent and deeply cares for the people who she lets past her defenses. She’s also witty and charming, when she wants to be, and knows well how to use sarcasm and sass. She’s not perfect, however; she often speaks before thinking, and is stubborn to a fault. Still, I think all of that combined would make for a seriously amazing friend.

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

Although Celaena’s pretty busy recovering from a year in a prison camp and training to beat out the other contenders for the title of King’s Champion, a girl’s gotta have a little fun. And when there are guys like the Crown Prince of Adarlan Dorian Havilliard and Captain of the Guard Chaol Westfall sticking very close to your side, temptations are hard to resist.

Talky Talk: Character Driven

The Throne of Glass series is an immensely popular one, with a massively devoted following. But this series—unlike others that spring to mind—is worthy of the praise.

In Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas introduces a new fantasy universe that, while taking cues from other series/tropes, feels fresh and exciting. Her characters*, both good and evil, leap from the page. I do wish there was more world building in addition to the excellent characters, but the there’s room to grow (considering the planned length of this series; see below) and the little Maas does in this introductory book shows promise.

*One fault some people might have with Maas’ characters are her names. But the English major in me loves how unusual they are. If you need a little help, here’s an official pronunciation guide.

Bonus Factor: Badasses

Celaena’s a ridiculously “talented” assassin, trained in numerous way to kill a person with weapons, poisons, her bare hands, etc. She can also take people down with a barb of the tongue. She’s not the only badass in the book, however: Nehemia Ytger, Crown Princess of Eyllwe, is nearly as skilled in fighting and an even more experienced in the machinations and politics of the court. The two of them together are a force no one should ever reckon with.

Factor: Series Starter

Unlike many YA series, which end up being trilogies, Throne of Glass is a six-book and five-novella series. Currently, all of the novellas and four of the main books have been released; the fifth comes out this September. Diving into such a large series (in the YA world—I know there are many much larger series in existence) can be daunting, but for those of us who really enjoy the world and the characters, it’s nice to know we get to revisit it more than three times.

Anti-Bonus Factor: Love Triangle

I’m never really a fan of love triangles in general, but it’s even harder to enjoy them when all parties involved are worthy people and there’s no obvious answer as to who’s the better choice.

Casting Call:

I’m probably shooting myself in the foot for future reviews by casting all four of these characters now, but I HAVE OPINIONS.

Eliza Taylor as Celaena

Chris Wood as Chaol

Jade Hassouné as Dorian

Lupita Nyong’o as Nehemia

Relationship Status: In it to Win it

From the very moment we met, Book, I knew that this wasn’t going to be an easy relationship. I pretty much immediately fell for both your world and your characters, which has far-reaching implications depending on where the series goes. But I can’t resist a good fantasy story, particularly one with such an amazing main character (and love interest(s), natch). So I’m all in. Please don’t break my heart too badly?

FTC Full Disclosure: I bought a copy of this book with my own money, and received neither a private dance party with Tom Hiddleston nor money in exchange for this review. Throne of Glass is available now.

Throne of Glass is the FYA Book Club selection for May 2016!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.
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