I’ve heard many people talk about Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series, and I had her on my TBR list for some time. When I participated at the Stamford Barnes & Noble B-Fest activities, a small crowd played trivia related to YA books and one of the questions was about this series. There were a few young readers present who gushed about how much they adored her books, and this caused me to bump it up higher on my list than it was before.
Yes, B-Fest was in June and it’s now October. What can I tell you? I’ve got a huge list of books I want to read, and not nearly enough time in the day (or night) to devour them!
Anyway, on to the review…
I really enjoyed this book. Celaena was an interesting female character who started off strong and grew even stronger by the end. Even though she was an assassin, I thought that the author did an excellent job of still making her seem like a vulnerable young girl at the same time. There was a nice mix of mystery and intrigue as well. I kept wanting to see how this would end, so I found myself sneaking in times to listen to it when I normally wouldn’t—with my headphones on while I was cooking dinner, waiting an extra minute to shut the engine off after I parked just to get a teeny bit more of the story in edgewise. I could name other weird things I did to try to finish this audiobook faster, but I’ll spare you from the minutia. I give this book five stars.
The narration for this story was good. Each character’s voice was distinct and easy to tell apart. Also, in places where there was a heightened sense of danger, or a stronger emotion being conveyed (whether it was sadness, anger, frustration, etc.), the narrator carried it through in her delivery.
I fully intend to check out the next book in the series, and I also saw a somewhat recent announcement about this getting made into a TV show. I have a feeling that this type of story will translate well, and I look forward to when it comes out.