“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”
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 Celaena 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 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.
So yes, I am on a Sarah J. Maas binge right now. I treated myself to a brand new copy *gasp* of this book to celebrate the fact that I have been very good in my book buying ban for months now. I celebrated, a book buying ban, by buying a book? YEAH. Sound familiar? Anyways, I loved the book so let’s get to it!
Firstly, I was actually surprised that I didn’t love this as much as ACOTAR for a first book. Granted, I do take into account that first books are there to establish the storyline and the characters and the world and the seemingly slow start makes sense. I found that it didn’t have enough magic for my liking. I usually don’t mind that but the whole magic-is-banned part is not very interesting. ALSO, the freaking love triangle is getting to me guys! I really hope it doesn’t become worse in the following books because I hate that trope with. a. passion. Other than that, it just felt a little lacklustre to me but of course I am still more than willing to read the whole series.
Her writing as usual, is very clean and she is good at getting the point across. Of course I noticed her numerous mentions of stars and the night sky and it just made me smile every time because during my binge with ACOTAR, quotes about the night sky is very close to me now. Celaena Sardothien is definitely my favorite protagonist within the Sarah J. Maas world though because unlike Feyre, she is way smarter and more independent and all that even at the start of the book. They are both awesome lady heroes though but for now? Celaena: 1
So that’s what my thoughts were! So far, none of the characters except Celaena has caught my attention and care. I hope this will be fixed as I get to the next books. Which won’t be until waaay later because I’m behind on my review books. Adulting + running a book blog + reading to put stuff on the blog? HARD. Any thoughts and tips on how you guys manage and prioritize reading? It’ll be interesting to know how everyone manages.
So, for all of you guys that has read this, what did you think of it? ToG vs. ACOTAR? And for the others, did I convince you to read it? *eyebrow waggle* Comment down below, let’s chat!
Lots of love,