Sarah J. Maas’s World of Assassins


I read an article a couple of weeks ago announcing that an adult coloring book based on the Throne of Glass series would be released. It will be released on September 6th, the same day as Empire of Stormsthe latest book in the series. I started reading Throne of Glass months ago, but put it down to read other things. The article made me wanna go back to it.

I’m glad that I did, because the book was so great! Throne of Glass follows Celaena Sardothien, an assassin from a land called Terrasen. She was brought to the land of Adarlan by the Crown Prince, Dorian Havilliard, to compete in a contest to become the King’s Champion. Before that, Celaena was a slave in the mines of Endovier. For the sake of the competition, only a few people know Celaena’s real identity, and they are Crown Prince Dorian; the king; and Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Guard.

Celaena is underestimated throughout the competition by just about everyone because she’s a girl. Chaol is mistrustful of her throughout most of the book because of who she really is. Meanwhile, Dorian finds himself falling for her and she likes him too, even though she doesn’t want to admit it at first. As the competition goes on, contestants start to die. Celaena begins to look into why it’s happening, and she becomes skeptical of the people around her. Although Celaena finds that most people either don’t like her or are intimidated by her skills, she makes a friend in Nehemia, a princess who is visiting from Eyllwe.

Celaena is a strong, multi-dimensional female character that you can root for. I’m excited to continue on with this series. Throne of Glass is available in print, audio and e-book format in our catalog.

Have you read Throne of Glass? If so, what did you think of it? Read anything similar to it? Let us know in the comments below!



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2 responses to “Sarah J. Maas’s World of Assassins

  1. I’ve read most of Maas’s books. (I remember when she was a Figment member!) I liked the first two as fun, easy reads. The other ones… Not so much. I’ll refrain from saying anything overtly detailed due to spoilers, but fans on Good Reads provide further insight if you want to know.
    My biggest general issue was this: Celaena’s interesting, but sometimes she seems too perfect, too much like a Strong Female Character checklist, without enough complexity to be truly believable or relatable. I have a hard time feeling empathy for her. This affects the whole story arc around her, which often comes across as a salad bowl of common fantasy tropes tossed together. I really wish Maas had focused less on presenting Celaena in the most perfect possible light and more on adding complexity to the story, especially with regards to the much-neglected (character arc-wise) antagonist(s).
    I don’t know if I care to read the upcoming book. The series was fun at first, but eventually got boring and frustrating to a veteran fantasy reader like me. For more dynamic female characters and complex plots, I’d recommend books by Kristen Cashore, Tamora Pierce, and Guy Gavriel Kay.

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