By: Jade Edwards
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas has written “a must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales” (USA Today). In a plot filled with mythical concepts, thrilling duels, and a flourishing love triangle, Throne of Glass brings adventure to life and sparks imagination. Immerse yourself in a story that will encourage an appreciation of individual freedom and empathy towards people who may just need a second chance or a new start in life.
In the region of Erilea, there remains a world where magic lives but has been forced to be forgotten. Within this region are many kingdoms. King Havilliard of Adarlan is brutally taking control over all of Erilea. The King is not above using his power and evil to destroy and put fear into people of other regions he gains control over, and he is not above silencing by death those who are against him. He is making millions of people into slaves that work in mines all over Erilea. A slave’s fate is usually death, and the mines just continue to fill up with residents.
Now, the King is looking for someone to do the killing for him and add to the people’s terror. He has set up a competition for both his entertainment and to find the person most capable of being his deadly extension, named the King’s Champion. Each of his councilman along with his son Dorian Havilliard, Crown Prince of Adarlan, must find a worthy opponent for this tournament. Enter Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s most notorious assassin, and the Prince’s decided competitor for the position. Her confidence and arrogance makes her believe that she is sure to win, but she finds that she will actually need to put in a bit more work to succeed after being betrayed, caught, and enslaved for a year in the Salt Mines of Endovier. Cain, one of the 23 other competitors, becomes Celaena’s biggest threat. This competition no longer seems so easy. Add in the lurking evil that seems to be spreading throughout the castle but targets only the competitors as it takes them out one by one. The responsibility begins to tower on Celaena’s shoulders more and more every day.
As soon as I began Throne of Glass, I was intrigued. The plot immediately reels readers into the story. The entire book is full of action and adventure, and it keeps its audience on the edge of their seats. Many of our fellow Bellbrook peers kept recommending the book to me: Randi Holder, sophomore; Amira Faulkner, senior; Abbey Raison, senior. I kept hearing about this book, and I am so glad that I finally got around to starting the series. To quote Abbey Raison, “Throne of Glass makes it feel like you are in the story along with the characters. It’s like Harry Potter and how it felt like you were truly there.“ If you like books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and other books with constant adventure, mystery, magic, and an added bonus of a love triangle, you will love this book. As an avid reader amongst friends who wouldn’t lead me astray when it comes to book suggestions, I recommend Throne of Glass to be added to your must-read-next book list. Enjoy!