There is always an amount of fear when picking up something that is so popular, has mob mentality caused everyone to overlook some flaws? Am I going to be disappointed because how can anything live up to the hype? With thoughts like this swirling around my mind, I picked up Throne of Glass. The first book in one of the most popular YA series out at the moment.
I'm delighted to say those fears were vanquished by some excellent story telling and compelling characters.
Our main character is young Celaena Sardothein, a famous assassin who was caught and forced to the hellish labor camp in the salt mines. Her time in this prison has near broken her when an opportunity for freedom presents itself, fight as the Crown Prince's choice in a competition to be crowned the Kings Champion. Serve under him for four years and earn her freedom.
Celaena is brash, quick tempered and violent but unquestionably skilled and cares for the people. Carrying across a protagonist like this can be difficult, especially after a near decade of more passive female leads in YA novels. However Celaena never comes off as too arrogant, her temper humanizes her rather than paint her as childish. Occasionally her age does come through, despite the hardships she's endured she is only 18 and can be prone to all that being a teenager entails, including crushes.
I've pretty much accepted that YA and Romance will for the most part walk hand in hand, which I do understand. A lot of times, coming of age means testing out what it's like to have other people in your life. That said, it is, usually done without care and feels more like
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