Throne of Glass #1 Kongens Forkæmper
Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published in English: 2012
Dansk titel: Kongens Forkæmper
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: June 2019
Genre: Fantasy & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
“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
This book was magical. I read tons of places that many people didn’t like it, and I was afraid of committing to series with seven books only to be disappointed. Damn I’m glad I decided to read this after all. This is much better than ´A Court of Thorns and Roses´ and will definitely enter my top five list of best YA.
If you liked The Selection, series this one will get right under your skin. I had the feeling right from the start, but the more captured I became with the story, the more similarities they shared with each other. America from The Section reminds me so much of Celaena, they are both very independent yet great personalities. We get the royal feeling from this book too, the dresses, the beautiful dances, the amazingly charming prince, in this Dorian and in The Selection Maxon. We got the evil King and many other characters that makes for an interesting plot. Besides the similarities it shares with The Selection Series by Kiera Cass, I could easily find similarities with The Hunger Games too.
I wasn’t a fan of the beginning of the story but I learned quickly to like Celaena and the few things that didn’t make any sense to me at first, vanished into the background, and I ended up, not taking notice of it.
Speaking of good things, this book isn’t filled with lots of nonsense and Maas didn’t drag the plot, it was spot on, with little to no filler.
After reading many negative reviews, I’m not sure if we’ve read the same book. Sure, there’s problems grammatically, story wise, character wise and some things seems odd in regards to Celaena, but I don’t think these “problems” are big enough to give this book a zero or one star rating. I would recommend this book to anyone who fancies series such as The Selection, The Hunger Games and Sarah J. Maas’ other series A Court of Thorns and Roses, this book and her other series share some similarities too.
Plot wise I think this is genius makes me envious that I didn’t get the idea first.
I can barely wait with getting started on the second book.