Read Along: Throne of Glass – Part Four

Throne of Glass (3)

| Part Four |

Chapters 40 – end

Welcome to the read along of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, organised by Rinn Reads.

As one of the few people to have not read Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series, I couldn’t resist the opportunity of a read along, despite having heard very mixed opinions – ranging from extreme love to extreme hate! From the 8th – 18th… ahem, 19th January… I will be reading Throne of Glass and posting my thoughts for discussion. Here’s what the schedule would look like if I could actually manage to keep to it:

8th January

Discussion of chapters 1 – 13

11th January

Discussion of chapters 14 – 27

14th January

Discussion of chapters 28 – 39

18th January

Discussion of chapters 40 – end

 There will be spoilers!

| Part Three Rating |four star

| The Story So Far |

Dark forces continue to infiltrate the castle and, as Celaena discovers more about the Wyrdmarks and their magic, she must face the darkness head on whilst simultaneously fighting for victory as the King’s champion. As both events come to a head, and her chance of victory balances on a knife’s edge, Celaena must put her trust in both her friends and her abilities – she must fight, or die.

| The Discussion |

Well this turned out to be an unexpectedly enjoyable read. There may well have been more murderers, assassins and thieves than you can shake a stick at but, at its heart, Throne of Glass remains a fun and enchanting novel which manages to retain a sense of humour throughout.  After reaching a satisfying conclusion which tied up most loose ends, I am definitely excited to move onto its sequel. I only hope that it lives up to the expectation that this novel has inspired!

| The Highlights |

The friendship between Nehemia and Celaena is one of the most wonderful parts of this novel. Female friendships often get a rough time of it in fiction and rarely come across as true to life (and that’s being kind!) but with Throne of Glass Maas has definitely scored a winner. Celaena may have had her momentary doubts about Nehemia’s character but it wasn’t without great regret… and a lot of second guessing! 

Kaltain getting her comeuppance was a rather fun moment! I highly doubt she was a particularly nice character even before Perrington had his claws into her so it all worked out rather well in the end! I’m certain she’ll return with a vengeance in the books to come… only with less of the inane drivel, I hope.

Oh so many an intriguing teaser about Celaena’s past! The hints regarding her heritage, with possible links to the fae, were a definite highlight throughout the narrative and are one of the driving forces in making me want to pick up the next book. I am in no doubt that all will be revealed in good time!

The romance didn’t irritate me! A definite win. This  book played it with a light touch and didn’t overstep the boundary into making the whole novel revolve around the love triangle (cough.. even if I was a little pro-Chaol). And the fact that Celaena chose freedom above all else at the end definitely won her my vote! 

The whole story wrapped up neatly, had a rather exciting ending and was enjoyable throughout but…

What was your favourite moment in Throne of Glass? Were you satisfied with the conclusion?

| The Low Points |

…It was just a little bit obvious. There seemed to be something a little predictable in Cain, Perrington and the King being the bad guys and Kaltain, although subjected to some man-ring-hoodoo, was intensely dislikeable anyway so I was neither surprised when she joined team supervillain, nor did I care when they let her take the fall (although I was amused!). I would have loved to be surprised at some point towards the end of the novel but it all panned out as expected (though in an exciting fashion of course)… oh well! Can’t have it all.

The fact that Celaena is considered the world’s most famous assassin still doesn’t quite hit the mark. Perhaps in the next novel we will see more of her employment skills and these credentials will be made more apparent… but for now it just feels like something she likes to tell herself. The hard edges to her character definitely didn’t remain at the end which probably contributes to her lack of assassin vibes. But never mind! I still like her!

What were the low points, if any, for you?

Stay tuned for the review!

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