Audiobook Review – Throne of Glass

Posted August 2, 2016 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 0 Comments

Audiobook Review – Throne of GlassThrone of Glass Series: Throne of Glass #1
by Sarah J Maas
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Published by Audible Studios for Bloomsbury on November 5, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Length: 12 hours and 47 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

My Review

I loved Throne of Glass ! This is another YA series that I’ve heard so many bloggers talk about and their praises were right on for this book. I was hooked in with the first chapter. This is a must read for fans of YA fantasy.

What did I love about Throne of Glass?

  • You jump right in to the story from the first chapter. The pace was steady and as the story progresses we learn all about the main characters.
  • The series is set in a fantasy world but you don’t get lost with all the details.
  • The three main characters are well developed and I loved them. Celaena is an orphan and was forced to be an assassin. Even though she’s lead a life filled with violence she still had compassion for people. I loved that she wasn’t a cold hearted killer as her reputation assumed she was. Prince Dorian strives to be nothing like his ruthless father and he sees the good in Celaena. I loved the banter between Celaena and Dorian. Finally there is Chaol the Captain of the King’s guard. He is moody but we see he soften a little when it comes to supporting Celaena. For once this is a book in which I had no problems liking any of the main characters!
  • The story is told in alternating POVs of Celaena, Dorian and Chaol. The transitions were done well and I enjoyed seeing the other POV for the same scene. It was interesting to see how the three characters feel they have nothing in common but in reality they are all struggling with the same fears and insecurities.
  • There is a love triangle which for once I didn’t mind being part of the story. As the main characters spend time together it was obvious there would be an attraction. But Celaena is so focus on getting her freedom so she chooses not to pursue a relationship with one of the guys. I loved how Celaena made this choice and we were spared the teen drama found in other YA books.
  • Since I’m late to starting this series I don’t have to wait for the next books! It would have been torture having to wait to find out what happened next.

What did I hate about Throne of Glass?

  • Absolutely nothing! This was perfect!!

 

Throne of Glass has humor, romance and action. I highly recommend this to all fantasy fans.

Audiobook Review

I thought Elizabeth Evans did a great job narrating Throne of Glass. Celaena is a legendary assassin and was a complex character. She was arrogant and stubborn but then we see her caring side. Elizabeth Evans brought all the characters to life with the right emotions. The combination of author Sarah J. Maas’ writing and Elizabeth Evans’ performance had me captivated. I had a hard time putting this down and I can’t wait to read the next book.

 

 

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Audiobook Performance
five-stars
Overall: five-stars

 

About Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2016 Reading Assignment
  • COYER Summer 2016

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