As I said in my post last week, I will be running a Throne of Glass readalong until 18th January. In case you missed them, you can find Part One here, Part Two here and Part Three here. I plan on re-reading the first three books in the series before finally reading the fourth and most recent addition, so I thought I’d turn it into a bit of a blog event and encourage my readers to join in! Whether you’ve read the book before or are reading for the first time, feel free to leave your thoughts! And of course, as this is a readalong discussion post, there will be spoilers for Throne of Glass ahead.
Today I’ll be discussing the fourth and final part of the book – chapters 40 to the end.
Part Four sees Celaena discover more about the Wyrd and Wyrdmarks, take part in the final Tests and finally, the duel to become King’s Champion – all the while trying to keep herself and her friends alive whilst a murderous force makes its way through the castle.
- I can’t help but feel a little bit sorry for Kaltain. Despite the fact that she’s a spoilt, judgmental brat, it’s not quite all her fault… and then when she gets arrested for attempting to poison Celaena, you know her life has pretty much ended. Or at least as she knows it, we’re left with some rather ominous words of how she might be employed in the future.
- Oh Chaol. As much as I love this book, I’m still not entirely sold on Celaena being the world’s greatest assassin. I guess because we’ve only heard of what she’s done, rather than actually seen anything. However, it’s quite tricky – showing Celaena as a brutal and ruthless assassin could serve to dehumanise her and drive readers away. But that’s her job. She’s an assassin, she kills people. She is a murderer – not by choice, but still.
- Even though I know what happens, the last fifty pages felt just as tense as the first time that I read them.
- I’m glad that Celaena makes the decision to be free, and makes it for herself. She refuses Dorian’s offer of any kind of serious relationship, because she knows she can’t be tied down. Once she’s done her four years service as the King’s Champion, that’s it – she’s out of there, regardless of any relationships. I love love love that she made this decision, and didn’t get all mopey about boys and romance and stuff like so many other YA heroines.
- The ending is bittersweet. But it leaves you wanting more, more, more!
- If you’re interested in reading my review from the first time I read Throne of Glass, you can do so here.
- The readalong for the second book, Crown of Midnight, will most likely be held with my Goodreads book group only, not on the blog. This is because I never actually wrote a review, so I’d like to do that on here this time round, and discuss it in more detail on the group. Hopefully I’ll sort the buddy read out for February.
‘… Chaol didn’t know if he could sleep at night knowing that he had retrained and released the world’s greatest assassin.’ — pg. 327