Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #1
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Number of Pages: 416
Source: ARC from BEA
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
If there’s one thing I can say for sure about Throne of Glass, it’s that I freaking LOVED it. It didn’t take me long to get captivated by the world Sarah J. Maas created. This book has everything I would ever want in a fantasy novel. Amazing story telling? Check. Great characters? Check. Captivating plot? Check again! It was quite hard for me not to get caught in the story from page one. The world Sarah J. Maas created was really well presented to the reader, making it really easy for me to imagine the world the story was set in, without slowing the story down.
Now, when it comes down to the characters, I have to say I was extremely pleased with what I got. Celaena was simply fun to follow. I liked the fact that she was beautiful, and she kind of knew it. She had an attitude, was sometimes a little full of herself, but that’s what made her that interesting to me. These days, we get so many shy, unconfident characters. It was fun to see someone be so confident. Many would be scared to fight so many warriors, in order to win her freedom. Yet, she never seemed really scared. Of course, I can’t not talk about the two male interests. They were both quite interesting, and I have to say it is hard to me to find a favorite for Celaena. Chaol and Prince Dorian were both really interesting, and both quite swoon-worthy. I do have a small preference for Prince Dorian, but for most of the book, I was simply hoping she would FREAKING KISS ONE OF THEM!!! They both brought something different to Celaena, and I really liked that.
I have to say; Sarah J. Maas really got me dying for more from her. Her book really had everything I could have asked for, and even more. I can’t wait to know what will happen next. Throne of Glass is definitely a book I would recommend. Loved every second spent reading it.