Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: Throne of Glass
Author:
Sarah J. Maas
Series:
Throne of Glass #1
Genre:  
YA Fantasy
Publisher:
Bloomsbury
# of Pages:
404
Published:
August 7th, 2012
Buy: Amazon | Chapters 

 

Summary: (Goodreads)

An alternate cover edition can be found here.

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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.

Review: 

I’ve never been a huge fan of fantasy novels. I mean I absolutely love the Harry Potter series but other than that I’ve never really naturally gravitated towards any sort of fantasy novel. Throne of Glass has been on my radar for a while now, after hearing so many amazing things and even buying it I still couldn’t bring myself to read it. A couple weeks ago a fellow blogger friend of mine sent me the second and third book in the series, giving me the gentle nudge to dive into the world of Celaena Sardothien. After finishing Throne of Glass, my first thought was that I have been avoiding fantasy novels for far too long!

Throne of Glass started off a little slow to me. I started to worry that I wouldn’t be able to make it through this book let alone the rest of the series. About half way through the book I found myself hooked, and engaged with the characters. I have become so attached to Celaena, Dorion, Chaol and Nehemia, each of them bring something different to the table. Alone they might not be all that interesting, but together they weave an intricate tale of friendship, romance and adventure. I can definitely see why people have become so infatuated with these stories and these characters. After completing Throne of Glass I was so happy to already have Crown of Midnight on my bookshelf!

Sarah J. Maas completely captivated me once this story got going. On one hand I’m disappointed that I didn’t read this sooner, on the other hand I’m happy because more books in the series have been released so I can binge read them like crazy! I’m so excited to see what happens next! How will Celaena handle being the Kings Champion? Will she end up with Chaol or Dorion? Throne of Glass left me with so many questions!

Rating: 4/5

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