Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publication date: August 7, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
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.
Throne of Glass
Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings 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.(synopsis from Goodreads)
is the first in a young adult fantasy by Sarah
J. Maas. I became completely immersed in the world this author created. I quickly consumed this brilliant,
captivating tale. Filled with fleshed
out characters and intrigue this is sure to make my top ten list for 2012.
The tale begins when we meet eighteen year old Celaena
Sardothien. She is Ardarlan’s most feared Assassin. The world is at war, and Celaena has spent the
past year in the deadly salt mines of Endovier. Known for being a brutal
prison; most do not last more than a few months. Starved and scarred she is summoned and assumes it is for her death. Prince Dorian Havilliard of Adarlan makes her
an offer. If she wins the king’s competition for a royal assassin she can gain
her freedom. Despite her hatred for the king, she readily accepts the prince’s offer. At Rifthold Castle she trains, makes friends
and discovers secrets about herself and the castle. The tale that unfolds kept
me riveted. Filled with romance, mystery and danger, I devoured this novel in two evenings.
The characters were all fascinating from the cruel and power
hungry king to the mysterious Princess Nehemia. Celaena has to be one of my all time favorite protagonists. She is
smart, fearless and charming. She can be
snarky, quick witted and utterly delightful. Trained from the age of eight she is a deadly
weapon and yet she can be completely feminine. Her conversations with the main characters had me laughing aloud. She is
complex and I loved seeing all the different sides of her. The novel hints at things to come with Celaena
and I cannot wait to see her growth in this series. The Captain
of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, is assigned to watch, train, and guard Celaena. He
doesn’t trust her in the beginning but their relationship grows. I really connected with him and found him to
be noble, sensitive and loyal. The Crown Prince, Dorian Havilliard hasn’t yet
learned to stand up to his father. I
felt sorry for this quite, sensitive man. Celaena draws him out and allows Maas
to reveal the many facets of this would be king. The elements of a love triangle are in place,
and I waivered back and forth between the two men. Other characters added to the intrigue,
suspense and mystery. Some I adored like
Nox and some I loathed like Cain and Lady Kaltain. I seriously wanted to scratch her eyes
out more than once..LOL.
The world building was fantastic, brilliant and
spell-bounding. Maas breathed life into the glass castle, the characters and
the world of Adarlan. In a world filled
with Fae, witches and magic, the mortal king has outlawed all forms of
magic. Celaena is well versed in the Fae
and has a healthly fear of them. When she discovers Wyrdmarks around the castle
she is intrigued and sets out to learn their meaning. I became swept up in the mystery of these
marks and the discoveries she made. Something is brutally killing off the competitors
and it doesn’t appear to be human. This adds a great deal of suspense to the
tale. I loved the competitions the
champions had to endure. I found myself on the edge of my seat as Celaena
completed each phase. Maas has done an
incredible job of weaving many different plots into a tale that is rich with
well fleshed out characters. While this tale doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger,
Maas leaves us with enough unanswered questions and suspense to have this
reader itching to read book two.
I highly recommend Throne of Glass to fans of fantasy and
strong female protagonist. This is a novel that will appeal to both the young
and old. I have added Maas to my authors to read list.
I want to thank Bloomsbury Publishing and netGalley for
providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.
I gave this novel five coffee cups out of five.
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