Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloombury's USA Children's
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
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 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.
I'm pretty late to the Throne of Glass party, but that's ok, because better late than never! I'm always a bit nervous going into a popular, hyped-up book because the hype ruins so many of them for me. But not this one! No, this one I really really liked! Hooray!
I loved Celaena. She's just one of those characters that I couldn't help but fall in love with. Even though she's not perfect, I still wanted her to succeed. I mean, this girl has been through Hell and is just so strong and tenacious. Love her.
Then there are the boys. First Prince Dorian, who I enjoyed. He seemed like an all-around decent guy, though constantly in his father's shadow. Then there's Chaol, who I particularly liked (all though I'm not sure of the exact reason why). Since there are two guys, you can probably guess that there is a little bit of a love triangle. Although it's not very pronounced right now (as it is fairly one-sided), I think that it will be developed as the series progresses.
I also enjoyed the action in this book. Any book with a competition involved seems to add extra excitement for me and this was no exception. Especially since most of the competitors were very unlikable, so I particularly wanted Celaena to win!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and immediately bought the next two books after finishing this one!
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