Monday, March 17, 2014

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of GlassTitle: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Format: Ebook; 404pg
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 1599906953

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.

I read four of the novellas that prequel Throne of Glass. I am so happy that I did, because it provided a back-story that helped me better understand and empathize with the character of Celaena. To anyone that plans to read or read and loved Throne of Glass and haven't read the novellas, I highly recommend them.

Throne of Glass was a captivating read. It begins with Celaena Sardothien, the Assassin of Adarlan, being propositioned by Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Gaurd, to become the King's Champion. (Champion meaning Assassin. *Wink wink*) As much as she detests the current King, Celaena's only other option is to die working in the Salt Mines of Endovier. Celaena has already made it a year in the death camp, but doubts she can make it much longer. Needless to say, Celaena jumps at the chance of freedom from Endovier. The next few months are mostly filled with training and competing to become the King's Champion. However, things change when a competitor shows up gruesomely murdered, shortly followed by another and another... Now Celaena must figure out what is going on before she becomes the next victim.

The character of Celaena was very multi-faceted and I greatly appreciated that. For all that she has been through, Celaena retains her sharp, sarcastic wit and an amazing amount of confidence. There is, of course, a love triangle between the handsome Prince Dorian and Chaol, Captian of the Gaurd. I had a hard time distinguishing those two characters apart in my mind. I kept envisioning them looking alike and since they were close friends it made everything a bit confusing for me. They were still interesting characters though.

The plot was fast paced and kept me interested. It took a bit of a supernatural turn that I definitely wasn't expecting. Overall, I would say Throne of Glass is a highly entertaining novel that packs a punch.

5 stars to Throne of Glass!

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