Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 9:46 AM

Series: Throne of Glass #1

Format: Paperback

Source: Gifted

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Pages: 420

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 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.

 Celaena Sadothien isn't your ordinary eighteen year old girl, she is the most feared assassin in Adarlan.  Celaena has spent the past year in the Endovier salt mines serving out her sentence for the crimes that she has committed and she had accepted her fate until Prince Dorian made her an offer she that she couldn't refuse.  The Prince offered to give her freedom the condition that she be his champion in a competition that is being held by the king to be the royal assassin and if she wins he will grant her freedom after serving for four years.

Celaena accepts the Price Dorian's offer but soon after the competition begins, her competitors start dropping dead one by one and Celaena learns that there are dark forces at play within the castle and she must find out who or what is killing everyone before she becomes the next victim.

Celaena is definitely one kick ass heroine, I loved her sarcastic attitude.  I really liked her friendship with Nehemia and her relationships with both Chaol and Prince Dorian, unfortunately I'm still undecided which team I'm on, hopefully I will be able to choose a side after reading the next book in the series.

Throne of Glass was action an packed book with just enough mystery to keep you entertained from the beginning until the very last page, I can't wait to see what's in store for Celaena, Chaol and Prince Dorian in Crown of Midnight.

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Grave Mercy and Maria V. Snyder's Poison series.



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