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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.
I don’t even know where to begin this review. Throne of Glass has been on my radar for a while now, thanks to numerous Top Ten lists and also the hype surrounding it when Heir of Fire came out. I knew that I had to jump on the bandwagon, I was just trying to delay it, waiting for the hype to die down a bit. It hasn’t though. People kept on insisting that I should read it, so with much trepidation I started Throne of Glass. I’m so glad that the hype monster didn’t ruin the reading experience for me. I was warned that the other books in this series were better than its debut, but to be honest….I thoroughly enjoyed Throne of Glass so I’m SO excited to continue the series.
Throne of Glass centres around Celaena who is Ardalan’s biggest, most powerful assassin. As well as being deadly, she’s beautiful too. Everyone knows about her. Celaena has been labouring away in the salt mines of Endovier hoping for a chance of freedom. Celaena is finally offered freedom by Dorian who is the Crown Prince of Ardalan. The task at hand is to become the World Champion in a competition that seeks to find a royal assassin. Celaena is up against some strong men, assassins and warriors from across the empire. It’s certainly a massive challenge for her, but if she succeeds then she will serve some time with the King and then she’ll be allowed to be free. That is Celaena’s ultimate goal.
I truly think that Celaena is going to be a character that you either love or hate. She’ll definitely evoke emotion in one way or another. I personally loved her determination, strength and mostly her wit. She was so sarcastic, I absolutely loved it. I have to say, I really expected Celaena to be a tomboyish character, but she wasn’t. She was in fact, quite girly, revelling in the fact that she could wear pretty dresses. Not what I had expected from an assassin, but I loved it nonetheless.
Throne of Glass is packed full of characters that I can’t wait to learn more about. The male characters are particularly strong and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the relationships progress in the next few books.
I was captivated by the story. Fantasy wasn’t really my thing, but with the strong Young Adult fantasy books in the genre at the moment, I can see myself being swayed. I shied away from this book before thinking it would be too much fantasy for me to handle, but I admit, I was wrong. I was so engrossed in the story and I can’t wait to read more. Sarah J Maas has really captured my attention and I can’t wait to continue Celaena’s journey.
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