Review Of Throne of Glass

Monday, 14 July 2014
Book: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: 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.

Review: I'm going to be perfectly honest, this book got me hooked on fantasy novels. It's not like I hadn't read any before (because I had), but none of them had Chaol Westfall. When the book first starts, we are introduced to a mysterious man who comes with Prince Dorian to offer the protagonist, Celaena Sardothien a chance to compete in his father's competition. This man just so happened to be Chaol. As time goes on, we learn more and more about him, thus making us like him even more. For some reason, YA authors seem to think that instaromance is the way to go, but I like how Chaol's and Celaena's friendship actually grew over the course of the novel. It just gave it that feeling of THIS IS A REALISTIC and not THIS COULD NEVER HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE.

If you've not read the novellas (i.e. The Assassin's Blade), then I recommend you do so BEFORE you read this book. Otherwise, a few things won't make sense to you (i.e. Sam, Arobynn, how she got to Endovier in the first place) so go read them first!

Anyway, as arrogant as Celaena may be, she is still an enjoyable character to read especially considering that she is an assassin and doesn't need a man to protect her like in practically every other YA book out there. *Insert round of applause*

On top of that, Maas's writing was absolutely stunning! From beginning to end, I was hooked and when the story ended, I was left craving more. I'll definitely be reading her future works!

Overall, if you have not picked up this book yet, what are you waiting for? It's awesome.

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