TITLE: Throne of Glass
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young Adult
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 four 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.
Wow wow wow wow wow. I can now admit that I am addicted to a new series and I’m not entirely sure how to defend myself for not reading this book sooner. I will admit, that until this point, I have never picked up a Sarah J. Maas book. And I know, that will totally shock some of you. I can’t even say why it’s taken me so long. I think it’s just that I’ve gotten distracted with so many other books, that I’ve always said I’ve wanted to read her books, I just haven’t. Until now.
Throne of Glass was everything I expected it to be, and more. I can see the hype and I can see why so many people love Sarah J. Maas’ books.
When I started this book, I found it to be a slow start. Looking back, I don’t know why I thought that, because Maas literally jumped right into the storyline. But at the time, I didn’t know what I was in for.
I loved Celaena. She was such a flawed, arrogant, stand-offish, defensive and brave heroine. I loved her. She was able to switch between warmth and sweetness, to her assassin self so instantly that it made for some interesting moments.
Dorian and Chaol. Oh where do I start? I loved them both … equally. I am so split as to which one I liked more – they both had so many intriguing elements about them that made me love them. Chaol was argumentative, defensive and guarded. I found that these qualities fit perfectly with the qualities of Celaena. Dorian on the other hand was sweet and kind. He was everything that was the opposite of his father and it was so interesting. I cannot wait to see how their characters progress in the next novels.
I’m really looking forward to picking up the next book. And I’ll be cursing myself for not being faster on reading these while I struggle to catch up! But for now, consider me a new fan of Maas.
”"You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you the most."Favourite Quote
About The Author
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
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