Thursday, June 28, 2012
Review: Throne of Glass
By: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass
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 kings 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 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.
Captivating, smart, magical and an all out cheer for this book and the characters! I loved it, every minute of it. I was hooked the second Celaena opened her mouth. She is a very strong female character and will definitely give other heroines a run for their money.
We meet Celaena in a prison mining salts, when the crown prince comes to acquire her to be his champion. The king has put together a competition and the winner will earn their freedom. This is all Celaena really wants is her freedom. She is known and very much feared by all because she is known as the greatest assassin in the world. Mind you, she’s only 18 years old. So she’s off to the castle with the Captain of the Guard – Chaol (who I have a crush on for real, think Mr. Darcy stereotype) and the crown prince Dorian, who is known as being a playboy of sorts.
Throughout her training with Chaol a bond is formed, but at the same time Dorian is now showing an interest in Celaena as well and who is she to deny the crown prince. But with that comes complications, as she is an assassin and he is a prince, it would never really work out but Dorian thinks otherwise. Celaena also befriends the Princess of Ellywle, with a friendship that grows quickly and at one point trust is almost lost, but regained and as strong as it should be. There is much the two can learn from each other if they would just stop lying to each other.
There is much that happens throughout the book that I really don’t want to say because you really should read this, its worth it believe me. Celaena’s wit and her banter with all the other characters alone are worth the read. This book had me laughing, gasping, sighing, and cheering the champion on. It’s actually just really hard to review this book because there is just so much to say but I just can’t give it away. I don’t want to spoil your experience reading it for the first time. I think I rewrote this review several times already and it’s just been that hard to put into words.
To sum it up quickly, go read the book! It comes out in August and it should be on the top of your TBR lists. The characters were great, the plot was great, everything was just amazing and fit perfectly. It will make you want to read the whole book through in one sitting because it’s that good. There are even amazing fight sequences in this book and the whole time I’m trying to picture 18 year old Assassin Celaena kicking but all over the place. I recently learned that there are also novella’s that are available as ebooks that show Celaena’s experiences before she got into the salt mines. I think I’m about to go purchase them because I want to know as much about the Kings new assassin as I possibly can.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: A Throne of Glass Novella
The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass)
The Assassin and the Desert
I received this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury Children's Books, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!