Throne of Glass

Description from Goodreads:

There is an alternate cover edition for this ASIN here.

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:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas has 432 pages and was published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens in 2012.

Sarah J. Maas is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  Her writing style is smooth and easy to read.  I hadn’t read anything by her until recently and everything I’ve read so far has been amazing.  Throne of Glass is no exception.

Throne of Glass is the brilliant first installment of the series.  This novel follows Celaena Sardothien, the world’s most famous assassin, as she is pulled from a death camp and thrust into a competition she doesn’t really want to be a part of.  However, she agrees to participate in order to earn her freedom.

I love the characters in this book.  Throne of Glass does have the rather stereotypical YA love-triangle but honestly, it didn’t bother me.  It is sweet how the relationships develop.

There are several questions left unanswered at the end of the book.  Although, Maas is able to do this in a way that leaves the reader wanting more and not irritated that the story isn’t finished.

Recommended for fans of YA and fantasy.  If you decide to read this book, you won’t be disappointed.

Rating:  5 Plot Monster Spiders

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Notable Quotes:

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
― Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
― Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass

The Series:

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The 7th and final book coming in 2018.

MDW original review.  Source:  Library.

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