Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genres: Fantasy, 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 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.
THRONE OF GLASS surprised me in all the best ways. Even with the abundance of positive reviews, I was still a little skeptical. I tend to avoid books with hype, but after grabbing my copy from the shelf and reading the back, I knew I was going to sit down and read it right then and there because of what was promised.
“Two men are in love with her. The whole land fears her. Only she can save them all.”
For all my wailing about bad love triangles, I sure can not get enough of them. I love love triangles, especially when they just work. THRONE OF GLASS is one case where having two love interests worked, and worked well. Prince or Captain? Well, that is up to you to decide, but it sure won’t be an easy decision! Both men are absolute perfection, but with faults that make them human, more real.
“In the garden, the Captain of the Guard stared up at the young woman’s balcony, watching as she waltzed alone, lost in her dreams. But he knew her thoughts weren’t of him.
She stopped and stared upward. Even from a distance, he could see the blush upon her cheeks. She seemed young—no, new. It made his chest ache. Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below.”
Maas most likely prides herself on ripping out our hearts with lines like this.
Anyway. THRONE OF GLASS has plenty more to offer than romance. It has action, politics, twists, and magic, which all combine to create a truly awesome novel.
Celaena is an assassin, who was caught and paid for her crimes in the Salt Mines. She is offered a deal: become the King’s Champion and fight for her freedom, or go back to the mines.
Celaena wants nothing less than fighting for the man that inadvertently was the reason she was forced to kill in the first place but her freedom is worth more to her than her hatred.
The action and fighting in this novel were very easy to imagine, the simple yet descriptive writing allowed me to become very immersed in the story. You could feel every emotion Celaena was feeling: her fatigue, her love for her friends, and her struggles. She is a major badass, plain and simple.
THRONE OF GLASS has truly great world-building, and for those of you who still wish to know more background and history, there are many novellas in the series to check out-they all take place before the first novel. I really enjoyed this book, and will be on the lookout for the rest of the series.