Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Publication date: August 7, 2012
Source: Borrowed from library; will buy my own copy soon!
Summary (via Goodreads): 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 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.
Let me just say first off that I LOVED THIS BOOK (obviously, since I gave it 5/5 stars)! I read the novellas before Throne of Glass so I could have the backstory on Celaena Sardothien. I’d recommend reading the novellas first so you can find out how she ended up in the salt mines of Endovier, what some of her crimes were, and more about her assassin life before being convicted. I’ve never read a book about an assassin before, but Sarah J. Maas makes me want to read a whole bunch of them now! Although I think it’s mostly due to her amazing writing 🙂
I love that eighteen year old Celaena is a strong female character, even after a year in the salt mines of Endovier. She didn’t allow the horrible living conditions and hard labor break her spirit. When she’s given a way out, a chance at freedom, by becoming Crown Prince Dorian’s Champion, she jumps at the chance…after a bit of negotiation first. Soon they’re headed back to Rifthold, the place where she trained to become Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. After starting up the competition, thankfully the King is absent for most of the book. He is one creepy dude.
The book is mostly focused on Celaena and her journey through the competition. But as we watch Celaena grow stronger, we also watch her friendships grow stronger. I loved reading the dialogue between Celaena and the other characters, especially Chaol and Dorian. I found myself laughing out loud at so many good parts throughout the book. I’m usually not a huge fan when there’s more than one P.O.V. but I think it works to have some sections told through another character’s eyes. Instead of just learning how Celaena feels for the men, I also got to learn how they feel for her in return.
Maas does a great job of setting up the plot, throwing a bunch of twists into the story to keep it interesting. As the mysterious deaths start happening, I kept trying to figure out who was behind it along with Celaena. It wasn’t that hard to figure out if you kept note of some of the weird things happening, and the little clues that are scattered throughout the book.
Now for the best part—the men! Each of them has their own connection with Celaena; each brings out a different side of her. I haven’t read a ton of books where there’s a love triangle, but I totally get why she likes both Chaol and Dorian. I want them both for myself, although by the end of the book, I loved Chaol more. He’s totally my new book boyfriend. I know sharing is caring, but I don’t think I want to share him 🙂
One of my favorite lines from the book: “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you the most.”
I started reading the series as part of the readathon that Bloomsbury started on Twitter with the hashtag #ReadThroneofGlass. I started the series on July 9th with the novellas, and quickly caught up. Below is the schedule for the entire series, if you’d like to join in. I’m hoping to finish the last two books this week since they’re on my list for the #TBRTakedown challenge.
Final note: With all the information you need to learn, the book has its slow bits, but what book doesn’t? Especially one with a 400+ page count. The important thing was that I didn’t want to stop reading. I hope you’ll read Throne of Glass if you haven’t already. It’s a great YA fantasy novel.