Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 7, 2012
Source/Edition: Bought at GoHastings, Hardcover (Used)
Summary provided by Goodreads:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Wow. Beautiful. Empowering. Well-written. There are too many words to describe Throne of Glass. It was just absolutely amazing. I walked into this series not knowing what to expect from it. I didn’t even know that it was fantasy. I read through it fairly quickly and I fell in love with the characters, especially the main characters: assassin Celaena Sardothien and Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard. Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Guard, caught my attention as well but was a bit too rigid for me. Dorian, however, was a little treat wrapped in a bow! He was very easy to like (at least I thought so) and his relationship with Celaena was fun to read.
However, the real star of this novel was Celaena! She is the most notorious assassin in Adarlan. No one knew how she looked like or even how old she was but everyone feared her name. Dorian offers her freedom from Endovier, which is pretty much slavery at the works. Accepting this offer and winning the competition means her freedom but she’s getting more than she’s bargained for. Celaena is feisty, witty, sassy, intelligent, and caring. She’s strong, loyal, and a total bada**. This is the first novel I’ve read starring a female assassin and it felt empowering! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t intend to be an assassin but I loved her confidence and the power that she exerted. It was obvious that she went through the roughest time of her life but she’s still fighting on!
I loved the way Sarah J. Maas wrote the novel. I loved the plot twists and the romance. Her writing pulled me right into the world and her descriptions of Endovier, Adarlan, and the characters made the experience that much better. Of course, the romance in the book gave it even more brownie points! She is definitely a new favorite author and Throne of Glass was an amazing debut novel.