Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's
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.
After reading the novellas leading up to the release of Throne of Glass, I expected nothing short of what I received...... a heart-pounding, all-consuming, mind-blowing plot. I am a SJM fan and more so a Throne of Glass fan. Give me more! Give me more!
Celaena Sardothien lost her first love, Sam, in The Assassin and the Empire. I cried my eyes out and have yet to bring myself to write a review for that title because I refused to accept the loss. Anyhow, Celaena has been enslaved by order of the King. She, and other slaves toiled in salt mines of Endovier- it is the place that breaks spirits and crushes any hope. However, Celaena possess strength the world is still coming to learn. She has not been broken!
Prince Dorian chooses Celaena to fight as his champion in exchange her freedom after a number of years in service. Celaena hates playing the Kings games but for the first time in a long while Celaena decides she's going to fight for herself again. The reminder of Sam still weighing on her but now she is ready to be free.
Captain Chaol and Prince Dorian are young men and the best of friends. While Chaol is of a serious nature, Dorian is playful. Both get to know Celaena further than they intended to and soon come to learn that being an assassin doesn't make you evil. As training ensues, Celaena learns of her competition and spies some rather unpleasing events. Someone is killing off the competition and she is determined not to be the next one. But with someone or someones wielding forbidden and some forgotten magic the upper-hand is not in Celaena's favor. By the novels end, I see that there is more in store for Celaena, Dorian and Chaol. What that will be, I am eager to find out. One thing I am certain of is that I will be reading and reviewing whatever is to come.
All in all, Throne of Glass is a heart-pounding, all-consuming, mind-blowing read. Celaena, Chaol and Dorian are characters you must meet. Throne of Glass is a world where you must experience yourself.
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