Throne of Glass (#1) by Sarah J Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury on August 2nd, 2012
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic
Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository
Synopsis: 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 four 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: I read this book a while back and as I was writing my review for the second novel ‘Crown of Midnight’ I realized I hadn’t written a review for this one! Goodreads says that I finished this book September 2015… almost a year ago. I think it’s about time for a review.
I remember being super excited to read this series so when I got my hands on the first book I may have devoured it in a matter of days.
What I liked:
- the cover
- the intricate world building
- the characters are written so well that you can visualize them in your head
- I actually like the writing being in 3rd person and having the perspective shift… it’s easy to follow and I haven’t really seen it done before
What I didn’t like:
- slow pace
- the love triangle that’s being set up… I think the book would’ve been a bit better without the romance aspect (but I mean, having read Crown of Midnight the romance is cool now… no love triangle!)
Rating: 4/5 stars!