Throne of Glass
Sarah J Maas
August 7th 2012
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
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 kings 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.
Fantasy abounds in Throne of Glass, the thrilling debut by Sarah J Maas. Don’t let its length and size intimidate you – the hype machine is right this time. Throne of Glass is most definitely worth the buzz.
A notorious assassin, a competition, and mysterious, horrific deaths are just a few things you’ll find within the pages of this fantasy thriller. And not only is the plot thrilling, the characters were just as wonderful as well – mouthy, witty, funny, you’ll find them all.
Our main character, Celaena, being the killer that she is, is just a girl who loves dressing up, the feeling of the sun on her skin, and just so happens to know how to kill a man in seconds. All Celaena wants is freedom. And if she wins the competition set by her horrible king, she’ll be free in four years.
It’s easy enough. Defeat her twenty-three opponents and be chosen Champion. But before she knows it, Celaena isn’t fighting to win. She isn’t fighting for freedom. She’s fighting for her life.
Throne of Glass is descriptive and imaginative. With a fast-moving plot to go with it, the pages will hold your attention till the end. The crafted world of Sarah J Maas is one you won’t want to leave, and one you won’t be able to forget. Sarah J Maas is a master storyteller.
Throne of Glass is, in short, a masterpiece. From the riveting opening pages to the perfect ending, this debut lacks nothing. The world building is spot-on, the characters are fleshed out, and the plot is a whirlwind – why wouldn’t you want to read it?