Monday, August 6, 2012

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Source: Thanks Netgalley and Bloomsbury
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Summary: 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 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: Throne of Glass is a read of epic proportions. It's a lengthy read but inside is something very awesome.

I loved the world of Throne of Glass. It's a messed up one complete with an evil ruler who happens to live in a glass castle. Of course this evil ruler has a devishly handsome son. We'll get to that later though. The world building isn't all that great due to the fact that the story mostly takes  place in a castle. I'm absolutely dying to know more about the world based on little tidbits we got to know during the book.

Celaena is a interesting character for lack of a better word. She isn't exactly likable with all her assassin traits. Sometimes it seemed like she was good at everything! Still, I managed to come to care about her towards the end of the book. 

Then we have the occurrence of the dreaded love triangle. Dorian and Chaol. Dorian is annoying and apparently really pretty. Chaol is sweet and the Captain of the Guard, making him pretty darn cute to me. He's also funny and a lot more complex then the prince.  I think you can guess where my loyalties lie. Celaena and Chaol's interactions was what really endeared this book to me. I'm hoping their friendship can turn into something more. Thankfully, romance wasn't a huge focus during the book. It was mainly on a fantastic mystery and fantasy elements. 

Throne of Glass is still an engaging read at 400 some pages. It capitured me because of the fact that this is a fantasy done right. Throne of Glass has its faults but it still succeed in being an addictive read that I enjoyed highly. 

Rating: 4.5 stars


Mary @ BookSwarm said...

Very intriguing. I had some issues with it but it was a fun enough read that I'm looking forward to the second in this series (I haven't caved and read the novellas, though I hear they're good and give a bit more insight into the MC).

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