Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Genre: High Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 404
Series : #1 in Throne of Glass
Author Website: Sarah J. Maas
Buy the Book: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound
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.
I’ve heard Throne of Glass pitched as Game of Thrones for a YA audience. I haven’t read Game of Thrones, but I’m pretty sure that’s true going by the television show. Throne of Glass is the flawless opener for a surely amazing series.
Celaena rocked my world through all 404 pages. She is just the type of heroine that I love to write about. A major badass with a haunting past and an impossible ultimatum. From the mines of the prison camp in Endovier, her life is changed forever when she competes in the competition to be the King of Adarlan’s personal assassin. Her entire life has been spent hating everything that the crown stands for, and now she finds herself a part of it, if only to survive. I felt all the feels for Celaena. She shows incredible bravery and snark, while also being so haunted and utterly human as well.
So, the love triangle. It wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be. I kind of liked it a lot the way Sarah did it. Celaena and Prince Dorian instantly have an attraction to each other. However, I found myself seeing mostly physical attraction and witty banter between them. Chaol, however, well, *swoons*. Now that I’ve composed myself, there wasn’t a whole lot of romance between him and Celaena, but as he is her personal guard, there was some intimacy. I am team Chaol all the way, but both love interests were pretty swoonworthy. I just tend to prefer my YA men to be swashbuckling, brave heroes.
There is a whole fantasy aspect to Throne of Glass that I wasn’t expecting at all and hadn’t heard about. I won’t spoil it for you, but I absolutely loved the magical twist. It added a lot of mystery and goosebumps on my part. There was slight hinting at Celaena possibly having some kind of power her herself, which I am so pumped to see about it Crown of Midnight.
Throne of Glass was probably one of the best if not the best high fantasy book I have read this year. I am most looking forward to seeing more romance between Chaol and Celaena in Crown of Midnight, which I will be buying ASAP!