Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publication: August 7, 2012 by Bloomsbury
Source: Bought from FullyBooked
Genre: High-fantasy, Romance
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.
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Throne of Glass is the third book I added to my newly created Goodreads back in May because I was really impressed with the synopsis, the whole process of how the story has been completed and getting it published. It took ten years for Maas to get this one done and five agonizing months for me to get a copy. But as I have said, it is totally worth while.
Celaena Sardothien is the world's greatest assassin. After being betrayed then captured by the enemies, she's been thrown to slave at the salt mines in Ednovier for a year. Crown Prince of Adarlan Dorian Havillian, together with the Captain of the Guard Chaol Westfall, offers her a chance to be free by being the King's Champion and serve as an assassin for four years. All she have to do is fight to death twenty-three criminals on a competition. Knowing her capabilities and tasting the sweetness of freedom, she gladly agrees.
The world of Elirea is such a wonderful place. I've been seriously daunted by how magical, powerful and beautiful this place is and I could actually see bits of it from A Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. The mesmerizing Glass Castle is one thing and it haven't even described the forests in full blast yet! The story line is very rich and it is so captivating that three days after reading it, it still lingered and reading another book had been difficult.
Celaena Sardothien started very conceited and arrogant. Without her irresistible wit and hidden kindness, I would have hated her to my heart's content. Though I felt unsatisfied with the little action she've demonstrated still, along the way, she's able to prove she has the right to be overconfident about her skills. Her chemistry with the Crown Prince is just undeniably perfect. They see through each other and with all those teasing and caring that added beauty to the novel, hands down they're in love. But what happens to the ever aloof Captain of the Guard? Will he fall deeper for Celaena? Wishing for book two to come out is really an understatement for me.
Maas' debut novel is my most anticipated book for this year and I couldn't put the rights words to describe how I loved it. Writing this review wouldn't give justice to how much perfect it is. It has always been what I've envisioned it to be - an exquisite one. Joy engulfed my heart when I learned that the series is comprise of six books because a great novel such as this one should never end.
"He won every game, yet she hardly noticed. As long as she hit the ball, it resulted in shameless bragging. When she missed - well, even the fires of Hell couldn't compare to the rage that burst from her mouth. He couldn't remember a time when he'd laugh so hard."
"Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."