Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass (Book 1)
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages
ISBN-10: 1599906953 (Bloomsbury Kids)
ISBN-13: 978-1599906959 (Bloomsbury Kids)
Reviewed by: Kristie
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.
Quick & Dirty: Suspenseful fantasy novel full of intrigue and two strong female characters.
Opening Sentence: After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.
Excerpt: Yes (but must have a Facebook account)
Celaena Sardothien was one of the greatest assassin’s her country Adarlan has ever known. Often referred to as Adarlan’s Assassin, she built up a reputation at a young age. When she was finally captured for her crimes she was sent to the Endovier Salt Mines. Throne of Glass begins with Celaena receiving a proposition, enter a competition to become the King’s Champion or live out the rest of her short days in the salt mines. Celaena would do anything to be free of the salt mines so she agrees to the competition even though she hates the King for destroying her country.
Celaena is sponsored by the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Dorian Havilliard, while she will be training with the Captain of the King’s Guard Chaol Westfall. Celaena must defeat twenty-three others before she can gain the title. Not too long after training begins the first sponsored champion is brutally killed. As time passes others are found ripped open with their organs missing and brain sucked out. Chaol is in charge of finding the killer but he has no idea what kind of animal can cause such damage. Can Chaol or Celaena find out who is causing the murders before she is the next target? And can Celaena really live up to her name as Adarlan’s Assassin?
At the glass castle, Celaena makes friends with Princess Nehemia. She is from a conquered land to the south. She is hoping to garner support towards her land without more slaughter while she stays at the castle. Nehemia is not at all what she seems but she and Celaena strike up a quick friendship. Can Celaena survive another friendship without the heartbreak she suffered from Ansel (The Assassin and the Desert)?
Throne of Glass sets up a world where magic has recently disappeared and a tyrant rules over all. This novel starts out like an adventure but takes a turn towards suspenseful as the story progresses. Even though magic is said to have disappeared the reappearance will play heavily into this novel and the next ones. The atmosphere is dark and treacherous but also filled with a little bit of fun and humor.
Celaena should be broken and defeated after spending a year in the salt mines and even though her body may be weak she is still strong minded. Celaena is one of those characters that loves to speak her mind even to the point of trouble but when she needs to tell someone information she just keeps it to herself. Celaena is not quite the selfish person that she seemed to me in the novellas but she still loves being pampered and spoiled like she had in the past. Celaena’s training played a huge part of this novel but I really want to see her in action as an assassin. I did read the novella’s going into this novel and that really helped me like Celaena’s character so much more.
There is a love triangle between Celaena, Prince Dorian and Chaol. It doesn’t take much for Dorian to fall in love with her but Chaol is fighting his feelings every step of the way, even so much as stepping aside and avoiding Celaena so that she can spend time with Dorian. I already have a favorite and it is not the Prince. I really like the slow burn attractions because when they finally boil the sparks really fly. Although I was a little disappointed in how quick Celaena and Dorian’s relationship developed because I really did like Sam from the novella’s and I would have thought that Celaena would question being in a relationship after what she went through with Sam.
Overall, the Throne of Glass world is so filled with treachery that it will be hard to defeat the evil in this world, even with an assassin. I hope the sequels will show Celaena acting as an assassin and showing off more of her skills. This world sucked me in and I don’t want to leave, I can’t wait for the sequel. I already wish I could get my hands on the next book, but unfortunately I will have to wait another year for the second book.
It was enough. Enough of the pretending and the meekness. Enough of Cain.
Verin raised his sword, shaking his blond curls out of his eyes. “Let’s see what you’ve got.”
She stalked toward him, keeping her sword sheathed at her side. Verin’s grin widened as he lifted his blade.
He swung, but Celaena struck, ramming her fist into his arm, sending the blade soaring through the air. In the same breath, her palm hit his left arm, knocking it aside, too. As he staggered back, her leg came up, and Verin’s eyes bulged as her foot slammed into his chest. The kick sent him flying, and his body crunched as it hit the floor and slid out of the ring, instantly eliminating him. The hall was utterly silent.
“Mock me again,” she spat at Verin, “and I’ll do that with my sword the next time.” She turned from him, and found Brullo’s face slack. “Here’s a lesson for you, Weapon’s Master,” she said, stalking past him. “Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I’ll bother trying.”
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FTC Advisory: Bloomsbury USA Children’s provided me with a copy of Throne of Glass. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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