Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult, Fantasy
August 7, 2012
Publisher’s Description: 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 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.
This was an engaging book to read and one that I will doubly enjoy because my newly teenaged cousin will be reading it as well. I liked the perspective of a female, teenage assassin and I look forward to continuing the series and delving more into Caelena’s origins, what happened to her family, the man who mentored her and how she feels about the lives she has taken in the course of her work. Most of this novel concentrated on Caelena’s training and getting herself into shape to win the competition. I appreciated the detail that acknowledged that she wasn’t in immediate fighting shape, and that she had to work hard to be a worthy opponent. Maas’s strength in this book is her world building, and I loved getting to the know the characters, rules and mythology of this world. It’s a great set up to further explore why and how magic became forbidden, her relationships with Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia, and her relationship with the King..
Caelena is a feisty and smart heroine, who looks forward to making the best of her opportunities without getting too bogged down in the troubles of her past. I really liked that she was optimistic, strong and forward focused, and this book has really built the anticipation to meeting characters Caelena has mentioned as being important in shaping her life. Recommended.
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