Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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 four 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.
Read: January 2016
Rating: 4 / 5
This is one of those books you can’t put down.
The writing is simply amazing. Whether it’s 3rd person point of view or first person, Sarah J. Maas knows just what to say to break your heart, make you laugh and at the end of it leave you wanting more. She’s definitely one of my favorite writers and though I haven’t read all of her books yet, I have yet to read one that I dislike.
I think the characters are really well-developed. I really like that most of them aren’t what they seem. Dorian isn’t the typical womanizer prince who doesn’t care about anyone (though he is a bit of a womanizer); Chaol isn’t a cold, arrogant prick (which was what I expected for the Captain of the Guards) – and even Kaltain was interesting (though I didn’t particularly like her). Celaena is my favorite, of course. I love that she didn’t let her profession define her, and I love that she’s basically the world’s most famous assassin and still treasures books and knowledge and other cultures.
I loved the plot. I mean, the Champion’s competition, the murders, the wyrdmarks and the ghosts….. I’m just really looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book – Crown of Midnight (which I’ve been told is the best book in the series).