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. – Goodreads
Meet my new obsession: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
As I sat around with my roommates prior to BEA, discussing what books we hoped to snag, I clearly remember announcing to them, “I MUST get Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.” Over the course of the months since hearing about it, it had become one of my most anticipated titles of the year and, BOY, did it absolutely deliver with its epicness.
To start with, there’s the kickass heroine, Celaena Sardothien. Having spent time doing hard labor in the salt mines for her crimes as an assassin one might expect a worn out, tired, and lost girl, but Celaena is anything but that. Sure, she’s not in top physical shape, but she is full of personality to make up for it. Fiery and intelligent, Celaena is a force to be reckoned with and I was in awe as Sarah J. Maas uncovered all the details of her past as an assassin — AWESOME. If her ability to take people down in the blink of an eye wasn’t enough to admire her, I absolutely loved her attitude and the way she carried herself. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like there’s always a degree of distance from several other YA female leads — Katniss and Tris, for example — because they can be so closed off. With Celaena, I loved how she spoke her mind, was cunning, and had so much energy and charisma. I really appreciated how Sarah J. Maas didn’t resort to the stereotypical ways to make her female lead “tough” and “badass,” but instead allowed Celaena to be a viable threat AND girly. I could go on and on about how much I loved Celaena but I think it’s suffice to say that she’s a new favorite of mine and I’m so glad there are more adventures with her in the upcoming installments.
My friends Lindsey and Jen read this before I did and their tweets to each other consisted of much back and forth between the two male leads. When it comes to love triangles I am one that can always makes a decision early on, and stick with him as my favorite, so I remember saying to them, “I’ll decide for you when I read it soon!!!” Um, yeah, not so much. Once I finally got around to reading the book, I understood their plight of being torn between Chaol and Dorian completely. Sarah J. Maas created two very different characters in them, one being stoic and reserved while the other definitely had swagger, but she gave them both depth and development. Their interactions with Celaena oozed INSANE chemistry, but each of them also had an excellent rapport with her which was just as great. And, okay, I do have a preferred favorite (CHAOL CHAOL CHAOL), but I think I’ll just sit back and enjoy Celaena’s romantic entanglements regardless of who they’re with.
The fantastic characters already had me completely loving Throne of Glass but, in addition to them, Sarah J. Maas also offered world building, action, and mystery. Adarlan is in the middle of conflicts with other countries, the King is the right amount of menacing, and there are hints of magic all around. The tournament had Celaena demonstrating her strength and endurance but also her smarts against the other champions. The intensity of the tournament increased when champions are discovered brutally murdered and Celaena gets wrapped up in uncovering the mystery behind their deaths. Through it all — intrigue within the kingdom, murder mysteries, Celaena’s challenges, romance, EVERYTHING — Sarah J. Maas had me glued to the pages and I hated having to go to work, sleep, and do other real life things that kept me away from this world.
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Yes, it’s time for a giveaway! I am offering a signed ARC of Throne of Glass that I picked up at ALA for you lovely folks. Keep reading for the details and entry form.
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