Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Publication Date: January 1st, 2012
Synopsis: 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.
Review: This is one of my all time favorite books. I nearly died the first time I read it. Celaena is everything I have ever wanted in a female character. She is strong, in so many ways, not just physically, she is as an assassin but loves fashion, expensive things, books, learning, puppies, and she is sarcastic as fuck. Seriously, woman after my own heart. As the book goes on Celaena just gets more complex and more layered and I just fall more in love with her.
Then there is Nehemeia. She is just as amazing and different from Celaena. And the amount of time give to their friendship is wonderful. I LOVE when authors focus on friendships just as much, or more, than romantic relationships, because they are IMPORTANT too. BUt seriously, give me two awesome girls being friends over romance any day!
There is a bit of a love triangle, yuck! But it isn’t really a huge part of what is going in the actual book. It is fairly easy to overlook. As for the plot and world building? Simply amazing. Every time I finish one of Maas’s books I am always left wanting to know more about the world, not because does a bad job building it or explaining it, just the opposite. I just want to know everything about Erlilea and the fae and magic and wyrdmards and just everything.
If you haven’t read this one (Nicole I am looking at you) you really need to get on it! And make sure to read The Assassin’s Blade first!