Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 2nd 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Series: Throne of Glass Book One
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 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 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.
When I first saw this book, the first thing I fell in love with was the cover. So I picked it up at the local bookstore and starting reading the summary. 10 minutes later I was walking out of the bookstore with it. Four hours later I finished the book. There are very few well done young adult/new adult fantasy female lead books and even fewer with such a kick ass assassin. Celaena’s life has been anything but sunshine and rainbows and there are several different ways she could have handed what life gave her. However, she used it to push her harder, to make her better and to overcome.
The number one thing about Celaena that I adore – her sarcasm. Sarcasm isn’t given enough credit and she is a master of it. I do mean she is a master at knives, swords, blades but her favorite weapon of mine is sarcasm. While this book may be labeled a young adult, it is much more than that and should be given a fair chance by adults. It was one of the most refreshing fantasies I’ve ever read. Celaena has a soft side but while most times a soft side is shown as a weakness, that is not the case. It only makes her stronger and more relatable as a character. There is not one point in this book that will make you want to put it down, so I suggest you allocate time to read this in one sitting.
The plot of this is unique and vivid. I was completely immersed in the world. It may give you a bit of pause at the situation Celaena finds herself in with the championship games, however Celaena is known across the land as the best assasin. How else should she become better and be free. Since she was born she has never truly been free, it’s always been under the reigns of someone else. While this competition are more reigns she can make it more than that.
Another thing is the presence of magic and the story behind it. To avoid ruining the surprise for you, I will just say it’s unique and interesting. It seemed the book ended too fast once you got introduced to it. So as a heads-up have the next one lined up and ready. Or if you are a binge reader like myself, one click the entire series and pre-order the rest of the series.
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, will release on May 3rd, 2016.
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.