Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
Release Date: August 7, 2012.
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 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.
The action, the suspense, the mystery, the romance, the terror, the Chaol ... *sigh* Do you know what that sigh means? It's SUPER FANGIRLY REVIEW TIME here on Sophistikatied Reviews! This book satisfied every literary craving I have. Kick-ass action that had me doing some embarrassing victorious fistpumps, horrifying monsters and gory scenes with an extra dose of terror for both, a non-dizzying and non-ridiculous love triangle that is written so very excellently and a whodunit that kept me on my toes the entire time.
I loved Celaena so much. I think she was one of the most developed characters I've come across in YA novels lately. She has this tough chick persona when in public - because she IS a famous assassin and all - but vulnerable and soft moments when in private. And that dynamic was so well done that it was easy to forget that she's only a fictional character. And besides being strong and stubborn, she was also hilarious. Her snarkiness had me literally laughing out loud.
I wasn't a fan of Prince Dorian for some reason. I can't quite put my finger on it but something about him constantly rubbed me the wrong way. It might just be that I'm 100% Team Chaol and I was feeling a bit bitter about the turn of events in the love triangle, but I always wished for Celaena to just kick him in the face. Chaol on the other hand ... oh man. Also not sure why I love him so much. He's not featured as prominently as Prince Dorian but I couldn't help but adore him. I'm crossing my fingers he gets more time to shine in the next book!
And the STORY! And the WORLD! And a castle made of GLASS! Oh my gosh. I want to elaborate and explain more on why I found Throne of Glass so great but I'm almost out of words. This book overwhelmed me in the most magnificently way possible.
Overall, I absolutely loved it. Sarah J. Maas' debut is gorgeous, dark and ridiculously epic. I just want to shake all of your shoulders until you understand how much I loved it. Fortunately for you, I can't. So you'll just have to take my word for it. Fantasy lovers! Fast-paced, action-packed goodness lovers! People-who-don't-love-any-of-those-things-but-want-to-try-something-new lovers! - I definitely recommend this book!
Other reviews for Throne of Glass:
365 Days of Reading.
The Hiding Spot.
A Beautiful Madness.
The Story Siren.