Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: Hardcover, 404
Publication: 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.

Every once in a while, you find a book that is absolutely AMAZING in every conceivable way. For me, that book was Throne of Glass. The author, Sarah J. Maas has a way of creating such a terrible, wonderful world and story that makes you want to live in the book until you have turned the last page.

The protagonist of the story, Celaena Sardothien, is everything that you would want to have in a strong heroine. This character is compassionate, yet unforgiving, which is what I absolutely love about her. She is a powerful woman, and she exudes that power on every page. She’s one of the many reasons that this book was so enjoyable. In fact, the whole cast of characters was phenomenal: everyone from Chaol, the commander of the king’s guard to Dorian, the crown prince.

The idea of teen assassins in YA literature is a fairly new trend that’s starting to catch on. This book made me love that sub-genre even more. It made assassins and high fantasy fun and exciting again. Not only that, but it pulled me back into the fantasy genre like no other book has been able to do.

I LOVED the writing style in this book. It was both straightforward and beautifully written. Also, you get to see the story from more than one person (I won’t say who these people are), and I love that so much. It gives the story more perspective and depth.

Throne of Glass is fresh and original and definitely worth anyone’s time to read. I don’t care if you like sci-fi, contemporary, romance or any other genre that isn’t fantasy, you need to get your hands on this book because it is BRILLIANT. And I don’t use that word lightly. I loved this book and CANNOT wait until the second book in the series, Crown of Midnight comes out next month.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

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