Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Obtained: ARC from Book Expo America
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Buy it: Amazon & IndieBound & Book Depository
Shelf it: on Goodreads
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.
Throne of Glass Review
Oh, I loved this book! I’m so glad I followed some of my friends into Sarah J. Maas‘s signing line at BEA. They spoke of the buzz surrounding this book, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Greatness, of course! Celaena is one of those characters that doesn’t hold anything back, and I really admire that. She’ll admire the lavish lifestyle in the castle, the dresses and so-forth, but she’ll cut you in a second.
There are some very big laugh-out-loud moments, some super edge-of-your-seat, and some very heart-warming. There’s even a cute puppy!