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 kings 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.
This book was utterly amazing! I just loved it so much! Such great characters, such a well built world, wonderful, amazing writing, and conflicts and mysteries that I just wanted to know more of! Throne of Glass might by a debut book, but is far from the last book that Sarah J. Maas will publish (especially seeing that this is a series!) because reader demand for more will definitely be there!
Loved reading about Celaena, she embodied some weird things, that she was a proficient killer/law-breaker, but still liked the girly stuff. So she has quite a few things going on. There's the compeition that she could win easily if she tried. There's the mystery of who's killing the other opponents. And there's the romance between her and Dorian, and the sparks that were there between her and Westfall!
So yeah, there's all that. Oh, and then the tunnels that are in the castle, and what she finds there, and the mystery that I think is going to be over the course of the series, with the one Princess, and the wynd? keys. Yeah, really great!
There were a lot of POV's in this book, from people that we wanted to hear from, like Celaena and Dorian, but also from those that we didn't, including that one lady that wasn't very nice at all, though she didn't deserve what she got!
This was just such a fantastic, wonderful, superb book, and I just loved reading it! And I can't wait for more, I just loved being with these characters and this world!!
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Read: October 4th, 2012
Reason Why: Sounded like an utterly fantastic book, and it's a YAHFC book, and a DAC book!
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Published: August 2nd 2012