Throne Of Glass
Series: Throne Of Glass #1
Release Date: 2nd August 2012
Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien is a daredevil assassin with unrivalled fighting skills. After a year’s hard labour in the salt mines of the kingdom of Adarlan, Celaena is offered her freedom on one condition—she must fight as handsome Prince Dorian’s champion in a contest sponsored by the king, facing the deadliest thieves and assassins in the land in a series of set-piece battles in the country’s stunning glass palace. But there is more at stake than even her life—for Celaena is destined for a remarkable future...
Review: I've been dying to read this book, just the synopsis pulled me in. When I saw other reviewers receiving this book I was so jealous! I entered a competition the next day and won a proof copy and I'm so glad I've been able to read it! It is an breathtaking debut novel. I love fantasy novels and this is another one I can add to my favourites. I loved everything about it, the strong willed, kick ass main character, the fast paced action, the plot that reeled you in but most of all the writing itself was rather astounding. It was some of the best writing, I've ever read. Sarah J. Maas really has a talent for writing, and she's definitely using it to it's full potential. I'm sure this will become an instant favourite to all YA and even adult fans of fantasy.
We join Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan's best assassin, as she's pulled out of the salt mines of Endovier. For a year she's been stuck inside as a slave to the Kingdom all because she got caught or even betrayed. The Crown Prince offers her the chance of Freedom but it doesn't come without a price. Celaena will have to fight to become the King's Champion and only then after four years will she be free. Her opponents are thieves, assassins and warriors from all over Adarlan, she will have to beat them one at a time to make sure she gets her freedom. Things seem to go fine until her opponents dead bodies begin to show up. Something or someone is after them, Celaena will have to watch her back. This is her last chance at freedom.
Celaena is a very strong female, she's so kick-ass. She can beat pretty much anyone she comes across. She's been trained as an assassin from a young age making her a very threatening opponent. Her name alone creates tides of fear, she is feared throughout all of the kingdom. She can certainly look after herself, she's also clever too. We see her strengths and her weaknesses, we root for her all the way. She's a very likable character. Celaena's character is very well fleshed out, we see her wit, strength, knowledge and under that all she was still human. Despite being the best assassin she still gets scared, we feel her pain and fear. She's not always the mean assassin, we see her as a true girl too, parading around a ballroom in a huge dress. She always enjoys herself no matter what life throws at her, she has the strength to go on. It's a very valuable lesson that everyone needs to learn. Even a cute puppy makes her all warm and fuzzy, it was fantastically done! She was absolutely brilliant, one of the best characters I've ever read about. She's still running around in my head now, even though I finished the book a few hours ago. She's a very hard character to top.
The main secondary characters are Dorian the Crown Prince and Chaol the captain of the guard. It was a bit of a love triangle, each boy having feelings for her but neither of them making a move. I have my favourite but I shall see where it leads in the next book. Dorian is the crown prince who becomes rather attached to Celaena, he doesn't want to follow his fathers rule but he's too much of a coward to step forward just yet. We watch as women thrust themselves upon him but he only has eyes for one, and he can't have her, it's too much of a risk. He's handsome and a smooth talker, he knows all the right moves but will it work this time? Chaol is a rather serious character but he becomes a friend to Celaena. He's also strong and intelligent, one of the good guys. He's loyal and trustworthy and takes his job very seriously. Chaol becomes Celaena's trainer and he cannot believe how she knows so much but is so young. She bears the scars of things that shouldn't happen to people her age. Both of them were very fleshed out and even together they worked perfectly, there was no competition they were life long friends.
The plot itself was fast paced and very enjoyable. It kept the reader hooked all the way. The action was by incredibly good. I love action scenes and these were brilliant, especially as they included such a kick-ass heroine who showed us that girls can fight too and even be the best. There were so many important lessons and bit's of wisdom woven throughout the novel. It's a rather intelligent book in itself. The writing was very strong, and flowed perfectly. The book is just as awesome as they cover! The setting was also very haunting, a castle of glass built above the remains of a castle of stone. The clock tower and gargoyle's will stick out to the reader especially in all their freaky glory.
I freaking loved this book. I don't think I'm doing this book much justice but you all need to read this book. It is one of my best reads of the year and it's right at the top. I can not wait to read the next installment and follow Celaena's journey until the end. Sarah J. Mass is definitely a very talented author, one of the best I've come across this year and I'm sure she will staying put for a long time yet. Do yourself all a favour and order this book, I can guarantee you will be blown away! If not, what's wrong with you? Throne Of Glass is a mind blowing fantasy novel that will hook readers of all ages and keep them hanging on until the very end! Even then they will have trouble putting this book down, I'm going to go and stare at the last page hoping for the next installment to magically appear.