THRONE of GLASSQueen of Glass, Book One
by Sarah J. Maas
Published: Bloomsbury Childrens USA, 384 pages
Source: PublisherRating: ♥♥♥♥♥
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.
Have you ever had a book that was so riveting that you could not think of anything else when finished it? and the very thought of picking up another book felt like I was cheating on boyfriend. Well, THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Mass is simply put, that book. From the very first page until the very last you will be completely absorbed into a world that is engrossing that showcases a heroine unlike any other.
WOW! was all I could say as I read this book because it was pure brilliance, perfectly detailed and so well visualized that I could actually see a movie playing out in my head. I knew instantly from the very first moment Celaena comes onto the scene that she was a force to be reckoned with. A trained assassin left to rot in prison but one day is given a pardon of sorts to compete and become the King's champion. She reluctantly agrees and is less than happy with her guard, Westfall that does not trust her in the least. Once she arrives in court she trains hard and meets her competitors, but it is not long before the competition begins to die off in the most gruesome of manners and Celaena decides that she needs to find out what is killing off the competition before it attacks her next. Meanwhile she is beginning to enjoy her life, she finally has a friends and a love interest that completely surprises her.
Celaena as far as I am concerned is the most kick-ass female character I have ever had the pleasure of reading. She is a flippin' trained assassin, feared by many and rightfully so because she knows what she is doing. I am amazed at how she can run down a scenario that leaves all her opponents dead. You gotta love that, I know I surely do. She is smart and quick tempered but her guard Westfall seems to know how to push her and make her think about what she is doing. Together they have some of the best tension filled moments that leave me constantly pining for more. But, that is where Prince Dorian comes into play. He is the son of a crazed tyrant that knows how to play the game and he certainly wants to play with Celaena, now their interactions are well worth every word and you will be left begging for more. I only wish things would have ended in a different manner and that I can say is my only gripe with this whole story. I am not a great fan of love triangles but this one was done quite well, subtle and not overbearing.
If you're a fan of the fantasy genre than this book is a perfect read, with just the right touches of mystery, romance and great bit of fighting. Memorable characters with a unique story line that will have you thinking about it for a long while and then you will be left pining for more.
Until the release of THRONE OF GLASS on August 7, 2012 you can read the four novella's leading up to it. I know I have and I loved every single one of them.