Title: Throne of Glass (Goodreads)
Author: Sarah J. Maas (Website)
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genre: (high) fantasy, mystery
Published by: Bloomsbury, August 2012
Meet Celaena Sardothien.Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
This book is basically perfection. It couldn’t have been done better if you ask me. I loved the setting and the characters, the idea of this competition, the magical aspect of it,… everything. Let’s start with the characters though. Every single one of them had depth and background, none were shallow. They were sculpted in a way that you felt like you knew these characters. You knew where they came from, what they might be thinking and how they might react to things. They were all flawed in some kind of way which made them all more realistic. I loved these characters so much I can’t wait to read the next book and be reunited with them again.
Celeana, our protagonist, could be arrogant at times because she knows she’s good at what she does and can’t stand the idea of hiding her abilities. But at the same time she shows a vulnerable side, a protective side, she was witty and even though she’s the best assassin of Adarlan, she was girly and loved the dresses she wore. She’s beautiful and she knows it. Celeana is one of the most kick-ass heroines I’ve read about so far.
There is romance in this book of course but it wasn’t the main part of the story. The competition and the magic that was going on were in first place. Some might be annoyed by the love triangle but it wasn’t that much of a love triangle at all. One was openly interested in her and she in him, the other was more in the background when it came to his feelings. I wouldn’t call it a love triangle at all actually but I think the author was hinting on it and I think we will see more of that in later books.
The world that we are in is fantastic though we don’t learn too much about the other provinces (?) in this book. I’m sure we’ll learn about it in future books though. I love the map in the beginning because it makes it easier for you to picture this world in your head.