Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Rating: 4.5 STARS
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.
Wow. I love this book. I have always loved assassins and girls who are insanely awesome at fighting and fantasy worlds and weapons and stuff. And DAMN Throne of Glass has all these things and more. What the Goodreads Summary does not tell you is that not only is Celaena an 18 year old assassin she is also the BEST assassin the kingdom has ever seen. Which is kick-ass. Basically this girl survived this camp where people die in months for a YEAR! This book is truly captivating, it has action and adventure, even a little magic and romance in between.
Celaena is to die for! She is so badass she can beat grown men after almost starving to death for a whole year. And the best part? She doesn't lie to herself about her odds or how hard she has to work or her emotions. No matter how flippant and cocky she acts she always knows exactly what she is getting into and how to avoid or get out of it. I also really love the fact that she doesn't trust anyone. Now this may sound bad but in her situations it is completely necessary and wanted. I hate it when the main character of a book is attracted to someone and then automatically trusts them...just no. Celaena, despite being an assassin, has a lot of morals and is actually a pretty good person which I really enjoyed seeing/reading about. It was really nice to see the different side and angles she put up, it made her seem like a real person.
Now Westfall, hello Westfall. Oh my gosh, he is as badass as Celaena truly. Sometimes he's better than her(although I blame it on her time in the war camp but who know..) and I love it. It was really great to read about the two fighting because they both had to, begrudgingly, admit the other was actually good and fighting too. Now I know he's captain of the guard and kickass and stuff......but so reminds me of a teddybear. Seriously he talks and does things and I'm like," Oh sweety, you are so cute." And he is! He is adorable and cool and funny and just a wonderful guy, in my opinion the best one for her Celaene! (but thats my opinion I'm sure many feel differently).
All I have to say is I love Throne of Glass! I don't know how Sarah Maas did it but *claps* well done. This book satisfied all of my fantasy book needs: badass girl, fight scenes, adorable-ness, magic, and seemingly real characters. I, I think everyone who even remotely likes fantasy or even just amazing (girl) main characters should read this book. It is wonderful.