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 four 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.
I love, love, loved Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. It is a great example of how diverse young adult fantasy can be. It had me at the first line and never let go.
Celaena Sardothien, the heroin, is introduced as Adarlan’s most notorious assassin. She is offered an opportunity to escape her imprisonment by participating in a competition to become the King’s champion. Through a series of challenges and competions she eliminates her opponents while discovering hidden magic and forces at work behind the scenes.
The characters are rich, multi-layered and intriging. I love the fact that the story takes twists and turns which are unexpected yet believable to the characters and the story.
My favorite part, quite honestly, is the writing. It’s beautifully written with an effortless flow that has you turning pages with ease and enjoying every moment.
I loved this book from start to finish. I did. I just LOVED it and can’t say enough about it. From character development to the world-building, and setting to tone it was pure reading joy. I rooted for the main character and her relationships while depising her enemies. It was a perfect read for me with every element satisying right to the end.