Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (#1)
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
One of my first thoughts about the book, before I’d even read it, had to be: the cover sure does the summary justice. It’s beautiful, and the model is perfectly manipulated. The book is about a teenaged, lady assassin, and that’s exactly what the cover depicts. Even the feel of the book in my hands was simply amazing. And for just those two categories alone, I’d rate it 10/10.
The protagonist of the story’s name is Celaena Sardothien, and we find out within the first couple of pages that she’s been captured and forced to work as a slave in the salt mines of a place called Endovier. It’s clear from the start that she has had a rough background and was once a notoriously famous assassin.
The King decides that he needs his own personal champion, and goes about finding the best one in the land by hosting a tournament. Various councilmen and nobles are to choose a champion representative of their own to add a little more fun into the whole ordeal, and the King’s own son Prince Dorian Havilliard has his eyes laid on Celaena.
So, together with the Captain of the Guard (Dorian’s best friend) Chaol Westfall, they go about extracting her from the mines and placing her in the competition, with the promise that if she were to win the tournament, she would only work for four years as the King’s assassin before they would grant her freedom.
Celaena doesn’t realise that she’s signing up for a whole lot more than a mere tournament.
Overall, the book has a strong plot and wonderfully crafted characters. Sarah J. Maas’s writing is beautifully descriptive and draws you in so much that you’ll probably be pulling an all-nighter trying to get to the end of it. Only to find that there are five more books to read, to your relief. It works together like clockwork to create an unforgettable tale.
Personal Rating: 4/5 hearts
I really liked it