Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 2, 2012)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, 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. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
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.
W-O-W! This novel is one of the best that I have read this year. It’s an epic fantasy that will make you drown in all of its awesomeness. I definitely enjoyed going on this journey.
Throne of Glass revolves around a girl named Celaena Sardothien, their world’s most famous assassin who has been imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier to suffer for her crimes. In the kingdom of King Adarlan, there will be a competition to be his Champion. The Crown Prince who wants to test his father’s temper for him, goes to Endovier to make Celaena his Champion. In exchange to Celaena’s victory, she has to serve the king for four years and then she gets her freedom. But that’s not all Celaena has to face, evil forces are lurking and she needs to find a way to stop them.
In this fantasy novel, you’ll get to experience a mix of Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games in one book. Though the book is entirely a unique and different experience for me. Yes, I’ll admit that it does remind me of those novels..but it’s really so good. It’s got its own twists and happenings that will surely make you wanting for more. I devoured this novel. It’s 200% epic and awesome. Here are the reasons I fell in love with this book:
*A Bad-ass Female Main Character*
Seriously, you’ll never find a female character as bad ass as Celaena is. She’s funny and sarcastic. I love her confidence and trust in herself. Also, the fact that she is the most notorious assassin makes her that different from the other female protagonists from other series. As much as our lead character here loves to kick ass, she’s also got the girly side in her. Like most of us, she’s got weakness for pretty gowns and stuff. Not only that, I adored her because she’s such a real character. She loves books and foods! Oh gosh, she got me laughing most of the time. She’s the type of the character who stays up late at night reading books and the other part of her time, she eats foods like there’s no tomorrow.
*Epic Battle Scenes*
Alright, the battle scenes in this novel will make you want to cringe because oh well you’re going to feel worried for our Celaena. Though, I have to admit she’s someone that you’ll put so much faith on. Why? Well, because she is Celaena Sardothien. I love the adrenaline rush while I was reading. It really felt as if I was battling with the main character. Also, the competition to be the king’s champion was really great. I mean, I love how it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It turned out to be a series of test to prove their skills to the king.
*Magic, magic, magic*
If the battle scenes are not enough, well this book has more to offer. It has loads of magic in it. The mystery behind the magic or rather forbidden magic in the kingdom will make you want to read on. You’ll want to get your answers. You’ll surely grip the edge of your seats for all the magic that is happening in Erilea.
*Mystery family ties*
In the book, we’ll get to know that Celaena is orphaned and was taken by the King of Assassins to be trained. There was also a part in the book in which Queen Elena says something to Celaena. My theory? Maybe they’re connected? Hmmm..I really need to grab a copy of the next books in the series.
*Swoon-worthy love interests*
Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall *sighs*. If I was Celaena, dang…I’ll have a hard time too!
All in all, Throne of Glass is a little bit of everything..combined to be one epic novel. I swear it’s something that most of the fantasy lovers out there will enjoy. I recommend it to everyone. Seriously, you have to pick this book up..If not, what are you even doing with your life? Lol. Just kidding..but really though, give it a try.