Throne of Glass
By Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: Aug. 7, 2012
Bloomsbury USA Children’s, 416 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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 kings 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.
— Goodreads.com description
Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to my favorite book so far this year: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
Why did I love this epic fantasy?
1. The main character is an assassin.
I looooove girls who can kick some butt.
2. Awesome action scenes.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Who can Celaena trust? I DON’T KNOW AND I LOVE IT! The plotting here is brilliant, with layer upon layer and twists and turns and ahhhhh!
4. A love triangle I can get behind.
Who should she choose? Chaol or Dorian? EITHER WAY YOU’RE CRAZY, girl, because these are the people who imprisoned you. Personally, I’m Team Chaol, even though I couldn’t pronounce his name. (I looked it up: It’s Kay-all.)
5. Sarah J. Maas is gorgeous.
Okay, this has nothing to do with the book, but I just thought you should know.
6. It’s huge.
All epic fantasies should be this long. It’s totally worth it.
7. The fan following is OUT OF CONTROL already.
Sarah J. Maas posted the original version of the story online, and it blew up. Now, it’s been revised and is being released in print form, but to get that much support without being published yet? Yeah, that’s a good sign.
Look, I could go on. But if you’re into fantasy, this is a must-read. If you’re not? Well, why aren’t you? Read Throne of Glass and you will see the light!