Title: Throne of Glass
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Author: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Description: 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.
Thoughts: Celaena is I think one of the strongest female lead characters that I have ever read. From the first scene you can see that. I was glad I had read the novellas to be able to understand why Celaena was in the salt mines to begin with. The main part of the story is the competition and finding who is killing people outside of the competition. I like that the main part wasn’t a love story. Not to say that there wasn’t something hinted to but it was more of friendships and relationships growing instead of let’s meet in one chapter and a couple of chapters later be in love. By the end of Throne of Glass I was still a bit torn of who I think Celaena should end up with. That could be because of how I was feeling about Sam after the novellas. Chaol and Dorian botth have ways of pulling out something of Celaena that she had buried away after what happened in Ardalan.
Sometimes when a book has so much buzz I hold off for a bit on reading it because I’ve had times when I have checked out a book during the hype and it was a bit of a disappointment. But I can see why people enjoy this series. It is an epic story of a strong female.