Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Today I am bringing to you a series I just started reading and truly have fallen in love with.  Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a phenomenal young adult series that feels like a blend of Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and Divergent.  A mix of assassins, royal intrigue, a love triangle, magic and much more will draw you in and have you flipping the pages faster and faster.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Have an awesome Hump Day!

16034235Book Blurb:

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.

Review:

Celaena Sardothien is the most infamous assassin.  Though when she is retrieved out of the mines where she has spent her last year she is a mere shadow of herself.  She is given a proposition by the Crown Prince to compete to be the King’s Champion.  Given the option of going back to her torture or possibly working for a King she despises she chooses to go into the competition.  Once she arrives to a place she only remembers from a year ago before her capture she realizes things may be more challenging than she anticipated.  She is forced to train with the Captain of the Guard and fend off the advances of a very attractive Crown Prince.  But, these aren’t her only worries.  Once the competition begins other competitors begin being killed off.  She must figure out who is behind the killings and maintain her standing in the competition.  Though Celaena came for a chance at her freedom she doesn’t anticipate gaining a friend and two admirers vying for her heart.  Will the best assassin win or will the shadows and her past catch up with her?

I was blown away by this book.  This book opened up a new world, new adventure and a phenomenal heroine.  Celaena is tough, strong and yet has a gentle and intelligent side.  You truly find yourself forgetting that she is well-known for killing people for money.  I adored the imagery within the story.  The glass castle and her opinions of it and its ruler felt natural and honest for the character.  It wasn’t just the pretty imagery that really paints a grand picture.  The descriptions of the mines and dungeons would make anyone fear being a rebel in this story.  I would also be remiss if I didn’t at least address the love triangle between the Crown Prince, Celaena and the Captain of the Guard.  It’s technically not a standard triangle but there are definitely three hearts and love in the air.  Overall, this book has drawn me in hook line and sinker.  Sarah Maas has just got a huge fan in me and I will be finishing this series in no time.  I have truly fallen for Celaena and her world.  I need more!

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