Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published August 2, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy
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 exhilarating. 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.
Okay, so I rated this only 3 stars on Goodreads, which I feel might be an unpopular opinion. I really did enjoy this book, it was just a bit slower than I imagined it would be. I was very interested and invested in the story from the very beginning when we meet Celaena in the salt mines of Endovier. I found myself liking both Dorian and Captain Westfall as individual people, but I wasn’t really into Celaena having a crush or relationship with Dorian, especially with her history with his country and her family. I guess I expected that a story about an assassin in a competition with other assassin’s and fighters would have a bit more action to it. I felt that we kind of just kept hearing over and over that Celaena was the best assassin ever and how notorious she was, but I found that a lot of the book was spent with her reading (which is awesome) or just kind of sitting around thinking about things.
I do love the author’s writing and have heard from others not to judge the series by this book because it the series gets better as it goes along. Again, I love Sarah J. Maas; I love her character development, I love her writing style and I love her world-building. I just expected this book to be a bit more action packed since the entire book was based around a competition that ended in a duel. I will say, I was happy about the the way this book ended, although of course it is open ended, leading into the next book, but I was pleased at the outcome of several things. I look forward to reading Crown of Midnight and the rest of the Throne of Glass series to see where Celaena goes from here. Happy reading!