Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Borrowed from library.
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: August 7, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass #1
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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 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.

I heard about this series through various BookTubers and when I saw it at my local library I couldn't resist picking it up. It took me quite a few chapters to really get invested in the story and for it to capture me, but once it got my attention it seriously didn't let go! 

Celaena is was a badass assassin and everyone knows of her literally killer skills. before she was captured and punished to work in the Salt Mines. The story starts off with Celaena being asked if she'd like to take part in a competition in order to become the King's Assassin, which means she would escape the Salt Mines and, in the future, earn her freedom. 

I loved how Celaena's past slowly unfolded as the story progressed, you don't get to know her completely all at once, which I thought was pretty awesome. Like I mentioned above, she's a total badass. She's witty, independent and well can kill a man with her bare hands, intense huh?

There's, of course, two guys vying for her attention: The Crown Prince, Dorian, and The Captain of the Guard, Chaol, both equally swoon-worthy and loyal. However, I really found Celaena and the plot to be the stand outs from this story. Maas' story telling skills are amazing, I loved the mixture of magic and legends along with Celaena training for the competition. 

There's only the two books that have been released in the Throne of Glass series, but according to goodreads there will be six books in the series. I can already tell it's going to be difficult having to wait for the future release dates, I'm addicted! I'm not really a fan of the covers, the new or old ones, but if you're like me, don't let that discourage you from picking it up!

I can't remember the last time I read a fantasy novel, but I'm really happy this was the book that brought me back into the genre. It's the perfect combination of mystery, strong female characters, swoon-worthy boys and an incredible plot. I've already gone back to my library to pick up book number two, Crown of Midnight, and am already saving up to add them to my own bookshelves!  Throne of Glass is one killer book that I couldn't help but love!

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