Welcome to this week’s Friday Fiction, today I am reviewing the YA fantasy ‘Throne of Glass’ book 1 in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
5 out of 5.
This book was without a doubt one of the most absolutely amazing books I have read. It was just my thing. This is one of those books that you give 5 stars to and wish you could give more because it is beyond great.
Celaena Sardothien puts the kick-ass in heroine. She is tough, strong, brave, smart and witty. You do not want to get on her bad side. I loved and adored her. She is a fighter, she has gone through hell but she still manages to laugh.
She is dragged out of the salt mines where she is serving out a life sentence to represent the prince in a tournament to be the kings Champion. If she wins, and serves as the king’s Champion for four years, she will be set free, and freedom is all Celaena has ever wanted.
When contestants start turning up dead, it’s up to Celaena to find out who is behind it all, and to make sure she isn’t the next victim. But there is something far more sinister than anyone could ever imagine lurking in the glass castle, and forbidden magic may be the only way to stop it.
Chaol, or Captain Westfall, is the Captain of the Royal Guard, and at 22, he is young for the position. He is in charge of training Celaena throughout the tournament. He is dedicated to his job, quiet and reserved. His defences start to drop the more he gets to know Celaena and he starts to see her as more than just an assassin.
Prince Dorian is more charmed by the beautiful assassin than he lets on. They share a mutual attraction and exchange easy banter. Dorian is really handsome, a bit of a ladies man, and I loved the moments he shared with Celaena, but I think she is better suited to Chaol. He stole my heart, and he and Celaena care more deeply for each other than either of them can admit.
Throne of Glass was full of suspense, had plenty of action and well crafted world building. There are some great side characters and evil villains you will love to hate. Any romantic threads in the book are built from the characters getting to know each other and their feelings developing over time rather than instantly falling in love.
This was a truly compulsive read, I could not put it down and when I had to I was itching to get back to it. I was completely engrossed in the world Sarah J. Mass has created and can’t wait to read the rest of the books in this series. If you are a lover of fantasy than this is a must read.
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