Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Summary (goodreads): 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.

Review: I cannot believe I haven’t written about this before! How could I not? This is one of my favourite books ever or rather series, as the second part has been published in August. I have read Throne of Glass a few times by now and the second book is even better, so if you haven’t read it yet, go do it! This review will be of the series as far as it has been published so far: Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight. I’ll try not to include spoilers!

The heroine, Celaena, is awesome. She is bad ass, arrogant and knows what she wants. She is both lethal assassin and a spoiled girl who loves glittery things. While it is sometimes hard to believe she actually learned so many awesome things during her apprenticeship,  it becomes a little clearer at the end of the second book why she is such a prodigy. I just love her character, she owns every place she goes to but she is no Mary-Sue. She’s been through hell and back and all her skills are hard-won.

Needless to say, this book is also a winner because of the two male leads. Chaol and Dorian, the Captain of the Guard and the Prince himself. The relationship between those three main characters, the dynamics and emotions are just brilliant. If I compare this to the love triangle in The Selection (Prince, Soldier and the girl who was sent to live in a castle to play a role there – sounds somewhat similar on the surface, right?), it is so much more in Throne of Glass. The actions are believable, Celaena doesn’t jump from one guy to the other and Dorian and Chaol have their own beautiful friendship. It is quite close to the Clockwork series, actually. I am still undecided on which team I am so I cannot wait to see how this will play out – and I will love every bit of interaction between those three.

The writing style is wonderful, easy to read but still deep, with enough descriptive parts to imagine the world of Ardalan. What I enjoy most are the dialogues, all those sassy comments and the verbal fights that are going on around Celaena. It is very lively and colourful. There’s a nice balance between action and thoughtful moments.

When I read Throne of Glass, I had no idea it was supposed to be the first part of a six book long series. So when I finished there were a lot of unanswered questions left. Some of them have been answered in Crown of Midnight, of course not without creating new ones. As a geeky novel lover, I couldn’t be more satisfied with this series. The first book clawed its way into my heart, the second book was like an explosion. I just couldn’t put it down. There’s more chemistry, more bad ass, more magic. And for creating a world that I will happily visit again and again (also in those delightful short stories the author has written as prequels), I award a 5 out of 5.



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