Throne of Glass
Sarah J. Maas
Hardcover: 416 pages
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Source: ARC from the publisher
Source: ARC from the publisher
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 kings 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.
Ok so y’all are probably sick of me saying how much I love High Fantasy. Well too bad…. I LOVE HIGH FANTASY!!!!! Lol and Throne of Glass is no exception! It’s freaking fantastic!!!
Sarah J. Maas is an amazing writer! Her world building is very descriptive and beautiful and her characters? Oh my don’t get me started on her characters! I loved Chaol and am Team Chaol all the way! He is gorgeous, brave, smart, and sarcastic some of my favorite qualities in a man. But there’s another one or two characters that I loved too! Dorian which sucks by the way; I wanted to hate him! I wanted him to be an ass so I could hate him but, I couldn’t not one bit. He was so sweet and loving and gorgeous as well and damn it he made loving Chaol and only Chaol hard. Also there is a thief named Nox that stole a tiny piece of my heart but thank goodness not Celaena’s because if that would have happened we would have had a very awkward love square lol.
Speaking of Celaena she’s one of the most kick ass heroines I’ve encountered in a long time! I mean she’s an assassin so she’s badass but, what I loved about her was that not only was she tough but, she had morals and cared about people and things like animals and social issues too!
Ooh and the story itself? It’s absolutely wonderful!!!!! There’s romance, court intrigue, danger, magic, and crazy plot twists! It’s one of the best stories I’ve read in 2012! I seriously can’t wait for book 2 and psst here’s a tip too Sarah wrote 3 prequel novellas and they’re only 99cents! So go get those too!
I chose one of my most favorite scenes from the book to share with y’all and it’s where I really think I started to fall for Chaol!
He stared her down, quiet for a moment. “Are you that arrogant?” She bristled, but he went on. “It was foolish to spar with you just now. I’ll admit that I hadn’t realized you’d be that good. Thankfully, no one noticed. And do you know why Lillian?” He took a step closer, jis voice lowering. “Because you’re a pretty little girl. Because you’re a nobody jewel thief from a small city in Fenharow. Look around.” He half-turned to the other champions. “Is anyone staring at you? Are any of them sizing you up? No. Because you’re not real competition. Because you don’t stand between them and whatever freedom or wealth they’re looking for.”
“Exactly! It’s insulting!”
“It’s smart that’s what it is. And you’re going to keep a low profile throughout this entire competition. You’re not going to excel, and you’re not going to trounce those thieves and soldiers and unknown assassins. You’re going to stay in the middle, where no one will look your way, because you’re not a threat, because they’ll think that you’ll be eliminated sooner or later, and they should focus their attention on getting rid of bigger, stronger, faster champions like Cain.
“But you’re going to outlast them,” Chaol continued. “And when they wake up on the morning of the final duel and find that you are their opponent, and that you have beaten them, the look on their faces will make all the insults and lack of attention worthwhile.” He extended his hand to lead her outside. “So what do you have to say about that, Lillian Gordaina?”
“I can look out for myself,” she said lightly, taking his hand. “But I have to say that you’re rather brilliant, Captain. So brilliant, actually, that I might give you one of the jewels I plan to steal from the queen tonight.”
Chaol chuckled, and they strode outside to where the running contest awaited.
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