Sunday, June 9, 2013

Throne of Glass

Book/Author: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Pulisher/Year: Bloomsbury 2012
Series?: Yes!
Angst Level: 2
Rating: 4.5 Stars

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 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 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.


This was one of those books that was on my tbr list long before it was even published. Then it sat on my wishlist for a really long time. (I'm in my last two semesters of college, I am ridiculously poor) Finally, I had some extra money after judging drama competition. (I'm still amazed I got paid to go and watch kids perform, critique them and then give them some direction. Paid for something fun. That I have a degree in. It's an amazing thing) Anyway. I finally had some extra cash and bought a couple of books, and this was one of them.

I really enjoyed this. If you've read some of my other reviews you know how much I love a tough heroine. I also have a serious weakness for retellings. Cinder anyone? I had high hopes for this, and it did not disappoint. It has just the right amount of action and suspense, mystery, character development and world building to make it a delightful read.


I recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good retelling, strong heroines, or fantasy.

Have you read Throne of Glass? What did you think? Do you have any favorite retellings?


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