September 30, 2014

Wicked Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Acquired: Digital copy

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 am thanking the Gods that I gathered the courage to read this book after weeks of reading slump aka school. And man, it did not disappoint.

So the deal is, Celaena Sardothien is chosen to be the Crown Prince Dorian Haviliard's Champion in this absurdly weird contest in becoming the King's Champion. She's very sarcastic yet very compassionate. She may be extremely bad-ass with all that pickax chopping and sword wielding but she's a girly girl too. The minute she got in the castle at Adarlan, she wanted to be every bit of a lady, obsessed with gowns and pretty things.

I love the development of Celaena and Captain Westfall's friendship. *swoons at Captain Westfall* He's her mentor/trainer/and all around I-really-don't-care-about-you-but-I-do-because-I'm-awesome-like-that kind of person. He's best friends with the Prince, Prince Dorian, who's every bit of a prince, really. Girls falling over him and men admiring him because he's the prince. But he feels there is something lacking. Then there's Princess Nehemia, Crown Princess of Eyllwe. She's very stubborn, which makes her the perfect best friend for Celaena.

The images presented in this book were spectacular. From the surroundings down to the nitty gritty deaths of the Champions, they are all very detailed, which in my opinion is a very hard thing to do when you're a writer. Imagine having this image in your head and you just want that image to appear as exactly as it is on paper.

I applaud Sarah J. Maas for introducing me to the world Erilea. She wrote villains the way villains should be; god-awful, gruesome, and downright evil. You've met a good villain if you want to chop his head off every time you hear his/her name.

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well. 

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

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