Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Publishers, 404 pages
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
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 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.
I read this book while on vacation with my family and friends. Thank goodness my friends were also reading and my husband let me have a few mornings off from child care duty because I could not stop reading! I was attracted to this book because it came highly recommended by Pam, I read lots of great reviews, and the main character is an ASSASSIN!
Based on other's reviews I expected to like the storyline between Celeana, Choal and Dorian but I also found myself really enjoying reading about the relationship between Celeana and Princess Nehemia. It's not very often that we get to read about a positive relationship between two women who have meaningful dialogue about topics other than their relationships. I also loved the fact that Princess Nehemia becomes a central part of the storyline and offers us a different type of heroine to admire. Read the discussion post about the Bechdel Test on Christina Reads YA.
A second aspect of the book I really enjoyed was how mystery and suspense were woven throughout the book and I expect and hope will continue throughout the series. I thought Sarah Maas did a pretty good job of describing and explaining the world of Erilea but I definitely would have enjoyed knowing more particularly about Celeana's home nation. I also wanted to know more about Celeana's background and was dismayed, although not too surprised, to find an advertisement for four e-novellas that probably provided the detail I was looking for.
Overall it is one of the best young adult books I have read in awhile!
The second in the series, Crown of Midnight, is expected to be released August 27 2013. If you still haven't gotten enough of Celaena you can also check out the e-novellas!