Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 2nd 2012
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Throne of Glass was a sensationally written book, with strong, extremely well developed characters and astounding world building. This is a story filled with action, romance, intrigue –It grabs your attention on the very first page, and refuses to let go even when you’ve turned the very last page. It is a gripping, emotional roller coaster of the very best kind that will leave you breathless and needing more. And it’ll keep you coming back – again and again and again (x1000).
This book will break your heart, mend it, make it soar, drop, hope along with Celaena as she tries to survive in this new environment where one wrong move could send her back to the salt mines of Endovier – or get her killed.
Celaena Sardothien quite possibly my favourite fictional character, or at least at the very top of my very long list. She is an insanely strong and independent young woman – someone who will stand up for herself, fight for herself and her friends, someone who is badass and inspirational and strong. She is someone lots of people can look up to, who we can admire despite her faults.
Sarah J. Maas has a writing style that I can only describe as magnificent – I loved it. The world building in this book was spectacular — everything felt so real and was so vividly described. Reality doesn’t just become a quiet buzz in the background, nor something that is pushed to the back of your mind. No, when you read Throne of Glass, you become absorbed, wholly and completely, and reality disappears as you are transported into the world of ToG along with Celaena, Chaol and Dorian.
Characterisation in this book is also spectacular — there was not a single character that I didn’t adore, and they were all so different. Chaol and Dorian, one of my favourite fictional friendships, were both as wonderful as Celaena and again, they are both two of my favourite characters.
How could I possibly give this book any less than 5 stars? ★★★★★