Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

4/5 Stars
Published by Bloosmbury Children's Books
Published August 7, 2012

Synopsis: 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 four years and then be granted her freedom. She's bored stiff by her court life, but things get more interesting when the princes 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? 

Wowza! This book was amazing! I've seen tons and tons of hype surrounding Sarah J. Maas' books, so I finally decided to pick up this beauty and it was not a mistake. This is a fast-paced thriller, and does not fail to keep you on the edge of your seat. It was so easy to lose track of time while reading this book --- I would pick it up at seven, then all of a sudden it was two in the morning! This happened simply because Sarah J. Maas' writing was so elaborate, yet so easy to fall into.

There were many things that I enjoyed about this book, but first let's discuss the characters. I really enjoyed how much depth was put into them. There were tons of layers underneath that one outer layer that these characters mainly portrayed. Celaena Sardothien, the main character of this story, is an amazing female lead. She is super intelligent and analytical, almost like June Iparis from Legend by Marie Lu, very independent and stubborn, yet you can see that she craves a real friendship. I found it very interesting that despite her profession as an assassin, she really proves to be more than just her career --- she is caring and develops a deep bond with those around her. Also, Dorian and Chaol (deep sigh), were so beautifully established. I especially enjoyed watching Chaol's reserved personality begin to open up to Celaena. I really liked Dorian and his childish, yet sophisticated anitcs, but I really fell for Chaol. There is just something so raw about his character that is yet to be developed, but there are so many twinges of giddiness in him that makes me want to hug him.

The plot was so exquisitely developed and the world holds so much potential for more building in the future of this series, so I am super excited! This book was so action-packed and filled to the brim with life, I'm truly left in awe of how amazing it was. Sarah J. Maas features multiple POV's in this story and, like I've said before, I love reading from different point of views. She does an excellent job of making you feel what the character is describing and making you hold onto every last bit of detail. There were times where I had to stop and think about what was happening and had to analyze the characters, because each of their personalities were so different, but that really moved the plot along.

There were so many pros to this book and I really recommend this to anyone in a dire need of a good fantasy novel. I also recommend it to anyone who is a romance geek, because the budding romance in this story is one to keep an eye on! Definitely cannot wait to start the other books in the series, I've already bought Crown of Midnight, so I'm eager to get started!

Queen of Shadows, the FOURTH installment of the Throne of Glass series is released September 1, 2015, so you better get cracking on this series!

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