Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

13519397Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Release Date: August 7th, 2012

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary: “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.” – Goodreads

Let me start by saying that I ADORE the protagonist of this novel. Celaena is hardcore, and while I see a lot of female protagonists in YA these days, very few actually get down into the nitty gritty of the fighting, usually leaving it to the guys. Not Celaena. (She knows how to skin someone with her bare hands. Yikes.)

The writing is pretty good! Occasionally it can be a bit clunky, but not often enough to detract from the book as a whole. Overall the writing style is descriptive and clear.

The plot is unique and draws you in. Don’t let the summary fool you; it’s nothing like The Hunger Games, whatsoever. That being said, it is a biiiiit slow moving around the middle, but quickly bounces back.

The cast of characters is great. All have depth and are well executed, – (though I’d like to know more about the King, but I feel that’s to come).

I highly recommend this book, especially to fans of fantasy. Great plot, great characters, – docked only half a point for some clunky writing and a sliver of a slow plot-, Throne of Glass earns a 4.5 out of 5.

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