(Goodreads) 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?
The Short Story? - Maas doesn't fail to impress with her highly anticipated debut, Throne of Glass! Assassins, royalty, saving the kingdom and romance, Throne of Glass is an extraordinary debut with wonderful characters and a phenomenal plot. Beautifully written and set in a medieval world, where magic is banned and the king is evil, Throne of Glass is highly entertaining and exciting to read. I would definitely recommend this to fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore!
The Long Story? - There has been quite a few mixed reviews about this book but *I* really liked Throne of Glass. Before writing this review, I read through some of the negative reviews and I don't agree with them because for me, Throne of Glass was fantastic! I loved the concept of the storyline, the assassin who must now fight for the very people who she hates to gain her freedom and Maas did a beautiful job turning this idea into words on paper. A beautifully told story packed with action and romance. I would have liked to see more world-building, Maas imagined this wonderful medieval world and it seemed like a shame that she didn't use the majority of it. I would have liked to see scenes that were set outside the castle but overall, still a great debut that I would highly recommend to fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore!
The characterisation was good. Maas has set a solid foundation for her characters and I'm very intrigued to see where they progress from here. Celaena is the kind of girl I would love to call a friend, she's strong, quite quick tempered and unafraid to voice her opinions. She's a flirt and she loves to joke but underneath that, she's a lost girl and her journey to finding herself has so far been very captivating. Dorian reminded me of Archer from Fire by Kristin Cashore. He was a huge flirt but his heart was in the right place and his love for Celaena was quite obvious towards the end. Chaol, was amazing. There is just this air of mystery around him, he keeps to himself, he's ruggedly handsome and gruff, there was just something about him that made him more intriguing than Dorian. He was less polished and more realistic. I wouldn't call the romance a love triangle but it's probably the start of a love triangle, both boys clearly have feelings for Celaena and I'm keen to see who she chooses.
In a nutshell, Throne of Glass was thoroughly entertaining! I would definitely pick this up if you're a fan of Kristin Cashore or Maria V. Snyder or YA fantasy in general. Maas has written an extraordinary debut that will appeal to a wide audience. Beautifully written, fantastic characters and a captivating and engrossing plot that kept me entertained from start to finish. I can't wait to see where the story leads Celaena next. Two thumbs up!
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