by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: August 17th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA
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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.
This book was so good! I picked it up simply because of the hype it was getting. At first, I was doubting my decision because this type of YA story usually follows a certain structure and if it’s not done well, it could be missing something or take a turn for the worst. But this was not the case. This book lived up to the hype and so much more. A really good story with great characters and very interesting twist and turns.
This book is what I will describe as very well rounded book, if that makes sense but let me explain. This book had a little of everything I like in a book.
THE CHARACTERS: The characters in this book are so good. The main characters are interesting and complex. Celaena Sardothien is oficially one of my favorite YA characters and let me tell you why…. I AM SO TIRED, SO TIRED OF DULL, SHALLOW AND JUST PLAIN BORING FEMALE PROTAGONIST… I picked up this book after a bad reading streak in terms of female protagonist (thank you, Nora Grey). Not only is Celaena a badass but she has depth and PERSONALITY. The fact that you read this book and you learn so many things about Celaena’s personality—the things she likes, the things she doesn’t, her favorite hobbies and her interest—makes her feel a thousand times more real and to me that’s how every character should be. I loved Dorian and Chaol. Don’t ask me which team I am on because I will throw myself off a bridge. #statusundetermined .
PACE AND TONE: To me this book was very well paced—it wasn’t slow but it wasn’t as fast paced as one expects it to be. In my opinion, this book maintained a very good pace and timing in which it always kept you wanting more. And also it had great moments of action, mystery, humor, romance and many more!
PLOT: I loved the plot of this book. I mean, it had assassins! Come on… That topic is freaking fantastic and the other details and aspects Maas incorporates in the story work so well with the plot. Ugh SO GOOD!
UNIVERSE: It has an amazing world. I personally really, really loved the world building in this story. It felt real and magical and just so captivating and overrall the perfect setting for this story.
AMAZING BOOK! I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS TO YA FANTASY LOVERS
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