The Throne of Glass by Sarah.J.Maas

Overall Rating:    5 / 5
Author(s):    Sarah J. Maas
Publisher:    Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
Genre(s):    Young Adult High Fantasy, Young Adult Romance
Age Range:    12+
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 three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.

 

What I liked about it:

I really enjoyed the way Sarah.J.Maas managed to flawlessly blend heartbreaking drama into the grim situation of Celaena and the intriguing mystery of who was behind all the gruesome deaths of the competitors. But everything about The Throne of Glass appealed to me, from the strong female lead to the fascinating fantasy world Maas created to the deep and spellbinding story-line full of political plotting and betrayal, all with a sweet dash of humor and romance. Though I do have to greatly compliment Maas’s highly appealing and alluring style of writing.

 

What I didn’t like about it:

There was really nothing for me to criticise in this remarkable tale, as it had everything good books normally have; an array of unique and incredible characterizations, a thrilling plot-line, and a distinctively engaging style of writing. I don’t like giving books five star ratings as I feel a book can always do with a bit of improvement, be it characterizations, be it the plot-line, but Throne of Glass will always remain one of my favorites as I find it appeals to everything I like. I can’t fault it.

 

Overall,

I think it’s a really good read and it definitely deserves a place on the best seller shelf. I would recommend this to anyone 12+ interested in a real taste of high fantasy and young-adult romance.