Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's

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.com

Let me see if I can put my thoughts about this into words.  I don't want to give the idea that I didn't like it.  I did like it, but I just had some mixed feelings about it.  I thought the story was very unique...something purely fantasy, which is something different than what I usually read.  I definitely don't read a lot of straight fantasies, but I do like them, so I don't think that was an issue.

I loved the idea of an assassin heroine.  This was definitely unique, and I completely loved the heroine.  She was spunky, fiery, formidable, and brave.  I loved that spark of fire in her that just came crackling onto the page during every scene.  She was definitely one of the most winning parts of this story.  I also loved the other characters.... the guys that is.  I really do love them both, as they each had something special they brought to the story, and to Celaena.  I am pulling for one over the other, and I have a feeling it's going to be the other one.  LOL!

I think the only real problem I had with the story was that it was somewhat cumbersome to read.  There was too much detail for me, to the point where I felt like I was drowning in the world building a little bit.  Perhaps the description was a little too rich for my enjoyment, or perhaps there was just too much of it.  Also, I had a hard time getting past the question of "why would a kingdom need an 'official' assassin?"

I loved the tests, though... this was an exciting, suspenseful part of the story.  Bottom line...will I read the sequel?  Yes, I definitely will.  Like I said, this was a very well-developed story that had great characters and some wonderful suspense.  I thought the author did a great job creating her world, and I am interested in seeing what happens to these characters and where things go from here.


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