Review: Throne of Glass – An Accused Assassin and a Challenge

Posted August 20, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

Review: Throne of Glass – An Accused Assassin and a ChallengeThrone of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury (2012)
Paperback (406 pages)
Also by this author: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire
Also in this series: Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows
Reading Challenges: Read 2015


Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.
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?

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My Review

At eighteen years old, Celaena Sardothien, the most notorious assassin of Adarlan, had been imprisoned in the Endovier salt mines for over a year. Few believed that such a feared assassin could be so young. Her identity was mostly kept a secret, even within the salt mines.

When Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard of Adarlan comes to Endovier with a proposition that could entail her freedom, Celaena is willing to listen. The king has called a competition. Over the course of a few months, tests will be given and duels will be fought to become the next King’s Champion. Dorian wants Celaena to compete with the twenty three other would-be-champions.

Celaena agrees because this is her own shot at freedom. Sure, she will need to win the competition, then serve as the King’s Champion for four years, and then freedom will be hers.

At the palace, Captain of the Guard Chaol Westfall trains Celaena to ensure that she is the best. Both Chaol and Dorian have quite a bit resting on Celaena’s success. She just needs to rise to meet all the expectations placed upon her.

Celaena also meets the Princess of Eyllwe, Nehemia Ytger, at the palace. The two become friends after their first meeting. Neither expected a friend in the palace though they both need each other in ways they don’t quite understand.

Celaena is a very real character. I love that she isn’t always perfect. She can make mistakes. She can let her feelings tell her different things. She can just be totally and completely real.

I have to say that I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into when I opened this book. I had heard wonderful things about it and had purchased it on a whim. I was very surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I am glad that I did purchase it on that whim.

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