Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

One of the books I read this summer that I thoroughly enjoyed was Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I can’t wait for the sequel to be released, named Crown of Midnight, on August 27th, 2013. When I look for new series, I specifically look for novels with a kick-ass female lead character, similar to Katniss in Hunger Games or Katsa in Graceling. I find it funny their names are so similar =) Several factors went into my choosing of this book. The synopsis made me squeal when I read it, the illustrated cover drew me in, and everything about it made me lust for more!

The novel follows the young, but extremely talented Celaena Sardothien. She’s an 18-year-old, mysterious, and beautiful girl but also an assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan. She’s captured and imprisoned for her crimes, left to rot away in the salt mines of Endovier.  After a long year with several failed escapes of the prison, Celaena is visited by a man named Chaol Westfall, the Captain of the Guard. He brings her in front of the Prince Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Realizing she won’t survive much longer in the mines, Celaena accepts the Prince’s  deal, agreeing to be his champion in his father’s tournament to find a new royal assassin. She’s escorted to Adarlan under the false identity of Lillian Gordaina, where she begins her training and tests against the other male opponents. As the tournament begins, things go amiss when challengers mysteriously begin to get killed one by one. Celaena, Chaol and Dorian work together to figure out what’s going on in the kingdom.

The novel is filled danger, action, and mystery behind every corner. When you think you understand what’s going on, Maas sends the book down another path that you’d never expect. Of course, you can’t have a teen book without the classic love triangle. What team are you on? Team Chaol or Team Dorian? =) Likewise, I simply love Celaena’s character. She’d stubborn, intelligent and able to manipulate men to her advantage. She can kill people whenever she wants in ways the reader wouldn’t think of, earning her the reputation and resect she deserves. There’s even Celaena’s mysterious (magical) past that Maas only touches on briefly in this book, leaving her readers hanging and asking questions.

Anyone who loves this book would like Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers or Defiance by C.J. Redwine.

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