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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass #1

Goodreads rating: 4.23

404 pages
Published: 7 August 2012

ISBN13: 9781599906959

My rating: 3.7

This is Sarah J. Maas’s first novel and it really shows in the book. The book is a loose retelling of Cinderella based on the premise of what if Cinderella went to the ball not to dance with the prince but to kill him…

Throne of Glass is an exciting introduction to the series and the characters, so I am very excited to see where it goes.The book revolves around Celaena an assassin who is in prison, she is then “saved” by Prince Dorian to compete in his father’s competition, basically his father is looking for someone to do his dirty work for him and he decides to hold a competition to see who will be the best person for the job. Celaena is a great main character, she is a total badass (though you don’t get to see much of it in this book) she is also a sensitive “real girl” that a lot of girls can relate to. Overall I thought it was a great read and would definitely recommend it. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series. (I am reading this series with the #fireheartsareadalong so I will be reading and reviewing 1 book a month until the final novel is released)

I did really enjoy this book, Maas laid an enormous foundation for this series in this one book and the reason she did a lot of things in this book is for the series as a whole, so a lot of respect to that alone. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books as I know people love this series and this first book has me hooked! 

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 four 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.

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