Title: Throne Of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Published: August 2nd 2012
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟
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?
I hate to admit this but Throne Of Glass actually lived up to its hype. I’m sort of annoyed at myself for letting controversy surrounding the later books put me off the series altogether but I’m here now and I’ve fallen straight down the rabbit hole.
First things first, I really enjoyed the fast pacing to the point where I flew through the pages and finished half of the book within a couple of hours. It’s addictive, to say the least. It was also quite predictable because obviously Celeana was going to win the contest to become the King’s Champion, but I love contests! and it was part murder-mystery too which I didn’t expect but made it all the more appealing.
The characters were also everything. I had mixed feelings about Celeana to begin with but she’s a book-loving assassin! Seriously. A book-loving assassin and a book-loving prince! Dorian was actually the least interesting to me but I did pride myself in pronouncing his surname over and over again. Havilliard. Havilliard. Havilliard.
Chaol is obviously my son. And Nehemia was probably my favourite character in the whole book. Overall, I adored the friendship and banter between the four and maybe even a little of the romance too. The period scene was actually hilarious so props to the author for actually including it without making a big deal.
Since I own the next three books, I’ll probably be picking up the sequel. Though, I have been told to stop reading after Heir Of Fire because that’s when it all starts going downhill. Frankly, I’m not planning to commit to a prolonged series so this shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t even know how many books there are supposed to be? And you’ve probably been told countless times before but… you should definitely read this.