Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Summary: [from GoodReads]
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 kings 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.
This book has left me speechless. I’m still not sure what to say beyond “amazing” but I’m willing to try!
Firstly, Celaena. I love that even though she’s tough from her assassin training she’s still very human and vulnerable. In fact, I often forgot her background until she or someone else started worrying about it. Plus, then we had the mystery. What exactly was her past, who were her parents and why were they killed? I haven’t the first clue (well okay, I have my guesses, but I have no solid evidence for any of it). I want to know what her life was like before Arobynn found her, and what the EFF is going on! I guess that’s what the prequels are for.
Both Dorian and Chaol were fantastic male leads. I felt Celaena’s confusion right along with her – when Dorian was there a relationship with him seemed not only inevitable but desirable! But then he would leave and Chaol would be there with his quiet steadiness and I would wonder what she (and I) sees in Dorian. I honestly think I am ‘shipping non-cannon for the first time in my entire life (I prefer Chaol), but I refuse to “jump” until I get 100% canonic proof I’m wrong.
I honestly could go on forever and ever about this book. It made me feel ALL the feelings. It had me literally jumping up and down in frustration more than once. I never even saw the words, only pictures as I raced through (case in point, I’m still not sure how to spell Celaena, I keep having to look it up, and she is the main character!) I have all the men cast in my head, and I can’t think of any women to play Celaena because I want to so bad!
Basically this book is bad news bears for my composure and professionalism, but only because it was that dang GOOD! Now please excuse me so I can throw a temper tantrum over no release date (heck, no INFO!) on book 2 in private!
Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.