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Throne of Glass written by Sarah J. Maas is a young adult fantasy series following the adventures of its world’s most renowned assassin: Celaena Sardothien. She is a young girl of eighteen who has already gone through hell.
In this first volume, we meet her in the Salt Mines of Endovier, a death camp, where she has been enslaved after being betrayed. We do not know by whom, neither does she, for now. She is brought out of the mines by the Crown Prince to be his Champion in his father’s competition to become the King’s Assassin. Celeana strikes a bargain with the Prince that if and when she wins the competition, she’ll have her freedom after only four years of servitude. Twenty six champions compete against each other during thirteen weeks.
However, many champions die mysteriously. Besides, she meets the princess of one of the last kingdoms which still resist to Adarlan. A story of forbidden magic, black powers and powerful ancestry is undercurrent (but very present) to the war(rior) and love story. Celaena is ruthless and very talented in her art yet she is still capable of love, friendship, forgiveness, and enjoying pleasures. She is also vulnerable and attractive. A very complex female character. One of which we can do nothing but adore.
This novel has a high quality of writing and the story does not drag at all. You’re swept along the crazy events that happen to Celaena. The characters are strong and well-developed. It is very insightful and enjoyable. Besides the covers, back and front, are superb! I’m very excited to continue to read this series.
No, but seriously, the covers are insane! Love them!
I rated the novel 4.5*/5 because I want the sequel to be even better. I really do recommend this novel. And if what I hear about Sarah J. Maas is true, all her novels are to be read. And I’m planning to do just that!