Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Throne of Glass Review

416 pages
Release date: August 7th, 2012

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.

Review (ARC):
This book is absolutely amazing. Celaena is the type of heroine I love, snarky with amazing fighting abilities who can hold her own against anyone or anything. I enjoyed the fact that even though Celaena could keep up with the guys she was still remarkably female. While there was some kind of a romantic triangle in this novel, Celaena doesn't let it distract her from what she has to do especially when it comes to the competition. I loved the way a little bit of the paranormal was thrown into this novel unexpectedly. All of the characters that Celaena interacts with in this novel are interesting and different. There were a lot of unexpected surprises and twists in this novel which keep the story interesting and fresh. Even though there are still a few hidden things about Celaena's past by the end of the novel, it doesn't make you feel like you're missing out on anything. There is a lot of action and intrigue in this novel that is exciting and keeps you reading. I definitely enjoyed this novel and I recommend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel with assassins, action, and a bit of romance.


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