Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
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?
Let’s just take a moment to stare at that cover. Celaena Sardothien is not someone you want to mess with. And Celaena was a fantastic character who really brought the novel to life with her witty lines, bright personality, and, of course, bad-ass skills.
This was one of my favourite books I read last year, which is saying something, because I only gave three books five out of five stars last year. The moment I saw that cover, I knew I had to get my hands on it — but the strange thing is that I only managed to pick up a copy almost a year after its release. But, wow. It’s the exactly the sort of fantasy I love. My only regret is that I borrowed it from the library instead of buying my own copy, which I will probably do anyway.
I think I read this book in about half a day. That was how awesome I thought it was, and it wasn’t exactly a ‘small’ book, either. It was the sort of book that entranced me from the first line and had been hooked until the last sentence, and once I was done, I’d wished there was more. The main character/s in a novel for me are very important — because chances are that if I don’t like the characters the novel is centred around, I probably won’t like the novel. Thankfully, I had no such trouble with this for Throne of Glass. From the first couple of chapters, I was already in love with Celaena in particular. She has a fiery personality, witty retorts, and she knows how to take care of herself; she’s independent, which is definitely something I admire in the protagonist.
And, oh, her love interests. Yes — plural. This is a book with a love triangle, and even though I usually despise multiple love interests, Maas incorporates two male characters who are likable (not to mention completely and utterly swoon-worthy… Oh, Chaol…) as well as being integral to the storyline and the development of the plot.
My overall thoughts on this books? Amazing.
If you’re looking for a kick-ass fantasy with lovable characters — then this is the one for you. Crown of Midnight was just as awesome in my opinion, and I’m waiting desperately for Heir of Fire, which is probably my most anticipated book of this year.
So, have you read Throne of Glass? What did you think of it?
See you tomorrow for my Top Ten Tuesday!