Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: YA, Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
Synopsis: 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 king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.
Thoughts Going into the Books:
I had no idea what I was getting myself into when it comes to not only this series but the world that is Sarah J. Maas as an author. I had first heard about these books a year ago when I first started my bookstagram and everyone had these massive books of her’s and I knew nothing about them. So initially I had to have them, so I ordered them all. Found them on Amazon, purchased them all, and didn’t read them for about 8 months then one day I decided to crack open Throne of Glass and dive in head first. Sadly, I couldn’t see what all the splash was about. Celaena is a young beautiful girl who happens to be an incarcerated assassin, the countries best assassin, and is trying to win her freedom by becoming a savage king’s “champion”, otherwise in layman’s terms, assassin/spy. I’m in no way an activist of any kind but I’d be lying if I said didn’t the fact that she’s a kick-a** female didn’t strike a nerve with me seeing how I’m a young woman in today’s society. The book might not have sparked off a great start to the series for me but neither did City of Bones in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, which ended up becoming my favorite series ever. Luckily Sarah J. Maas did not disappoint in the sequel, Crown of Midnight, because that book blew me away, leaving me longing for more.
Even though I said I wasn’t really impressed with this book doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book or that Maas is in anyway shape or form not a great author, this book just didn’t ignite an urge for me to instantly love her work. With that being said, I must say this book was destined for me because of my unconditional love for the fantasy genre and my tiny, tiny dream of being an assassin. Hearing about a person going around killing the competitors was very thrilling, seeing how they’re all criminals and it wouldn’t be surprising that that would tick some people off. Only that wasn’t what happened, which it what through me off. I wasn’t even halfway through the book and I already knew who the bad guy was and that really killed the vibe for me. To live out the suspense would have been nice. To feel a little thrown off would have up’ed my scoring of this book but I guess that wasn’t what Maas was going for. But that aside I will say for her first book she is a captivating story teller. The characters had personality and depth and the emotions running them all wild were very genuine. Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is fond of fantasy because it just gets better and better. Just don’t be too surprised when people die…this is an assassin’s tale of course. ;-P