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Throne of Glass

In YA Book Reviews on September 12, 2013 at 6:07 am

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by Sarah J. Maas

YA Fantasy/@2012/406 pages/ First in the series/7th Grade and Up*

Publisher Blurb:

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend. But something evil dwells in the castle–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival–and a desperate quest to root out the source of evil before it destroys her world.

My Thoughts:

I could not read this book fast enough. It is an engaging, well-written story with a variety of interesting characters. I would have liked more detail about the tests, but, then again, there were certainly enough other things going on to keep my attention. The plot was complex without being daunting. There is a complete fantasy world going on here with political intrigue and some elements of magic, but the author kept it easy enough to follow while still providing adequate descriptions about what was happening in and around the kingdom. The plot, for the most part, was action packed and well paced. I found the main character, Celaena, absolutely fascinating. With her incredible fighting skills and stamina, she could hold her own with the macho assassins in the king’s competition, as well as hold her own with the women who surrounded the Prince. She is incredibly smart (she enjoys reading, need I say more?), feisty, and independent and has a killer wit (pardon the pun). Prince Dorian and Chaol Westfall provide points in the love triangle, and Cain and the King and a few others make for chilling villains. This is the first in a series of six, plus there are several novellas available about some the back-stories involved, so you can definitely classify this as an epic fantasy.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Looking for more books like this? You might like The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen , Graceling by Kristin Cashore, The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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