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 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.
2015 has been such a great year for joining new fandoms for me. I jumped on the Rainbow Rowell bandwagon with Fangirl, I got hooked on new teen contemporary with Anna and the French Kiss, I stepped out of my comfort zone and tried out a sad book: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach, I stepped back in time a little bit and read the Jurassic Park books by Michael Crichton, I made a new author friend Susanne Valenti and fell in love with her books in the Cage of Lies series, and now I have joined the popular fan club of Throne of Glass. I understand why people have been calling it the best YA Fantasy. The first book came out in 2012 and it’s been all the talk ever since in the booktube and bookstagram world. I’m not sure why I didn’t jump right on it in 2012. The genre was right up my alley.
I will say that 2015 has been a very experimental year for me literature-wise. Maybe it’s something about being in my twenties, and figuring IT all out. Whatever the proverbial “IT” may be.
I may be late to the party but I’m here now! I LOVE SARAH J. MAAS. Holy cow you rock! I’ll admit that I have not done a whole lot of research Ms. Maas but I do follow her Instagram as of recently and she seems pretty cool. We could totally hang out over some Starbucks and muffins. I saw where she has been in New Zealand and I think Australia and she went and saw the Lord of the Rings set. That earned her even more brownie points from me! She seems so chill.
This book was an adventure from the get go. I had so much sympathy for the main character. She changes so much but she’s already such a witty, intelligent character. She has a love triangle that she is apart of and it is the best love triangle drama since Edward vs. Jacob.
Celaena is juggling the crown prince whom she shares her wit with and the kings captain of guard, Chaol, whom she shares her toughness and also her struggle of breaking down walls. She and Chaol both seems like they have horrible pasts and have been too beaten down in life to actually open up to another person.
If I had to pick who she ended up with I would definitely pick Chaol. Dorian is a little too “princely” for me. A little too arrogant, and a little too much of a womanizer.
Maas has done an excellent job of creating this fantasy world. I would go as far as to say that it is comparable to Garth Nix’s fantasy world of The Old Kingdom. I love it. I like how the book took an unexpected dark turn. I wonder how long this series took her to plan out. There is so much back story. She could write books upon books just on the back story. I would love to hear more about Celaena’s past and how she became an assassin. Or even after the series is over I would like to know more about Nehemia and where she comes from and how she grew up learning the Wyrdmarks without anyone but her family knowing.
Or even about Elena and Gavin. That story seems similar to Beren and Luthien from Tolkien’s tales. It’s an epic love story of warriors. And one is half elf! She’s built an entire new fantasy world. She may even need textbooks written like The Silmarillion, to explain all of the backstory.
I bought the second book Crown of Midnight on my day off from work. I’m about 60 pages in and loving it. However, I did not see the 3rd book in paperback at the Barnes & Noble I went to and bought the prequel The Assassin’s Blade instead. I’m hoping it’s one that I can read after the second book. Let me know if I should read the third book before it! But I can’t wait to learn more about Celaena’s past about Sam, whom she lost everything for.