Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Mass
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Type: Series – Book1
Genre: YA NA Fantasy, Action and Adventure
Primary Characters: Celaena Sardothien, Chaol Westfall, Dorian Havilliard
Source: My Purchased Copy
Blurb as per good readreads:
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.
I haven’t read many YA fantasy books. I just picked this book based on Author’s popularity and decided to give it a try. This is the first fantasy book which held my interest from beginning till end after Harry potter. I was totally invested in this after reading few chapters. It has everything I craved for in a fantasy book.
The book starts out with 18-year-old Celaena Sardothien, being taken away from the salt mines of Endovier. A year back she was betrayed, captured and imprisoned as she is the badass Assassin of Adarlan. Now, Crown prince of Adarlan- Dorain Havilliard has offered her a chance to her freedom. Her freedom isn’t offered as a free reign. She has to pay the price and earn her freedom or die earning it either way.
King of Adarlan is looking for a great assassin in land and the winner will be kings champion. She has to fight twenty-three, thief’s, killers, warriors to come out on top. Dorian chooses her to be his champion in this contest of strength. Being the only female young contestant, she is looked down as she is contesting in alias name. She is assigned a “Capitan of Guards” – Chaol, who will assist and train her for the competition.
When she enters the castle, she realizes there is a dark evil which dwells the halls of castle and her other opponents are being killed. Now her fight is for freedom as well as survival. As the games continues, she encounters several things, from competition to evil creatures. She befriends few and rivals few and faces everything head on.
What’s the evil creature which is lurking in the castle? When magic was died long ago in kingdom, will it really play a part? Will she win the competition and becomes the king of champion? Who betrayed her? Will Celaena survive evil and win her freedom?
I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style, world-building and her characters. The characters were well formed along with the wonderful plot. Totally fell in love with Chaol, Nox Owen and Princess Nehemia.
This book has everything. Great characters, drama, intrigue, mystery, loyalty, deception, power hunger aristocrats, adventure, action and the promise of magic. Great start and this series have so many possibilities. Can’t wait to unearth the other gems in this series.