Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
Book Summary: 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 three 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.
Liana's Summary: Celaena Sardothien is a dangerous assassin. She's been hired by the prince as his Champion to compete in the Test. She doesn't want to do that- so why do it? One reason: Her freedom. She has the skill to kill and run away, but she'd rather earn her freedom the right way, with no people hunting her down day and night. Just win, wait four years, and she's free- forever. Celaena is grudgingly trying to cope with everything-- meanwhile, Sarah J. Maas is brewing a pot of romance..
I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time now, and when I saw it at my school's library I just was like, ERMAHGERD and I immediately checked it out. (Even if I had this huge stack of books I needed to read) And no, I was NOT disappointed! I liked this book a lot.
Celaena- The protagonist. Covergirl. She's a good one. It's been a while since I met a good protagonist. I mean, I like her, but then again, not really. She's really tough and I know she can fight for herself and fight for what's right. She's got killer fighting skills, (pun intended, ahem) and that's what I LOVE about her. But, on the other hand, she's arrogant, feisty, and pushy. Wouldn't really wanna be her friend. But yeah, really strong. She does a lot of speculation, which is kinda annoying. "I could snap his neck right now." "These idiots don't know what they're doing, giving me access to these weapons." "I could peel off his skin with my bare hands." etc, but the thing is she never takes action. It's just some crazy serial killer speculation. But I think the author did it on purpose... Wow. SJ Maas did a good job.
Nehemia- I feel bad for her. At first, I thought that I was destined to hate her, but it turns out that she's not half bad. I actually like her more than Celaena, except I got to know Celaena better. Nehemia is a great friend and the type that would never perform a betrayal (unless there's a huge turn of events.. isn't there always?)
Dorian- He's such a prince. LOL. Um, I really don't know what to think. He's a very.. princey guy. He seems pretty useless though. But he's pretty cool. He reminds me of one of my friends which is just kind of awkward. Cerian. Doraena. Celaerian. CELAERIAN. I SHIP IT
Chaol- I imagined him as an old guy. But it turns out he's not as old as I thought he would be. He's a good guy. I like Chaol.
The romance in this book is just so sad I don't want to even talk about it. Sad as in barely there and a small amount. That sad. Not sad as in Nicholas Sparks tragedy sad. Because if it were like Nicholas Sparks tragedies then I would be screaming right now. But yeah, it's the other sad. It was so weak I was like.. ugh. I expected more to happen but there were only a few kissing scenes and I was severely disappointed in this one aspect that I look for in every book. Don't get me wrong. I don't like erotica. But this just wasn't enough.
And now the title. I think it makes some sense, but it's not the most important thing in this story. I would have felt better if the title was Ardalan's Assassin, because that's what she is and she's also on the cover. Tbh, the throne of glass in this book is the throne that the friggin king seats his icy butt on. But that's it. It has nothing to do with Celaena at all. It took me a while to pull together enough details to understand the title, and I was just like, okay.. this doesn't really have anything to do with the whole story.
This story reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games-- like, a lot a lot. Like, a medieval version of THG.
Overall, the story was fantabulous and I am far from disappointed.
"Turn around, and let me view your back."
The prince crossed his long legs. "Leave us,"
"You like to read?"
"I didn't know assassins liked to read,"
Well, now you do.
"There were twenty-four of them--"
Why is it always 24.
"A wicked smile spread across her face."
"Are you that arrogant?"
"..picking up the skirts of her dress and blowing them behind her."
"You're not about to inform me that you wish to marry for love, are you?"
"There she was."
"..she was beautiful."
"Perhaps if we had a private lesson in your chambers," he said smoothly. "Tonight."
"She sort of wanted to kiss him."
"Well, she still very much wanted to kiss him."
"A shriek of rage ripped from her throat,.."
"Do you like him?"
"No fair maiden should die alone,"
"If you'd like to unwrap me," he said, lifting the large wicker basket onto the table, "We still have an hour until the temple service."
LOLOL I LOVE DORIAN
"I'm not interested in court ladies,"
"Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below."
"You're a girl?"
"..Celaena began laughing."
"I knew you'd win the moment I met you," he whispered, and her heart writhed as she understood what lay before them.
The remarkable thing about Sarah J Mass is, well, she published her first draft when she was 16. I don't want to wait until I'm in my twenties to become a published author. So yeah. That's that.
What did you think of this review? (;