Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Official blurb: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 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.
POV: third person alternating perspectives between Celaena, Chaol, Dorian and Kaltain (I think that’s all). Celaena, the protagonist is very mysterious and interesting while still being a bit goofy in a relatable way– I loved her.
I CRAZY-LOVE this book. I want the sequel here, now, more than I want world peace. Just saying. Wow. I held off on buying this book because I read a couple mixed reviews from bloggers I respect, ordered it through the library, what a mistake!! Now I have to return it. This book made me laugh, cry, I didn’t figure out the mystery until page 199, I LOVE the main characters.
To be fair…One thing that did bother me was the way they organized paragraphs made it very confusing who was saying what… Like:
Darth said, “Luke.” Luke flailed his stump of a hand. “Your father!!!”
“No!!!” Luke yelled.
(Stars Wars. Yeah, Sorry if that’s some kind of infringement).
Maybe that format is correct in some school of writing but it’s a little brain screwy for me. Another irk, they use American slang. But, honestly, I’m over it and I don’t care!!! I loved this book!!!
If you haven’t already, Read It!! (Yes, that would be a Jedi mind trick). The sequel is just as good, review to come.
Five Stars *****