Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date of Publication: August 7, 2012
Formats Available: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book
Synopsis: Known as Adarlan's Assassin Celaena Sardotheien has been slaving away in the Salt Mines of Endovier ever since she was betrayed and then captured. When Prince Dorian Havilliard offers her the chance to escape the mines and win her freedom through a competition to find the best assassin in the country Celaena puts her hatred for the royal family aside and agrees to compete. As other competitors start being brutally murdered Celaena begins questioning who she can trust, everyone seems to be hiding secrets, even deadly ones. Between her brutal training and her growing attraction to Prince Dorian Celeane must figure out who the murderer is, before she is killed and the freedom she is fighting so hard for is taken from her.
I was really excited to read this book, I had heard great things about it and the intriguing plot summary made me just that much more eager to start it. I instantly loved Celaena, her trainer Chaol, and Dorian; all of them had fun and unique personalities that made them thoroughly entertaining to read about.
I was fascinated by the plot, I love books about female assassins and this novel reminded me of a mix of Grave Mercy and The Hunger Games. Full of death, action, danger, and a pinch of romance Throne of Glass is full of heart stopping moments as Celaena fights for her life against a crew of cruel and cold competitors.
Celeane was an amazing character, I absolutely loved her. From her flippant comments to her cool yet impertinent demeanor I couldn't help but smile at her comments and actions. Dorian was another great character, half of him an arrogant prince and the other half willing to stand up to his father and do what he thinks is right.
Although I loved the characters I had a bit of trouble getting into the story. While the plot was by no means dull or poorly constructed I just didn't find myself getting lost in the story. Throne of Glass was just one of those books that didn't quite do it for me, I really wanted to love this book more than I did but it just didn't happen.
Even though this book didn't quite do it for me I would definitely recommend it to fans of The Hunger Games and fans of the YA genre looking for an action packed novel about a sassy female assassin. I'll be looking forward to future novels by Maas!