Published on August 16th, 2014 | by Natasha Shaikh1
Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass is a modern-language fantasy book for teens by Sarah Maas that forces you, at swordpoint, to fall in love with each and every character despite their flaws.
Ceraena Sardothien has served a year in the worst salt mines of Endovier for treason and crimes related to her career as Adarlan’s greatest assassin. The Crown Prince offers her freedom in exchange for her participation as his champion in a competition before the very same king who sent her to the mines. The winning champion will work for the king and be freed from the prison they were recruited from and paid handsomely for their services.
Celaena agrees to let Prince Dorian sponsor her on the condition that she is freed after three years of service. Celaena finds training with Captain Westfall exhilarating, but court life boring. She befriends a princess and slowly realizes she has developed feelings for the people she once considered her enemies, especially Prince Dorian. The monotony of court life is suddenly ended by the murder of one of the contestants. As more contestants are being killed off one-by-one, Celaena protects herself and her fellow contestants by looking for the killer so she can destroy them herself.
Throne of Glass is not what you expect from a YA fantasy book—it has lots of romance and grisly violence, reading nearly like adult fantasy. Readers are led into a vivid kingdom with dark magics, fairies and heart-wrenching oppression.
Why You’ll Love It
It is surprisingly hilarious and has believable romance in a world that is a lot like Game of Thrones’ Westeros, but with all sorts of magic and creatures. It is creepy, even when you’re not sure what creature exactly Celaena is encountering. Just wait until you meet an Ironteeth witch…
Adarlan’s historical detail and surprising back stories are enough to keep you hooked into this (potentially) six-book series. And if that’s not enough, how about the hunky, broody Captain of the Guard—Chaol (KAY-ul) Westfall? Or the kind and actually charming Prince Dorian?
“Over a million? A million books?” Her heart leapt and danced, and she cracked a smile. “I’d die before I even got through half of that!”
“You like to read?”
She raised an eyebrow. “Don’t you?”
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