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YA Review of Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

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Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

Age Range: 14 and up

Series: Throne of Glass #1

Hardcover: 416 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 7, 2012)

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Won in a giveaway

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Sarah J. Maas was born and raised in New York City, but after graduating
from Hamilton College in 2008, she moved to Southern California. She’s
always been just a tad obsessed with fairy-tales and folklore, though
she’d MUCH rather be the one slaying the dragon (instead of the damsel
in distress). When she’s not busy writing, she can be found geeking out
over things like Han Solo, gaudy nail polish, and ballet.

My Thoughts:

This was a strange book for me. I fully expected to love it, but when I
started reading, it struck me as cliche and cheesy. Some things stayed
that way through the whole book, but as the story progressed I found
myself liking it more. The more immersed into the world I became, the
more the characters grew on me. It doesn’t get very intense until the
last 100 pages or so. Most of the book is spent developing the
characters, setting up the world, and dabbling in romance.

The romance was the one part of the book that irritated me almost all
the way through. Regardless, I enjoyed the rest of the story and
particularly liked Celaena’s friendship with Nehemia and Nox. I
liked the mystery around the dark power lurking in the castle, and I
enjoyed the competition between the Champions. I really liked the
relationship that developed between Celaena and Chaol. He was one of my
favorite characters and I really hope to see more of him in the next
book.

The second half of the book found me turning pages late into the night. The ending was spectacular. I loved the last chapters.

Content: There is some kissing and innuendo, some language,
and some violence. Recommended for ages 14+.

4 STARS

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