Throne of Glass(#1), by Sarah J. Maas

4 loving a heroine who doesn’t need a man!

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This book was really good, I actually am sad that I put off reading it for so long.  Now I think I have to go buy the rest of the series. Well as soon as I get some of my TBR books done 😀

Celaena (these names are so hard!) is one kick ass woman.  Not only did she get trained by one of the greatest assassins she turned into one of the greats at a really young age.  She is so strong I’m so happy to have another strong young woman to read about.  So many of these ladies depend on their men to help them through.  Celaena has been locked away in an mine type setting.  I can’t really explain it which is awful, but you get whipped or murdered as you serve out your sentence. Most people do not last a month there however Calaena has lasted almost a year before the Crown Prince comes to take her away. He needs her is for a competition to be the king’s champion … you know for that guy who sent her to the mines to begin with!!

There was a lot of critique on how Celaena liked to dress up and sleep in and every great once in a while be girly.  Well heaven forbid a woman/young lady treasure some nice moments in a rather horrible life she has led.  I found her very practical she didn’t seem to want to play girlish games with the men or other women.  She was on task for most of the book working herself back up to her previous awesome assassin self. She has mental and physical scars that she has to work through.  I loved the little hints that magic is still alive in this book. She doesn’t let her attraction to either the crown prince or the head of the guard distract her.  It was really interesting to see how her mind worked out the details of what was plaguing the castle.  I liked seeing her interactions with the other champions as well as how she could act like a prim and proper lady when needed.

Sarah J. Maas’s writing style just flowed it was really nice to follow along.  I will definitely be going out and buying the rest of the series.  I really thought this was going  to be another over-hyped book.  It wasn’t and I’m so glad!

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Book blurb..

Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s (first published August 2nd 2012)
Original Title Throne of Glass
ISBN 1599906953 (ISBN13: 9781599906959)

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 four 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.

 

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