Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: May 7th 2013
Source: Acquired from local library
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
There was a time last year when I would refuse to pick up this book. Last year I pretty much refused to pick up any kind of fantasy/sci-fi at all. But something in me has changed. I can now say that I fricken love fantasy. And this book cemented my feelings for it.
I had tried to read Throne of Glass last year and I didn’t break 30 pages. This time, I said why not, and just started reading. The book is hard to get in to. It took me about 40-50 pages to get fully engrossed into the story. After that, the story just took off and only kept on getting better.
The plot is so interesting and intriguing. It’s basically The Hunger Games meets the Tri-Wizard Tournament, and I hate to compare books to other books, but this one is so accurate. I can see so much potential and plot for the next books. Everyone says they get better with each book and I can totally see that. The pacing is fast paced and slow at the right moments. Really emphasizing on important points.
Celaena Sardothien is the badass heroine I’ve been waiting for since The Hunger Games (well one of them anyway. I have tons of favorite badass heroines.) Her character development is incredible. At the beginning she’s isolated and looks at the world with a very cold eye. Hating everything and is very sarcastic about it. She learns how to open up to people and let others in. This all happens in the course of one book. I don’t see this stuff from characters in multiple books. Also, she is funny as heck!
I will say it here and now, I am Team Dorian. Yes I said it! Team Dorian! Don’t get me wrong, I like Chaol. I think he’s awesome, but we really saw more from Dorian that made me love him more. Dorian is trying to do the right thing and break away from his father. He’s so sweet and really cares about Celaena. He doesn’t let him being the prince get in the way with his feelings. Chaol, to me, feels more like her best friend than boyfriend. He’s really cold to her in the beginning, but he warms up to Celaena and I can see a beautiful bond forming between them. There was romance, but romance that felt right. It didn’t feel forced but like it could build to be something great.
All of the other characters were great. Nehemia was really interesting and I can’t wait to see more from her in the next books. I have a feeling Kaltain and Duke will be bigger players in the next books as well.
I see the makings of an epic fantasy series right here. Just the right mix of fantasy and humor, with a splash of romance. I am literally the last person to get on this Sarah J. Maas train. Why didn’t I read her sooner?