Throne of Glass has been hyped up on book blogs and youtube for months and months , so I’ve been meaning to read it for a long while.
[The Plot]: 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.
It didn’t take me long to get into this book, I was fully immersed from the very first chapter. At the very beginning of the book, we learn a lot about the world Celaena lives in. I really enjoyed the way the story began, when we find Celaena being collected, so to speak, by the Prince with the offer of competing in the competition. I especially enjoyed Maas’ descriptive style and how she introduced the characters.
From the very beginning we are aware of how tough Celeana is, not only is she an 18 year old famously feared assassin, but she has survived a year in a salt mine, that most can only survive for a month. We also see that this toughness she harnesses, comes from somewhere in her past. She keeps her guard up at all times, and it becomes evident that the doesn’t trust easily. As the story progresses, we start to see that Celeana is more than just a deadly assassin, she’s an eighteen year old girl who cares what people think of her. Her reputation is everything to her, and the fact that she is informed that she must keep her identity a secret in the competition is killing her inside. Celeana has been alone for a long time, and it isn’t until she is at the palace that she realises how valuable friendships can be.
Maas has left this book with a perfect cliffhanger, so much has happened throughout the story, and you can’t wait to delve into more of this world. But, there is a twist at then end that leaves you wondering what path the next book will take.
I need to read the rest of the books in this series, and I can guarantee that Crown of Midnight will be on my to-buy list for next month.
I rate this book four out of five stars.
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