Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (Book One)
Who’s it for? Teen
What’s it about? Celaena Sardothien is the greatest assassin in the land. But after being betrayed and captured she has spent the past year working in the salt mines of Endovier – a death camp. So when the charismatic Prince Dorian says he wants her to represent him in the contest to become the King’s Champion she jumps at the chance. However, her opponents are thieves, thugs and assassins in their own right and a great evil stands in her way.
What’s good about it? Celaena! Celaena is such a quirky lead, it’s hard not to love her, it’s hard not to love anyone who can find it in themselves to smile after suffering so much. That and she is highly capable and very skilled.
There’s a host of great characters in this – Duke Perrington and the King are both deliciously twisted – although Kaltain is about as deep as a puddle.
I loved Celaena’s final decision regarding her relationships at the end – I won’t say too much more, but it was very refreshing. I also liked that despite there being hints of a love triangle men weren’t the be-all and end-all of her life. She is very much her own woman.
What’s bad about it? I felt like I wanted more information about the world in which this was set, because what little was given was tantalising – it’s my only gripe!
The verdict? I loved this. It’s set in a fascinating world, which I really wanted to know more about because by nature of what’s happening the book only moves between Endovier and the King’s Palace. The pace is good, the characters are excellent and I am wholly looking forward to book two!