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.
Oh god!! This was my first time reading something from the High Fantasy genre, and Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas sure didn't disappoint! Makes me want to read all the other famous books in this genre, which is why I'll be getting Game Of Thrones series next week.
Ok, now let's get back to Throne Of Glass. Well as many of you might know, Sarah first published it as a story on Fanfictionpress.com at the age of 16. YES people, at 16. Shows how much of a genius she was and still is. And I'm so happy she finally went published or else I would have never known about her amazing talents or even discovered and loved the High Fantasy genre.
Truly, this book is simply a fine masterpiece. From the well constructed world to the well developed plot to the amazing characters. You won't help but love every single piece of it. The story never failed to suck me in with the detailed descriptions that made it quite easy to picture the world and the scenery where the chapters of the book came to life. And the change of the POVs gave us lots of insights about each character and their inner feelings and thoughts, and that way we could understand the characters better and their motives too.
I absolutely LOVED Celeana. Every bit of a kick-ass warrior (or should I say assassin? :P) but at the same time such a lively girl with such a big heart and so much raw energy and her obsession with dresses quite amused me, you would think an assassin with her reputation would be a bit more manly hhhhh. And then there's Chaol, Captain of The Guard. Such a lovely character, although he usually shows himself as the heartless trainer, he truly cares for Celaena. And the moments we got to see that so plainly we absolutely my favorite scenes. And then Dorian, the handsome playful flirtatious prince and avid reader with the biggest heart ever. No one can resist his charms, I'm telling you. Because even though he's a bit immature and still can't stand up to his father The King (but that's understandable, even Celaena gets terrified just from the notion that he's staring at her) though I was proud at the end to see him stand up to The King and be the man he's destined to be. So yes, although I would have preferred that Celeana ends up with Chaol, I do love Dorian and I wouldn't get upset if he were the one to get her at the end (wait a sec, there IS going to be another book right??? Please say yes, well seems I have a bit of research to do).
Now to read the 4 novellas that I had so stupidly ignored even though I had them long before the book came out. But you can't blame me, I hadn't known that they could be read before Throne Of Glass. But no harm done, I'll just read them now. It's never too late to read a boom, right? ;)