Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (#1)
Release Date: August 7, 2012
Pages: 404
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Purchased

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?


Even though it did take me some time to fully get into the book, by the end of it I was craving more. Sarah J. Maas did a great job of building the characters, lore, and world of Throne of Glass and it was one of the more unique fantasies that I've read. I think that because of the building, the writing was a bit slow at times and I found myself dragging through it in the first half of the book, which is why I ultimately ended up giving this book a 4-star rating rather than something higher. Although, I will admit that my feelings about the pace could totally be due to the reading slump that I was in, and not entirely due to the writing. 

The characters of this book became some of my favorites, and I absolutely adored Celaena as a heroine. She was the perfect mixture of bad-ass and heart, and she was a great protagonist. As for the two love interests, I can't make up my mind on who I enjoyed more. While I was reading the book there were times when I was 100% Team Chaol and then I would totally change my mind and be completely rooting for Dorian. This is definitely a first for me because I can't think of another time when I have been so torn when it comes to who I want the main character to choose. (I've sat here for a few minutes now trying to decide if I'm even leaning towards one or the other in the slightest way and I can't seem to come to a conclusion on that front either.) I'm really interested to see how Celaena's relationships with both of these guys grow in the next few books and who she ends up with. 

Something that I absolutely loved about this book was the murder-mystery that took place throughout the book. It had me guessing and questioning characters and what was going to happen, and I loved it! I ended up figuring the plot twist, but even though I was sure about what was going on, Sarah J. Maas still had me on my toes and questioning my theory. This aspect of the plot was able to keep the story progressing at a manageable pace for me during those times when I felt like it was dragging along. 

What really hooked me was the last 100 pages or so. To put it into a few words, it was epically action packed and awesome! I became so engrossed in what was happening that I couldn't put the book down and got so lost in the events that I totally forgot that I was supposed to be cooking rolls for Easter dinner (whoops...). Just thinking back on it now gets my blood pumping! SO GOOD!

I cannot wait to read Crown of Midnight and see what happens next in Adarlan! 

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