Review: Throne of Glass

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: 2012
Page Count: 404
Rating: 5/5

Celaena is a well known assassin. But when she is caught and sent to Endovier, a death camp, she thinks she is on her death bed. Until the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Dorian Havilliard, takes her to compete for the King’s Champion assassin. She is up against 23 other male champions and if she wins she will become the personal assassin for the King for four years and then be free. But if she loses she will be sent back to Endovier. But someone or something is killing the champions in the middle of the night. One by one. With Chaol Westfall, the captain of the guard, training her and Dorian, teasing and flirting with her, will she have what it takes to win?

Holy moly! This book is fantastic! There was never a dull or boring moment while I was reading. Celaena is kick-butt character and grows so well throughout the story. I loved Chaol and Dorian. The bickering between Celaena and Dorian was so fun and adorable. I just loved everything about this book. It’s full of action, mystery and a side of romance. Celaena was trained to be an assassin by the King of Assassins, Arobynn. Reading about her past with him, just sounded awful. He took her in when her parents died and trained her but he was rough on her. And it didn’t sound like he was a great father figure to her.

Celaena is suppose to be competing in tests against the other Champions and it was so fun reading of these tests. Celaena has been told by Chaol to back down and not show her competitors her strengths and Celaena wants to be a show off and get the recognition that she deserves. You can just feel her frustration when she has to back down from her strengths. She is also hiding her name from everyone. Since she is so well-known, Chaol and Dorian had the idea to give her a fake name so nobody would know who she is. She also befriends Nehemia Ytger, the princess of Eyllwe, who is staying at the castle to learn the culture and language. But as her friendship grows with Nehemia, she starts to feel bad for lying to her about who she is.

While Celaena is preparing and training for her tests, some of the Champions are found dead the next mornings and Celaena can’t help but think that she might be next. She starts to uncover secrets about the magic in the castle, which has been supposedly outlawed, and she wonders if the two are connected to the deaths. I’m pretty sure that I’m team Dorian but don’t get me wrong, I love Chaol. I just don’t think that Chaol and Celaena are suppose to be together. He trains her and I think he’s good at being her friend. But I feel like it’s so stereotypical for the main character to get with the prince, even though I really want to see them together. So i guess I’ll just have to wait and see in the next book.

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