“In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.”
The Throne of Glass is a gem in the ever-evolving fantasy field. I enjoyed this book so much! I went in with no expectations and I was blown away. It was a perfect merge of all the elements that one would love in a book. Maas first published her first draft of this book at the tender age of 16 on a website, the book was recieved really well with tons of fan mail flooding her inbox and 10 years later after redrafting countless times Bloomsbury published it in 2012. As you can see Mass is a very inspirational person and she has definitely inspired me to attempt writing a draft for a novel. If you haven’t read ToG I recommend you pick it up, scroll down to the amazon link below to purchase it. Now onto the detailed-may contain minor spoilers-review:
I felt this book was perfectly paced, with beautiful world and character building. I instantly fell in love with Calaena Sardothien (protagonist), her character was well developed and her backstory, that built up to her becoming the most notorious assassin in the land of Erilea, made me shed a few tears. The fantasy element was amazing, with that twinge of suspense and mystery. The action in the story had me sitting on the edge of my seat, it left me gasping for breath at certain points and goosebumps literally climbed my arms and legs . The romance wasn’t rushed and did not have the love-at-first-sight element that I personally despise, it is woven into the story so that it wouldn’t ruin the plot but compliment it. The princess (Nehemia) was such an amazing person and a great friend for lonely, tortured yet ruthless Calaena. The antagonists were great at being evil and served the story well. The end of this breath-taking story left me wanting more and I have began reading the sequel Crown of Midnight, this will be a six book series, the third book will come out September 2nd 2014. Mass’ poignant, sharp and descriptive style has won me over. 5/5 stars.
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