Thursday, July 4, 2013

Brad About Books: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Read on June 24, 2013
Published: August 7, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 404 pages
Source: Purchased
Series: Throne of Glass, #1

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.

Throne of Glass is a marvelous, riveting read that is dazzling hit in high fantasy. Sarah J. Maas is the new Tolkien! I can't even begin to express my extreme amount of love for this fantastic read!

If you know me, you know that I am sucker for high fantasy. Everything about it captivates me - the incredible world-buildings, the wonderful characters, and the plots are always epic and fast-paced. Throne of Glass is no exception to any of these. In fact, I think that this is my new favorite high fantasy book! No joke! My favorite part about a high fantasy novel is the world-building. An author can do so much for creating a world from the ground up, and Maas did a fantastic job with this epic and frightening world! I mean, assassins?! Fighting in an arena to be the King's Assassin?! YES. PLEASE. Going into Throne of Glass, I expected to be wow-ed and had my socks rocked off. And believe me when I say, I was blown away and more. Phenomenal!

Celaena was stunning! She's strong, fierce, loyal, and determined. She's everything I love in a good heroine. She kicks butt now and asks questions later - which, to be honest, is a fantastic trait to have in this brutal and tough world. I loved her right from the first sentence, and she never let me down. And she's not only the great character in Throne of Glass! I sometimes have problems with males in high fantasy. They're either too high-on-their-horse and snobby, or weak and always wanting to put the heroine in front of himself (which is a whole lot better than snobby). But Maas veers away from the norm and made our two strong heros exactly that - strong, hard-working, but with a heart that only Celaena could touch. And not only does this book live up to all the hype surrounding it, it well-earns every bit of it wholly. Just one of the numerous reasons why Throne of Glass rocked my world.

And just the entire plot of this book is so awesome and wonderful. There was never a dull moment for me - if I wasn't captivated by all the action and crazy-lightning-fast-paced scenes, I was marveling the beauty of Maas's prose and the way she described the castle of glass. If you are a high fantasy junkie (like myself), Throne of Glass is a must-read. You won't regret it!

Overall, Throne of Glass is an epic tale that shouldn't be missed. More please!

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