Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy, YA
Publication: 05/07/2012 by Bloomsbury
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Pages: 404 Pages
Source: Library Paperback
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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Goodreads Summary:
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 four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.

My Thoughts:
I was honestly very surprised by this book. I went into it knowing the hype around the series and I thought that I was just going to think it was mediocre. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I was really enjoying reading this book.  I understand where people were coming from when they say they love it because it's definitely a fun read. 

I really enjoyed Celaena, she didn't have your typical assassin tropes which was awesome. She could be badass and a girl all at the same time. She made reasonable decision and you can understand where she was coming from. I really enjoyed how she approached the romance aspect, she was realistic and I applaud her for it. 

I am very excited to see where this story goes, because I am so late in the game I know there are so many twists and turns ahead of me. That's what interested me most while reading this first book, I kept thinking about how different the story could end up in the future. I am excited to continue on and experience this world deeper. 

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