Monday, July 9, 2012

Throne of Glass

By Sarah J. Maas
Released August 7, 2012
Netgalley.com
4 / 5 Gnomes

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison. 

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.
And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival–and a desperate quest to root out the source of evil before it destroys her world.
~sarahjmaas.com~
 The perk of being a fan of several great blogs is every once in awhile they'll lead you to some amazing books.  Anna from Annareads.com gave a glowing review of Throne of Glass so I decided to movie it up in my queue.  So glad I did!

I've mentioned it before, but I really, really, really like strong female warrior characters.  There's definitely something empowering about a girl who can kick a little butt without having to rely on guy...not that relying on an equally strong male character is a bad thing.  Let me rephrase...I really, really, really like books with strong female warrior characters and warrior men who respect them enough to let them do their own fighting.  There, that's better.

I had a feeling I'd like this book from the get go.  It doesn't get much cooler than a female assassin who's not super shady and angsty.  Celaena has had a rough time with things, but through all of the hardships and struggles she has maintained a humanness that makes her extremely likeable.

In a castle made of glass, Celaena must fight for her life and her freedom and confront a past that has haunted her  and left her with scars she will carry forever.  Luckily she's not alone...LOVE TRIANGLE!  It's okay though, but it's not an annoying love triangle.  There's no "I love you...no, I love you...but he's so vulnerable...but he's so moody and deep..."  It's a love triangle of mutual respect and loyalty.

My one criticism...Celaena is thrust into a fierce competition where she will battle a number of criminals, murderers, and thieves to earn the title of Kings Champion.  A series of tests will determine the winner, but we get very few details about the tests considering.  I really wanted to see what Celaena was capable of, why she was legendary and feared.  Some of the tests were gleaned over and only two were really flushed out into full scenes.

But it's a minor problem in a fantastic book.  Definite visit Throne of Glass when it is released in August!  

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