Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Throne of Glass | Sarah J. Maas

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 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. 

Whether it was the procrastination that prevented me from studying for my finals, or the sheer awesomeness of this book, I couldn't tell you, but I could not put this book down. Recently, I haven't found a book that I truly enjoyed, until I came across this one. I loved the characters, the plot, the setting, everything. It had a Hunger Games meets the Selection vibe to it, which I honestly really enjoyed. The romance in this book was adorable and the plot was fascinating, and I'm honestly so excited to see where this series leads. 

Spoiler-Filled Review

Was it just me or was Celaena unusually perfect? I loved her as a character, but as some points she just seemed so perfect that it was annoying. Not only is she a kick-butt assassin, but of course she loves to read and is fantastic at playing the piano and is gorgeous on top of all that; she's the perfect package. I mean, of course she's had loss and obviously doesn't have a perfect life, but she seems to attract everyone wherever she goes, and by everyone I mean Dorian and Chaol. 

And of course no series is complete without the infamous love triangle. I knew that Sarah J. Maas wasn't going to make it easy and have her pick one of them and call it a day, but I really really really hope it's Dorian. Celaorian all the way! Chaol reminds me of Tobias... who I didn't love. Again, I have no idea what happens in the later books but here are just a few of my reasons why Dorian is better. 

1. He's so adorable. He gets nervous so easily and just is really cute. 
2. He loves to read. 
3. He gave Celaena a puppy. 
4. Unlike Chaol, he has some guts, enough to attempt and make a move, while Chaol just stands there *cough* Yulemas Dance *cough* 
5. The banter between Celaena and Dorian is adorable. They have that love-hate relationship I love so much. 

I really want Dorian to come back. #TeamDorian

The world building in this book is phenomenal. Already we begin to see unrest amongst the citizens of the different countries, Ellywe and Adarlan, as the citizens begin to realize the extent of the king's gree. We also witness this strain within the relationship between Dorian and his father and I predict a royal smackdown really soon. 

I'm seriously so excited to keep reading this series. Everything about it, the world, the characters, the plot, etc. is all so captivating and I can't wait too see how this story unfolds.