Throne of Glass by 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 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.
I was putting off TOG because I loved ACOTAR so much, I was afraid of being consumed by Maas’ story AGAIN. And considering that there are 6 books to binge read! And, boy, I was totally taken from the very first book! Maas really has this enchanting way of storytelling, excellent as always. I couldn’t peel myself off of the story the entire time. I was actually surprised that Celaena Sardothien is not THAT bad after hearing so many people hating her. She was vain and arrogant, yes. But I don’t see why it’s a bad thing. If anything, it compliments her kickass personality- deadly, haughty, cold-hearted, and sarcastic. We already have so many meek, beautiful-but-she-doesn’t-know-it, good girl heroines. I’ve never heard(or read) of someone who talks so highly of herself/himself as much as Celaena, it’s hilarious. Also, I’m really drawn to dark characters so I absolutely loved Celaena and her heart full of hatred, pain and fury. The plot is suspenseful and action-packed. The time I finished, I knew I’d be in for a looong ride.
My favorite parts of the book: ***spoilers ahead***
- Chaol Westfall, Dorian Havilliard and Celaena Sardothien’s friendship/love triangle- I rooted for Dorian EVEN THOUGH I know that he was just a passing love interest. I knew because Celaena doesn’t have a deep connection with him and she simply enjoys his company. I rooted for him all the same because he’s reckless, loving and sweet. Chaol, on the other hand, is too honorable and cautious to act on anything he might feel for Celaena. As captain of the guard, he’s loyal to Dorian above anyone else. But later on, his friendship with Celaena proved to be more emotional than her relationship with Dorian. I enjoyed their journey from hate to friendship and more.
- The competition to become the king’s champion. Though not as exciting as I thought it would be but some of the highlights were during the champions’ competition. Like the mystery of the murdered representatives, Celaena saving Nox, Pelor helping her in poison test, and the last match between her and Cain.
- The encounter with the ridderak and how she had slain the beast, the secret passage, wyrdgate and wyrdmarks and the mystery behind it.
- Nehemia and Celaena’s friendship. When Nehemia helped Celaena when she was attacked by ridderak, I knew that she will be someone important to her. And it shows how one TRUE friend is all you need to get through the darkest times.