I just finished reading 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 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 had it all. A kick-butt heroine, lots of action, and a little bit of a romantic triangle.
Celaena (any idea how to pronounce that?) was an awesome heroine. She was completely confident and fierce, yet girly and bookwormy. I loved her! So true to herself in every sense.
There was tons of action in the book. A competition and fight to be the King's Champion. Competitors being mysteriously killed. A little bit of magic.
And the romance. Who will win her heart? The Crown Prince or the Captain of the Guard? It was a sweet love triangle--the guys weren't fighting over her. They let her choose, in a sense.
Throne of Glass kept me turning the pages until the end. I did get a little confused with some of the names of kings and places. But I got the hang of it. I can't wait to dive into Crown of Midnight next.
I gave this book a rating of 4/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge: 36
What's in a Name? 6 Challenge: Something You'd Find in Your Kitchen
2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 29
*FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from a friend.