For months and months, I had been hearing about Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times Bestseller Throne of Glass. So when I finally got the chance to read it, I have to say that it completely lives up to the hype. This fantasy novel follows the most famous criminal in all of Adarlan, an assassin name Celaena Sardothien. For an entire year she had been locked up in the salt mines of Endovier, paying for her crimes in hard labor. That is, of course, until she’s dragged out of the mines to meet the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Prince Dorian offers her freedom with one condition. She must compete, and win, as his champion in the King’s contest to find a new assassin for Adarlan. Her opponents? Thieves, assassins, warriors- all male. Celaena knows that she can beat out the competition. After all, she’s known as the Queen of the Underworld. But her plans are interrupted when something evil is running around the castle. Something that seems to be taking out Celaena’s competition, one by one.
My first thought while reading the synopsis of the book was great, another Hunger Games ripoff. But after reading Throne of Glass, I can’t put my happiness into words. This book is everything every fantasy book lover wants. It has badass assassins, rebellious princes, tyrannical kings, two-faced members of the court, magical creatures, and a map of the fantasy land after the cover. Celaena Sardothien is snarky, fierce, practical, beautiful, and most of all not perfect, which is something we don’t usually see in novels starring a woman as the lead. Yes, there’s a love triangle. But honestly, Celaena spends more time worrying about her dinner then she does about the two boys chasing after her.
I would easily give this book five out of five stars. I would recommend it to readers high school and above, and readers with an interest in fantasy novels. If you enjoyed this book, be sure to read the entire series. I know I will.