Magic disappeared from the world a long time ago, but when an assassin is brought to the castle, mysterious events occur. In an effort to win her freedom, she must compete against twenty-three other competitors, who are all criminals in their own right. IF she wins, she will be named the king’s champion. She goes by more than one name, but the world knows her as Celaena Sardothien.
The crown prince and the captain of the guard both take a special interest in her, but they aren’t the only ones. When the competitors start dying one by one, but not during the competitions, Celaena’s efforts not to return to prison are but on the back burner and the need to survive takes over. She must find and destroy the evil that is haunting the castle before it finishes its mission and destroys the world around her.
This is the first book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.
I had read this book before and I remembered being disappointed by it. However, I was not disappointed this time through. I actually loved this book and I am excited to see what the rest of the series holds.
Celaena isn’t my favorite character to follow and I did not relate to her very much, but she was real. There is so much going on behind the scenes with this character and I have so many questions about her past and her secrets. The was extremely three dimensional and I was impressed by the depth that Maas gave her.
The world that they live in was a lot to take in, but the world-building was done in stages throughout the book. There are a lot of countries mentioned along with additional towns and places. There is a map in the front of the book, but even when I looked at the map, I had a hard time keeping it all straight.
Then there is the fact that there are two love interests. This is not something that is common in books nowadays. As I type that I can hear everyone say “love triangles are extremely common”, but this did not feel like a love triangle. At least not to me. Celaena did not take her relationship with either man seriously and it wasn’t until late in the book that it is even revealed that more than one man is interested in her.
There were a few parts in the book that left me a little confused and with a ton of questions, but I’m hoping that all my questions will be answered sooner or later. There are seven more books for me to read in this series.
The writing in this book was easy and simple. I was never distracted by the writing itself, which is all that I ask for from authors. I do not remember any mistakes or typos that stood out to me.
For a fantasy novel, it was an easy read. It felt very much like an NA novel, instead of YA or adult. I have not come across very many NA fantasy novels so I really liked that.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and this world. I look forward to reading more of it. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a new fantasy series.