Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
My only regret with this book is that it took me so long to read it. Seven years, in fact. The good news, though, is that the whole seven book series has been released and I can read the books at my leisure instead of having to read it at a rate of one book per year. Anyway, this is an enjoyable fantasy read.
The novel opens with eighteen-year-old Celaena, who is serving a life sentence in the salt mines of Endovier, a country ruled by a king bent of power and the destruction of other neighbouring countries. Her crime? She's a highly skilled assassin. So skilled, in fact, that she's managed to survive a year in the salt mines where the luckiest and strongest prisoners last just a few months. And now the Crown Prince and his assistant, Captain Westfall have come to the salt mine to offer her a deal. She can compete in a to the death tournament, filled with thieves and other assassins. If she wins, she will serve the king for four years and then be granted her freedom. Losing is not an option and there may just be a lot more than Celaena's freedom at stake. And she's not the only competitor who wants to win at all costs.
This was an entertaining page-turn with a sassy heroine and some surprising characters and situations. The love triangle is underplayed and consequently, other elements in the story are far more entertaining for it. There is a lot in the story about destiny, one which I imagine will be played out through the course of the series.
Lots of fun. Highly recommended.