Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genre: Young/ New Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Assassin, Magic, Fairies
Source: Hard back
Pages: 416 pages
Rating: 5 stars
Blurb: (via Goodreads)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 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.
First may I start off by stating that Sarah Maas has made it to my top 10 favorite authors of all time the second I finished Throne of Glass.I haven't had a new author break that bubble in a while. ANYWAYS, the Throne of Glass tells the story of a young female assassin (one of my favourite subjects) who is taken out of the salt mines (the story's worst kind of imprisonment) and asked to participate in a competition to be the Kings Assassin (a man who she despises). If she wins, she will work for the King for 4 years before gaining her freedom, something she has never, ever had. BUT there is this monster that is killing some of the competitors... something not from this world.
Now, Sarah Maas DID write 4 prequel books that entail the story of what happened before she got caught. I read them, and it made the book make so much more sense. Saying that, you don't NEED to read them to read the Throne of Glass, you just have to use your imagination a bit more. I read the Throne of Glass before I even knew there were prequels... so it will be fine either way.
The main character in this book is absolutely amazing. She is wise beyond her years, but at the same time acts the way a normal eighteen year old girl would act. She loves living in luxury, but she knows how to live with the basics to survive. She is witty, and sarcastic, and a bit shallow... but underneath it all she has so much depth it is outstanding. There is a bit of magic in the main book, but none in the prequels. In this world the Fae have been killed and banished by the King... some of their spirits aren't so pleased with that. The connect to Celaena and try and save her from said monster I mentioned earlier.
Throne of Glass gets an easy 5 stars, as do all of the prequel novellas.
Prequel book 1- Assassin and the Pirate Lord
On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She's been sent by the Assassin's Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes - and she will risk everything to right the wrong she's been sent to bring about.
Prequel book 2- Assassin and the Dessert
The Silent Assassins of the Red Desert aren't much for conversation, and Celaena Sardothien wouldn't have it any other way. She's not there to chatter, she's there to hone her craft as the world's most feared killer for hire. When the quiet is shattered by forces who want to destroy the Silent Assassins, Celaena must find a way to stop them, or she'll be lucky to leave the desert alive.
Prequel book 3- Assassin and the Underworld
When the King of the Assassins gives Celaena Sardothien a special assignment that will help fight slavery in the kingdom, she jumps at the chance to strike a blow against an evil practice. The misson is a dark and deadly affair which takes Celaena from the rooftops of the city to the bottom of the sewer--and she doesn't like what she finds there.
Prequel book 4- Assassin and the Empire
Celaena Sardothien is the assassin with everything: a place to call her own, the love of handsome Sam, and, best of all, freedom. But Celaena won't be truly free until she is far away from her old master, Arobynn Hamel - so she and Sam decide to take one last daring assignment that will liberate them forever. And that's how Celaena learns that having everything... means everything can be taken away.
All of the prequels are about 100 pages each give or take a few in the Kindle editions.