- Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
- Pages: 406
- Buy: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass series Book 1)
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.
I feel a little strange reviewing this one–mostly because I feel that everyone else has already reviewed it years ago. However, this was recommended to me as one of those great YA series that would make me love the YA genre, and honestly, it was a great recommendation.
Celaena is a fantastic, multi-dimensional character. Despite her hardships, she manages some snarky jokes and wry commentary, and even though it took her way too long to figure out which obvious bad guy was murdering competitors, I enjoyed following her on her journey.
I admit that I also enjoyed the little bit of romance sprinkled in what was otherwise an action-fantasy tale. It was just enough to supply a bit of motivation without taking away from the overall plot. The way the romance was “tied up” also worked well in my opinion, although I was surprised it was handled in such a mature way as the author was apparently quite young when she wrote this novel.
Now for my favorite parts: the fight scenes. Hands down the best part of the novel. Did I want more of them? Yes I did, but there are six more books for me to read for me to get my fill.
The only problem I had with it was that I occasionally found the writing and the dialogue a little juvenile, which is understandable as this was a debut novel by a young author.
That said, if you haven’t read this book yet…why not?