For approximately six months I’ve had a copy of “Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas sitting on my bookshelf, but as is common for me when discovering a new author, I was hesitant to jump into it. However, the book and its sequels have been receiving such rave reviews that I decided now was the time to get invested in the series.
I listened to the audiobook (which was excellent) and flew through it, meaning I’ve now finished my 25th book of the 2015 Reading Challenge: #15 A popular author’s first book.
Within the U.K., Sarah J. Maas appears to have exploded in popularity in recent months, but it was from U.S. bloggers/Goodreads reviewers that I discovered this Jennifer Lawrence look-alike almost a year ago (I’m not the only one who thinks they look like twins, surely?!) All I can say is I’m so glad I read this book!
My Goodreads Review
“Dubbed the new ‘Hunger Games’, ‘Throne of Glass’ follows 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien, who was betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines of Endovier. She is given the opportunity of escaping from her prison, by winning a competition to become the King’s own personal assassin, and if successful, she would be granted her freedom after four years of servitude.
Celaena sees no other option than competing in the tournament, which sees her and her competitors completing different tasks every week, with the least successful individual being eliminated. She befriends the captain of the guard, Chaol, who protects her from the other competitors, Dorian, the King’s son, and Nehemia, a princess from another Kingdom, who is staying at the castle with Celaena. When her competitors start dying in mysterious circumstances, Celaena has to uncover the mystery, or risk death.
As a character, Celaena feels raw and real. She’s haunted by her past, but doesn’t let it define her. She’s independent, yet somehow slightly immature when it comes to relationships. She’s feisty and concerned with both her own happiness, and the welfare of her friends.
I cannot wait to see how this series develops!”
I definitely have high hopes that this series can fill the void that has been that has been present for me since I finished “The Hunger Games” trilogy 18 months ago. Whilst I was reading this novel I booked tickets to meet Sarah J. Maas on her U.K. book tour for “A Court Of Thorns and Roses” next month. I’m going to have to make that book a priority when it’s released!
#15 A popular author’s first book – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (7/10)
Twenty-four down, twenty-six to go. (Twenty-five read)
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