Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for Greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind but she made a fatal mistake, she got caught.The Crown Prince of Adarlan offers Celeana her freedom, in return for her representing the Prince in a tournament-fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lost, she's about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassins heart be melted?
Wow. What else can I say? Throne of Glass brought to life a brand-new world I loved. When you turn the first page you are greeted with beautifully-described scenes and gorgeous writing. The descriptions and words sweep elegantly from page-to-page, like the female protagonist at the ball.
At the beginning of this novel, I never expected for Celaena to become one of my favourite females in YA Novels. She seemed arrogant, and although she kept that, her love for music and reading shocked me. What I loved about her was her attitude. Seamlessly strong but witty, powerful but an avid reader and feisty but kind. An assassin but an eighteen year-old girl.
The world-building in this novel is just breath-taking. Erilea is completely understood and so-well imagined you feel you are there. The insight to this world was detailed and the way it was brought to life so easy to imagine. Celaena's dress descriptions were luscious ! I'm still in awe at this world and it's deadly secrets.
Throne of Glass combined fantasy and dystopian with aspects of fairy-tale sneaking in throughout the novel. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, as this truly exhilarating read reached it's climax. Chapters would leave you gasping for breath, or questioning characters motives. It changes everything and you seem to be lost in the world, where you would think magic was gone for good. There was also romance intertwined with the rest of the novel. I was waiting in anticipation to see what would happen.
The games themselves, were not as I was expecting and cannot be compared to The Hunger Games. This book certainly stands-alone, as Celaena, or Lady Lillian, fights for her freedom in a series of Tests leading up to a deadly Duel. It makes you wonder how far the King will go to see blood-spilled on his Glass floor?
What I will say, is some scenes had gory detail that even I found off-putting. I feel this is not a read for anyone younger than 13-14 years-old, as well as there being some bad language.
From the feisty female protagonist to the descriptions you will be in awe of, Throne of Glass is one of the best Fantasy reads you will come across. It will capture you from the very first sentence and will keep your attention until the very end. With a fast-paced, heart-jarring plot, you'll be shocked you waited this long to pick it up. Words can't describe. A brand new series I'm excited to continue.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy.