Review: Throne of Glass

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 
Format: eBook
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Part of a series? Yup! First book in the Throne of Glass series 

Summary: 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 exhilirating. 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.

For the past couple months, people on my Twitter and Tumblr feeds have been buzzing about this series. And I don't mean two or three people, either. I mean hoards of them. Okay, maybe hoards is the wrong word, but there are lots of people who love this series and love talking about it.  Naturally, I was curious to see what all the hype was about, so yesterday I decided to buy it and dedicate my weekend to reading it. It was also only $0.99 for Kindle when I bought it, so it was hard to resist. 

I'm really glad that I gave this book a chance because fantasy isn't usually my thing. I'm more of a contemporary girl, but I ended up absolutely loving this story. It's making me feel all kinds of feels. Mostly Chaol feels though because as much as I like Dorian, and I really do, something about Chaol makes me want to uncover all his mysteries, then proceed to love him and hug him and make sure he's happy for the rest of ever. 

*Disclaimer: This is going to get a bit spoilery.* 

The story was intriguing as well. Even though you can pretty much tell Celaena is going to end up being the King's Champion in the end, it didn't not make me want to finish the book. I still wanted to know how the rest of the plot was going to play out, and that doesn't always happen when you know the story's outcome. I also love how Sarah wrote Dorian and Celaena with an appreciation for books and music because that's something I totally relate to. 

I think the only thing that kept Throne of Glass being a definite five stars for me was Celaena. She grew on me, but I didn't like the way she kept bringing up the fact that she was Adarlan's Assassin in that holier-than-thou way in the beginning. It also bothered me a little bit that she didn't think Cain could be behind the murders because come on, the guy was creepy and suspicious from the beginning. Even I caught on to that. 

Anyway, the bottom line is that I love this book and think it sets a solid foundation for a series. I can't wait to read the rest of it! 

If you're planning on diving into the Throne of Glass world (or if you already have and have no idea how anything is pronounced), here's a handy pronunciation guide from Sarah's website

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