Throne of Glass (#1) by Sarah J. Maas

throne of glassThrone of Glass follows master assassin Celaena Sardothien, who is captured and forced to work in a labor camp after being betrayed by one of her fellow law-breakers. Her life changes when she is given the chance to win her freedom. All she has to do is win a dangerous competition against other hardened criminals for the position of King’s Champion.

What I enjoyed most about the book is the quick pace, intricate but interesting backstory, and the air of mystery surrounding the characters and events. The characters are engaging and likable and it is easy to be drawn into the story.

Where the book faultered was in its commitment to the Celaena’s role as an assassin. We are frequently told that she has killed many people, that she is known as the greatest living assassin. While it is clear that she is skilled and capable, it is difficult to believe she is truly a ruthless murderer. She risks her life and her chance at freedom to save her fellow competitor, she immediately falls for the son of the man who murdered her parents, she displays a level of childlike wonder that is not likely of someone who has experienced the hardships she has experienced.

Despite this issue, the rest of the story was engaging enough to be enjoyable.


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