Sarah J. Maas
Throne Of Glass Series #1
Published by Bloomsbury on August 7, 2012
When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the king´s champion and be released from prison.
Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing she never thought she´d have again: a friend. But something evil dwells in the castle – and it´s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena´s first fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.
My ReviewThrone of Glass is a novel you can read separately. But I advise you if you haven´t read any of those books at all, to read them chronologically.
This way you´ll get the round picture and won´t miss the fun the novellas provide.
Written from the personal narrative style by Celaena, the reader gets thrown right into the scheming, decadent and very bored world of the court in the glass castle of Rifthold – where exactly that king rules, who once destroyed her homeland. After living for years a life in prosperity and the everlasting competition the guild of the Assasins has and being the protégé of Arobynn Hamel, Celaena finally comes home and has to live the life she always thought of as disgusting and ludicrous. And the time in Endovier has left something in her, she´s not willing to give up or to forget.
For me it was really amusing to read her thoughts, to see how she´s acting and to know that most of the time her opposite doesn´t know anything about it. That brought a certain kind of irony and fierceness to light which gave the novel the special something. Sarah J. Maas´ style has a fantastic freshness and the right amount of mystic is there as well.
The opposites between Celaena and Nehemia, the Princess of Eyllwe, are quite fascinating. One is of cool arrogance, has her pride and goes through everything with an irony, sarcasm, and a superficial submission, while the other has a natural born aloofness that together they fit perfectly into the life of the court.
And the scene where Nehemia shows up for the very first time had me laughing out loud. The way how she refers the figure of Kaltain in its place: priceless!
Between Celaena and Nehemia begins a friendship, which will be put to the test at some point during the story.
Cover of the German hardcover edition
Sarah J. Maas grew up in Manhattan and already with the first design to Throne of Glass she caused a sensation. With sixteen she published “Queen of Glass” (the title back then) in an online forum for authors and initiated with that one of the earliest online phenomena worldwide. She currently lives with her husband and dog in Pennsylvania.