Book Club Pick: December 2015
Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series (Book #1)
Country: United States of America
First Published: 2012
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.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament – fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is serving a life sentence in the salt mines of Endovier when she is offered a deal by Choal Westfall, the Captain of the Guard, to represent Dorian Havilliard the Crown Prince of Adarlan in a tournament to the find the King’s champion. If successful after four years of service as the King’s personal assassin she will be granted her freedom.
Celaena begins her training under the watchful eye of the stoic Choal. During the tournament the other competitors begin turning up dead. This provides the fantasy novel with an element of mystery as Celaena works to find the killer before she becomes a victim herself.
There is also an element of romance with a love triangle between Celaena, Dorian and Choal. It was nice that the friendship between Dorian and Choal was not spoiled by this potential love triangle, something which can be tiresome in YA romance novels.
The novel has a strong female protagonist in Celaena, as well as being a skilled assassin Calaena likes dresses, parties and reading. Too often in YA novels a strong female character loses her femininity in favour of other qualities, so it sends a positive message that a young woman can still be feminine and strong.
Maas inspired by the Cinderella story originally published her story online as ‘Queen of Glass’ on FictionPress.com. Her popularity online led to her publishing deal with Bloomsbury.
Source: I purchased a copy of this book.