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.
5 OF 5 SWORDS
A HUGE THANK YOU TO BlOOMSBURY PUBLISHING AND NETGALLEY for allowing me to be a part of this tour and allowing me to read and review Throne of Glass. Can I just say that there really are no words to describe what I fell about this story. I LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!! Man when I was reading it I could not put it down. It is one of those stories that stays with you long after you have finished reading it. The world that Sarah has created is one that will live on in the readers mind forever. So enough gushing about it let me review it to the best of my abilities!
Celaena is an 18 year old assassin who gets caught and sent to the prison Endovier where she stays for a year in the salt mines. As she is serving her time she is unaware that the Prince Dorian and The Captain of the Guards Westfall are about to offer her a way out of prison. It is something she wants but with freedom comes a price and the price she will have to pay is large. She is offered a chance at freedom if she agrees to participate in a competition where 23 other competitors will be tested and fight to end to be the last one standing to win the best prize of all status and freedom and they get to work for the king.
Celaena agrees to be a competitor so she gain her freedom. She will have to train and take tests. If she wins she will work for the king for 3 years and then gain her freedom. The last part of the competition is grueling because she has to test and compete for 13 weeks and be one of the last five standing to fight it out to the death.There are of course some incentives to win because if you are the last one you go back to Endovier and if you try to escape you are killed. Celaena wants her freedom so she will do whatever it takes to win but what happens when the contestants are being murdered? Celaena will have to try and stay alive to reach the end. What will she do? What will the Prince do? What will Captain Westfall do?
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Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.
Her debut YA epic fantasy novel, THRONE OF GLASS, will be published by Bloomsbury on August 7th, 2012.
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