Described as “The Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones,” Sarah J. Maas‘s debut novel Throne of Glass is equally thrilling and satisfying to read. A fantasy novel perfect for teen and adult readers alike, Throne of Glass is a highly entertaining beginning to a new series.
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.
Maas gained a massive online following when she originally published Throne of Glass online at FictionPress.com. Reading Throne of Glass, it’s easy to see why Maas’s online readers encouraged her to get her story published. Maas has built a fantasy world that is complex and layered, while still being easy to follow for readers diving in from reality.
But more importantly, she’s woven a story that is completely satisfying to read. It’s one of those books that just makes me feel good reading it — so much so, that I’m willing and happy to overlook any minor complaints. Her characters are relate-able and engaging and definitely swoon-worthy. And if you think the love triangle has been overdone, think again — because as the reader, even I was torn between the main character’s two potential paramours.
I was lucky enough to meet Sarah at BEA earlier this summer — we were seated next to each other at the Children’s Author Breakfast. I was determined to read Sarah’s book even before I knew what it was about just because she was so darn nice and charming in person! But after I picked up Throne of Glass? I’d have loved every second of reading that book even if Sarah had been the meanest person on the planet. It’s just a bonus that she’s so sweet!
Throne of Glass is the perfect escape to a fantasy world; an epic tale with all the romance of your favorite fairy tale, the action of The Hunger Games, and the political intrigue of Game of Thrones. So yes, that original description? It fits. It totally fits.
Throne of Glass is in stores now.