Throne of Glass is the first book in it’s series. It is yet another book by Autor Sarah J. Maas, to be exact the first one she has ever published (and that in her teens). We are transported into the Kingdom of Adarlan and meet Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s Assassin. She is freed from a labour camp by the prince, but at a price. She has to compete in a competition against other rapscallions and win it, to gain her freedom. The King is searching for a champion to do his dirty work. Calaena trains together with the Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, and makes friends with the Princess of Eyllwe. Then shortly after her first encounter with the other competitors, some of them die mysteriously. It soon becomes clear that some one in the castle is trying to win by killing the competition with magic, even though magic was banned from the country ages ago.
I read this book a little less than a year ago and it got me hooked. I have read all nine Sarah J. Maas books since then and I can’t wait to read the soon to be released novella. She is ab author who really understands what she is doing and never fails to surprise the audience. Throne of Glass was a perfect introduction to this world and showed off how well it works as a fantasy book. I’m really happy that this series didn’t have the classic love triangle. After a while love triangles get so annoying and often distract from the storyline. Don’t worry, there is still a lot of romance. I preferably don’t like fantasy stories whose plot is just romance. I thought that the resolution to the murders was quite predictable and I wish she would have done a bit more with it.
I would give Throne of Glass a solid 4 out of 5 just based on the fact that other books in this series were without doubt one of the best ones I have ever read.
(As always the names in a fantasy book are a bit weird and hard to pronounce, but the pronunciation of the name Chaol really threw me off.)