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Throne of Glass

Times Read: 5+

Excerpt: "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."

My Rambles: This is the first book I got from Sarah J Maas (mom gifted by letting me pick something new when she visited me during college) and I immediately fell in love with her writing. I love these characters who only get better as the series goes on. I love Celaena and how capable she is, how she still has that spark of life in her after all she's been through. She is smart and dangerous and she knows how to utilize all of her for whatever it is she needs done. Dorian and Chaol frustrate me at times, kinda basic boys of their tropes (again they get better and more in depth) but without them being them I don't think the story would have flowed as well.

Recommend: 10/10

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