I often get asked for book recommendations and with out a doubt my first response is always, “have you read the Throne of Glass series yet?” To which I either get an excited response of “OMG Yes!!” Followed by a two hour conversation of how amazing it is, along with a new BFF for life. Or I get the question “no what’s it about?”
The premise of the book starts off with Celaena Sardothien being taken from where she was imprisioned and chosen to be one of the competitors to become the Kingdoms Champion, along with other assassins and thieves, in hopes of securing her freedom in exchange for helping the King of Adarlan. But as you will quickly find out, this is not just a competition against fellow ‘bad guys’ but an unreal story that surrounds the kingdom as well as Celaena herself.
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, Celaena, an assassin, is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
I’ve picked this series as my first to recommend to people looking for a YA fantasy novel, something they haven’t ever read before, and something to keep you on the edge of your seat and awake all hours of the night reading. This is that series!
The series is now into its 5th book, along with a side story called the Assassins Blade that will give you a ton of insight into Celaena Sardothien and really adds to the story in general. Looking back at the first book now it seems like such a different story, and in a good way, because Sarah J. Maas has wielded this intricate story that melts together book by book and leaves you wanting to know more yet surprised but every twist and turn.
So if you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you start today!
Until next time…