Sarah J. Mass is the author of the Throne of Glass series, A Court of Thorns and Roses series and most recently the adult series, Crescent City. She wrote the first draft of Throne of Glass when she was just sixteen. This is actually the first book I’ve read of hers but I can’t wait to read more!
Celaena is an eighteen year old assassin who is currently serving a life sentence working and being beaten in the salt mines of Endovier. She is taken away by the Prince to be his champion is a tournament against other assassins, thieves and soldiers. If she wins, she will serve the king as his champion for four years and then be granted freedom. If she loses she will be sent back to Endovier where she will not likely survive another year.
After seeing this series mentioned many times on bookstagram I caved and bought all the books from Book depository. I’m glad I bought a box-set as it means they’re all ready waiting for me and also they’re all the same size!
I had to force myself to not read it all in one go and to savour it. It was so fast paced it was quite hard to do but I managed to make it last for 4 days!
After giving up on Sweet Sorrow where nothing happened in 100 pages it was good to start this book and have the action happening on the very first page. In fact I don’t think there were any slow parts in this book.
As well as having court politics, there is also a fantasy element with monstrous creatures, witches symbols and gateways to other worlds. Everything I like it a book!
One part I especially loved was when Celaena was on her period. For once it was a completely accurate description! Doubling over in agony, feeling sick. Because yes, it does effect the whole body so it was good to have a character have a realistic experience!
This is the first book I’ve read in a while where there has been proper chemistry between the characters. The dialogue between Celaena and Prince Dorian was witty, humorous and flirty, which made you completely believe that they were attracted to each other. For once it was actually important for the plot for them to fall in love, rather than just an added extra,
I loved this book and can’t wait to start the next one in the series, Crown of Midnight! There is a prequel but I don’t know when to read that.
Has anyone else read this series? What did you think of this book?