Throne of Glass is a YA fantasy novel published by Bloomsbury Children's Books and scheduled for an August release.
Assassin Celaena Sardothien is serving her sentence of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier, when she is chosen by the Crown Prince to act as his champion in a competition to become the King's Assassin. If she wins the competition and serves four years as the Royal Assassin, she will be granted her freedom.
Despite her hatred of the king, Celaena agrees. Her choice is literally between the prospect of a slow death in Endovier or using her extraordinary skills in the hope of gaining her eventual freedom.
She is cleaned up, dressed, and escorted to the Glass Castle under heavy guard. The few who know who she is are justifiably afraid of her and every precaution is taken to keep Celaena from using her trade to escape.
Then, one by one, several of the competitors are savagely murdered. What must Celaena do to stay alive, win the competition, and gain her freedom? And is magic, outlawed throughout the kingdom, somehow involved in the murders?
I have to admit that I fell readily into this fantasy and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Assassin, the Crown Prince, and Captain Westfall are very well done, and Maas does a good job with their complex relationships. It is a YA novel, and I could nitpick a little, but I won't because the problems really didn't interfere at all with my enjoyment. Throne of Glass is a fun read with plenty of excitement, and evidently, the first in a trilogy. I look forward to the next one!
A Net Galley title, read on my Kindle.
Fiction. Fantasy/YA. August 2012. 416 pages.