Saturday, February 16, 2013
Posted by Simay Yildiz with No comments
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloombury USA Children's
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Source: Turkish version received from publisher DEX.
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salr 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 warrios 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... bu tit's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her the 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 then she could possibly have imagined.
Note: My 16-year-old self wrote this review.
You know how when you like a guy you seem to always pick on one another and you go, "Hey, handsome! If you make me mad, I'll cut your head off?" Well, our heroine Celaena actually has the knowledge and ability to do it.
I've always loved powerful female characters, and Celaena is a beautiful example of that. (Although it's pretty damn hard to keep typing her name, which I'm noticing just now) She's not afraid to be herself and say what she thinks, she doesn't let those around her see her weaknesses and, like I said in the beginning, she could off with their heads if she felt like it. In Adarlan, Celaena is known as the queen of assassins, even though nobody really knows what she looks like. However, when she gets caught, she finds herself imprisoned in Endovier.
Her fame doesn't burn down during the time she's in prison, and one day Celaena finds herself in front of Prince Dorian: if she enters a contest like he's asking her to and succeeds, she'll serve the Kingdom for 4 years, and afterwards have her freedom.
I don't have to mention the journey to freedom, to the life you want isn't easy, right? After a while, Celaena is consumed by the stress of the competition and the curiosity and fear of the mysterious deaths. I have to mention that it's not hard for readers to solve these mysteries because while foreshadowing, the author goes too far at times. But, don't let this bring you down because, as always, it's not what you tell it's how you tell it, and the journey to the end is fun and exciting.
Aaaand there's a love triangle, which makes everything even more fun and exciting! It's this kind of a love triangle: my 29-year-old self was cringing, but my 16-year-old self was very, very excited about it. This, for me, shows that Sarah J. Mass is quite crafty at speaking to her core audience. Don't say I didn't warn you; we're definitely going to split into teams for the Throne of Glass series just like we did for Twilight. I'm TEAM CHAOL for now, but we'll see if I sell him for Prince Dorian later ;)
Lastly, here's some eyecandy: this is the Turkish cover of Throne of Glass