Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (Book 1)
Paperback: 406 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s ; 1st edition (August 2nd 2012)
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, 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. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
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.
What I thought: One of the reasons why I was drawn to Sarah J. Maas to begin with was that she had started Throne of Glass at sixteen and wrote numerous different versions before she finally found this one. I totally relate to that as I started my novel at 13 thirteen and have rewritten it countless times since. But back to the story – I have heard that this is a Cinderella retelling (at least in the beginning – if you have finished the series, you will know that is SOOOOOOOOOOOO not the case). However, imagine cinderella as an assassin – yeah, I thought it to be an interesting premise as well. I adore Celaena – she is charismatic, with a huge ego who loves to flirt, and she is a lover of cake and books. This is a woman after my own heart. She is one of the most badass heroines I have read since Alanna from Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness. This is the beginning of a huge series that I am happy to read over and over again!
The Quote: Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.
Why I chose it: How do dictators maintain control? Most of the time through ignorants – they burn books, they close theaters, they do what they can to prevent new ideas from coming in and threatening their control. I found it to be a valid quote when looking back at regimes not only in Ardalan but all over the world.
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.