Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)
Sarah J. Maas
August 7, 2012
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt 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 warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings 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... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her 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 than she could possibly have imagined.
I'm sorry that I missed this story's stint on Fictionpress, because now I'm going to have to wait all the way until August to read it! Gah. How will I survive? But seeing as the author assures all her past readers on her website that the edited version is even better, perhaps that's a good thing.
So initially, this story was meant to be a retelling of Cinderella - only Cinderella is at the ball to kill Prince Charming. Now, it is billed as a high-fantasy adventure with slight ties to the fairytale. Either way, it sounds A M A Z I N G.
Also, I love it when the prince has some competition for the girl's affections. I mean, who always wants the royalty to win?
Unfortunately, seeing as we are nowhere near this book's release date, there is no cover. Ah, well. Soon enough.
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