Celaena Sardothien became the world's most notorious assassin before the age of seventeen. For a whole year she has spent her time locked in the Endovier Salt Mines, also known as a death camp for criminals. She was the first to almost escape. Now she was getting her opportunity. If she won a competition to be the King's Champion, she would work for him for four years then gain her freedom.
Celaena is cocky and sarcastic. Maas makes a notorious killer lovable. Though she's an assassin she's like any other human. She loves to read, loves candy, and puppies. Perhaps Calaena was right. Maybe she was fighting a good cause and the government was just corrupt, but Maas leaves this a mystery for the next book in her trilogy. The story may not end with a cliff hanger but the reader is left starving to know Calaena's past. Why did she kill those people? Who is this past lover and what happened to her parents?
Dorian is the Crown Prince and a womanizer at that. He has slept with every woman in Adarlan, the kingdom he resides in. You think this would make him distasteful, but his conversations with Celaena are often humorous and awkward. Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, seems uptight at first, but we know he's like that because of his profession. It's his job to guard Celana so she doesn't kill anyone but also to protect her. Let's just say he starts to care for her later. Then there is Nehemia, a princess from Eyllwe who befriends Celaena. What she doesn't know is who Celeana is. We also don't know for some time what Nehemia's real intention of being there is.
Aside from having likable characters, the plot is intricate and exciting. Celaena's first problem is to win the competition. She's then faced with another when her competitor's start getting killed off. The killings make it seem like it's done by something not so human. Celaena has something to fear: losing the competition. She either gets mysteriously killed like her competitors or if she loses she goes back to the death camp. Either way she is surrounded by death.
If you haven't read Sarah J. Maas's bestselling series then you need to get in the loop. It took Maas a decade to get Throne of Glass from inception to publication. She started out writing Throne of Glass on fictionpress.com, a site for fan fiction and other writing works to be shared on the internet. There she developed thousands of fans who anticipated the release of Throne of Glass. If you would like to check out the book click on the box above. You can also follow Sarah J. Maas on twitter @SJMaas.