Monday, January 13, 2014

[Audio Review]: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: November 5, 2013

I received this audio book from Lisa Ewinert Consulting, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

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 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 exhilarating. 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.

Thoughts: Master assassin Celaena Sardothien has been serving time in the salt mines.  She is rushed in front of the Prince. He offers her freedom with a slight catch. Celaena must agree to take part in a competition to become the royal assassin. If she wins and works as their assassin for 4 years she'll gain her freedom. Something Celaena has never had.

This series wasn't originally on my list to read, but I found the cover very enticing.  It turned out to be such an exciting read. I loved the strong, but vulnerable Celaena. Throne of Glass was a fantasy story you won't want to put down.  Wonderful world building and even more interesting characters. This is action packed story filled will intrigue, murder, friendship and love.

If you enjoyed Kristin Cashore's Graceling Realm or Maria V. Snyder's Study series, you should definitely try Sarah J. Maas. Throne of Glass is narrated by Elizabeth Evans. For me a narrator can make or break an audio book. But I really enjoyed Ms. Evans voice, she became Celaena completely.

Score: 4 Stars

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Throne of Glass:
Throne of Glass
Crown of Midnight
The Assassin's Blade (bind up of novellas)- March 4, 2014
Book #3 Untitled- Fall 2014

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