Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
"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 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."- summary from Amazon
I have yet to finish the book and I'm working until 3pm today, so don't have the time to put up a proper review until later. I have about 100 pages left (my work schedule's been hectic the past two weeks) but as of now, I absolutely adore this book. Celaena is a great main character and I'm really enjoying reading her journey. I also love that it's done in 3rd person omniscient so that we can read about other characters every so often, like Chaol, Dorian, and Kaltain.
Maas has created a wonderful world here, though I wish I had a copy of the map because that would make things a bit easier. I keep reading about all these different places in this world and no idea where they all are.
If you're a fantasy fan, this is a great debut to check out and I cannot wait to read more of Maas' books. A full review will be posted here once I finish the book, hopefully later tonight.
and here's my interview with Sarah:
Well, I was sixteen (back in 2002), and listening to Disney’s Cinderella soundtrack one night. And when the music that accompanies Cinderella’s escape from the ball played, I found myself thinking that it was way too dark and intense to fit that scene—that it’d be much better-suited for a story in which Cinderella had done something really bad, like steal from the prince. Or, even worse: if she was an assassin who had just tried to assassinate the prince. Thus, Celaena Sardothien was born.
2) Looking at your bio, I see you're a fan of anime. What are some of your favorite shows (my all-time fave is Sailor Moon)? How'd you find anime growing up?
Sailor Moon is my favorite, too! Though I also adored Revolutionary Girl Utena, Gundam Wing, Ronan Warriors, Fushigi Yuugi, Magic Knight Rayearth, and Escaflowne (and many more).
Sailor Moon was basically my gateway drug. (Well, the entire Toonami line up was…wayyy back in the day.) I used to watch it every single afternoon on Toonami. I’d seriously SPRINT home from school in 7th and 8th grade, just so I could make it home in time to watch. (Confession: I also recorded every single episode on VHS).
Once I got hooked on Sailor Moon, and learned about anime and manga and the whole culture/history of anime, it led to discovering other series. This was back before this stuff was widely available both in-person and on the internet, so I often had to wait for my local FYE (are those still in business?) to get a new shipment of anime. Dark, dark times for anime fans. ;)
3) What's your favorite Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor(s)? Or if you don't eat jelly beans, your favorite snack to have while writing?
I love red apple! I ate a POUND of it one time. Yikes.
4) What book(s) are you currently reading, or are about to start?
I have FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS by Diana Peterfreund my nightstand right now (can’t wait to read it), and I’ve been waiting for months and months for Nalini Singh’s next GUILD HUNTER novel (ARCHANGEL’S STORM) to release (less than a month left!!!!)!
FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.