Throne of Glass is a breathtaking debut. You can't help but fall head over heels in love with protagonist Celaena. Part of her appeal to readers is the tremendous amount of power she wields so effortlessly. She's an incredibly strong and clever heroine, and action follows her everywhere, but she's not without her vulnerabilities. She has a shrouded past that relentlessly haunts her, and she has the capacity to be very vain and a bit childish at times. However, like Buffy Somers, she is full of power and humor and is charming despite, or perhaps because of, her shortcomings. The plot never lags in between the competition, murders, forging of friendships, making of enemies, romantic interests, and unexpected character twists. Maas does a great job at balancing it all while slowly hinting at Celaena's past, and the romantic tension in the novel is nice and not overdone. There is definitely room for romance and the two male leads will have fans picking sides, but the first book focuses more on Celaena's personal struggles than her love life. This action-packed read with a gutsy heroine in the middle of a highly developed fantasy world is engrossing and exciting—do not miss Throne of Glass!
Cover Comments: I am loving the fierce expression on the girl's face, the blue background, and that dagger! Awesome!
ARC picked up at BEA!