My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary: 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.
An e-ARC of this book has been provided to me by the publisher.
My Review: I'd read some great reviews before starting this novel, so needless to say, I had pretty high expectations from it and I was definitely not disappointed.. Throne of Glass was action-packed, had awesome characters and an ah-mazing storyline that was beautifully written by Sarah Mass. The whole time I was reading it, I kept holding my breath and wondering what's gonna happen next.
This book would've got an easy 5 star from me had it not been for the fact that all the main characters of the story STRONGLY resembled the ones from Vampire Academy. Don't get me wrong, the stories of these books are vastly different but the female protagonist, Calaena had almost the exact same characteristics of our dear Rose. Celaena's brooding trainer/ Captain of the guards, Westfall was strikingly similar to Dimitri and Prince Dorian was an exact copy of Adrian.
Other than that, I absolutely adored this book. Though there was nothing new in the characters, the story itself was engrossing and flawlessly written. There was mystery, adventure, action, romance, fantasy and a touch of paranormal. Really, what was not to love? :D