Fans of The Hunger Games eager for an action-packed escape to a fantasy realm need look no further than the newly released debut novel, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Described by the publisher as “The Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones,” Throne of Glass lives up to the hype with it’s pitch-perfect balance between romance, fantasy, action, and intrigue.
Set in a fantasy world, Throne of Glass follows 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien — who is offered her freedom, if she can defeat a band of murderers, thieves, and other criminals in a competition to become the king’s new assassin. In between training for these sometimes deadly fights, Celaena finds herself befriending a foreign princess, falling for the crown prince, and discovering an unlikely ally in the gruff captain who trains her. All that falls by the wayside, however, when the other contestants start turning up dead — and the dark creature attacking them may be coming from inside the castle itself.
Originally published on FictionPress.com to huge success, it’s easy to see why Maas’s earliest online readers encouraged her to get Throne of Glass published. The novel is a cleverly layered fantasy, with a world that is equally complex yet easy to understand. Richly developed characters make it easy for readers to love (or hate) them with passion, a trait that makes it hard to put the book down.
Perhaps even more importantly, however, Maas has crafted a story that is simply satisfying to read. It’s a book that makes you feel good while reading it, so much so, that it’s easy to overlook any of the novel’s minor flaws.
Living up to the publisher’s original pitch, Throne of Glass is the perfect escape to a fantasy world; an epic tale with all the romance of your favorite fairy tale, the action of The Hunger Games, and the political intrigue of Game of Thrones. It is in stores now.