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Review, Young Adult / May 8, 2015
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date: May 2015
432 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

This book was everything I’ve been waiting for from Sarah J. Maas. I’m a fan of the Throne of Glass series, but this made me light-headed, blurt ‘you have to read this’ to everyone I know, and deliciously excited for the sequel. And that’s only a small glimpse of what A Court of Thorns and Roses has done to me. I loved it. Hands down, the BEST new adult book I’ve ever read and my favourite of Maas’ work (to date—I fully expect to be blown away by the next two books in this trilogy).

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / July 9, 2014
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date: August 2013
418 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Fantasy
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Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.

Crown of Midnight was an epic read in all respects. What I loved about the first book was all here and MORE. There was more world building, more character development, more magic, more surprises, and just generally more awesome. For a high fantasy lover like me, this wasn’t the fantasy-light of Throne of Glass and I loved it for that.

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By: Daphne
Review, Young Adult / September 18, 2012
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date: August 2012
404 pages
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Fantasy
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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.

Once in a while you discover a new fantasy world that blows you away with its great characters and killer dialogue. Throne of Glass, the debut novel from Sarah J. Maas has that and more in spades and I was utterly engrossed by heroine Celaena Sardothien’s journey, as she weaved seamlessly through a world filled with swordfights and magic and beautiful ball gowns.

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By: Daphne