Growing up, my favourite books as a teenager were books about fantasy, adventure and worlds far separated from our own. These books still hold a special place on my bookshelf.
As I grew older I tried to find books along the same lines but more grown up. Until I read Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas I was yet to find that book or books.
Although listed as 'young adult fiction' the first in the Throne Of Glass series was exactly what I have been looking for.
Throne Of Glass tells the story of Celaena Sardothien, a young woman who has served a year of hard labour in the salt mines of Endovier when she's dragged before the prince and given a choice. Live, work and most likely die in the mines or earn her freedom as the prince's champion in a competition to find the new royal assassin.
With no real choice Celaena takes up the challenge and learns a lot about the king she hates, the kingdom she can't wait to leave and the captain of the guard who has been given the task of training her.
Throne Of Glass is entertaining, witty, cringeworthy in parts and an easy, entertaining read. Celaena trains and fights but the gore is kept to a minimum and there's nothing much in the book to make you blush.
This book is a great read for anyone who enjoys fantasy books without the long, gorey chapters or the pages and pages of explanation about weapons and so on.
The best part? It's the first in an ongoing series with the fourth book due for release on the 1st of September 2015.
I have so far only read the first book, but can't wait to read the rest and find out what happens to Celaena.