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English teacher interested in language and culture, and also in fiction using magic, myth, folklore and the supernatural. Now teaching part-time in a Leicester Upper School (ages 14-19) and also writing for children, teens and teachers.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

A Week of Celebration for Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas is being published by Bloomsbury next month and it's set to be one of the big YA fantasy novels of the year. This novel has been ten years in the making, with earlier stories set in its world published on Fictionpress. As part of the lead-up to the novel's release, three standalone stories from Celaena Sardothien's past have been released, with a fourth due out soon.

Hooked on Books revealed the back cover of this gorgeous book on Friday. It works so well for this novel about an assassin which was originally inspired by the Cinderella story. Here's that back cover copy:

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?

I read Throne of Glass this week and enjoyed it so much I downloaded the novellas immediately upon finishing it, and I've decided to devote next week here at the Hearthfire to this great new series. Starting tomorrow, I'll be reviewing a novella a day, then the novel towards the end of the week. Here's the short version though - this is a great epic fantasy focused on a young female assassin.

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