Throne of Glass

Author  Sarah J. Maas
Series  Throne of Glass
Date Released  2 August 2012
Rating ★★★★☆

Falling back to another favorite – Throne of Glass by the amazing Sarah J. Maas. Many people, it seems, have read either A Court of Thorns and Roses or Throne of Glass, and in my opinion, both deserve to be thoroughly enjoyed. Side note: I’ll be posting every other day for now.

Quick intro: Celaena Sardothien, formerly the most well-known (but not seen) assassin in the empire of Adarlan, has spent the last year as a slave in the salt mines of Endovier, where most survive only months, as punishment for her crimes. The Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, retrieves Celaena from the mines to be Prince Dorian’s champion in a bloody competition to become the King’s Champion (the fighter that does the dirty work for the kingdom’s leader). While she spends time in the palace, under an assumed name (no one knows a teenage girl was the country’s most feared assassin), she investigates the origins of mutilated bodies found in the castle.

Celaena was born in Terrasen, but about a decade ago, the king of Adarlan invaded Terrasen, burned its legendary libraries, killed its royal family, and enslaved many of the common people. Celaena must fight for her freedom from Endovier but winning also means serving the king who broke her homeland.

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Carry On

Author  Rainbow Rowell
Date Released  6 October 2015
Rating ★★★★★

Another re-read! Haven’t had much time to search for any new books. Any suggestions?

Quick intro: **This story was inspired by another of Rowell’s books, Fangirl, in which the main character, Cath, writes an extremely popular fanfiction about Simon Snow and Baz Pitch, apparent archnemeses.** Simon Snow, orphan, is the most powerful mage/sorcerer dude in the world and arrives in the magical world just as a powerful evil being they call the Insidius Humdrum begins creating spots around the country where magic is absent. Simon goes to a magic boarding school during the school year and his roommate is suspected vampire Baz Grimm-Pitch, the son of the magical boarding school’s previous headmistress, who was killed in a vampire attack on the school when Baz was little and shows up as a ghost to Simon at some point in the book. Baz and Simon hate each other’s guts (Simon thinks Baz is trying to steal his girlfriend and thinks he’s a monster/vampire (vampires aren’t allowed at the school), Baz thinks Simon is an idiot (he kind of is)), but they have to work together to find out what’s going on with Baz’s mom and what’s up with the Insidius Humdrum. Simon really can’t control his magic, like, at all, so it just kind of explodes in huge powerful bursts sometimes. As Baz and Simon work together, they realize some things about their relationship.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.”

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Song of the Lioness

Author  Tamora Pierce
Books in the Series
  1. Alanna: The First Adventure
  2. In the Hand of the Goddess
  3. The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
  4. Lioness Rampant
Date Released  1983-1988
Rating ★★★★★
This is another favorite of mine, just to start out my blog. My name is Alena, so, on my middle school library’s bookshelves, Alanna popped out. I picked it up, and the character on the front cover had red hair, like me, and she wanted to become a knight, which seemed pretty awesome and interesting to read. I never really put the series back down again, checking it out continually, over and over again, until I graduated middle school (and then I had younger sister check them out for me over the summer so I could enjoy the cover art for a few more months…see edition below). It was the first series I ever read that I was actually truly invested in and introduced me to Tamora Pierce’s work. I’ll be reviewing this series in one post because I read them all pretty much as one book.
Quick intro: At age eleven, Alanna of Trebond and her twin brother Thom are supposed to go learn to be a lady at a convent and a knight at the capital city (Corus), respectively, but neither has any interest in the path their distracted father has chosen for them, so they switch places (Alanna disguises herself as a boy to become a page and Thom goes to the convent, still as a boy, to learn to be a sorcerer).  Alanna struggles through her time as a page and then a squire, making friends with the prince of the realm, Prince Jonathan, and his comrades, as well as the King of Thieves of Corus, George Cooper. Alanna plans to reveal her true identity after she has earned her shield as a knight, but a few people close to her figure it out early (it’s fine. they like her). She becomes an extremely good swordsman and fighter and learns to control her strong magical Gift. Thom, her twin, becomes the youngest master sorcerer, like, ever. After she becomes a knight, she battles an evil sorcerer, who messes with her life and the lives of the people around her. She goes on adventures in the desert, teaches children how to fight and do magic, learns from a master of hand-to-hand fighting, fights her own heart as feelings develop (she never wanted  to fall in love, just become a hero), and makes a place for herself in a changing world (she causes most of the change herself), becoming a legend across the realms.

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