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 exhilarating. 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.
Throne of Glass was kind of a reluctant read. I’ve had the book on my shelf for the better part of two years and the more I heard about, the more the hype monster set in and I was terrified to even touch it. I have high standards in fantasy novels as it is, it becomes even worse when everything is telling me I need to read it. However Throne of Glass definitely came through and I found myself enjoying it immensely.
Celaena is a young assassin, in fact she’s the best in the land and is stuck in a slave camp because of it. Until Crown Prince Dorian chooses her to become his representative in the trails for the spot of Royal Champion. I loved Celaena. I adored how ruthless and wild her thoughts could be to begin with and how over time she lost her hostility but kept her strength. Celaena has that pure badass thing down, while still maintain enough softness and grace to mingle with nobility when she needs to. Though she’s still a bit rough around the edges at times. Both Celaena and Dorian possess traits of pretty much every character to ever end up on my extensive book boyfriend/girlfriend list. They are both witty, intelligent, and fluent in sarcasm. And their dynamic together is just perfect. Chaol was likable when he wasn’t being Mr. Morality and I appreciated his camaraderie, but I never really felt the chemistry between Celaena and him which was sort of odd because it’s fairly obvious this is a love triangle. Then again it could be because I’m definitely not interested in a relationship between them forming. And I can’t I leave out Nehemia, who is another badass female that I can’t wait to see more of.
I loved the overall plot and how there was magic weaved in it, which I didn’t really expect. I even love that some of the world building and character backgrounds remain mostly a mystery at this point, but I definitely want to know more about the wars & burnings and Celaena’s past in the next book. The writing is excellent
I’m really happy that this one lived up to it’s reputation. I’ll definitely be continuing the series and buying the physical copies.
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