Series: Throne of Glass #1
Also in this series: Crown of Midnight
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
Had to get book 2 immediately
Thoughts on Throne of Glass
I picked Throne of Glass up because it was on sale for 99 cents, but then picked up and read The Assassin’s Blade (novella compilation) first because Daphne told me to. And I’m glad I did (Thanks, Daphne!) because I can see where people struggled with Celaena and Throne of Glass without the back story. I would’ve been annoyed without it.
But I found myself intrigued by Celaena. She’s an interesting character with an interesting background. (Ah, interesting. You’re a versatile word.) Bad ass is apt, I think. But she’s also still a young girl, trying to make the best of a bad situation. And I wanted to cheer for her.
I also wanted more information, both about her past and the world, but I’ll give Throne of Glass a pass on this one, since it’s the first book of the series. Also, I reserved book 2 from the library as soon as I finished Throne of Glass, so I should get that information soon. (If I don’t…)
Though there is romance—and a love triangle of sorts—I wasn’t bothered by it. Celaena isn’t a normal girl, and the way she views men and relationships is… dammit, I’m going to say it again… interesting. Does Celaena understand what love is? She knows lust and wanting, but love—that’s the missing ingredient that made watching her budding relationships so fascinating.
Throne of Glass (and The Assassin’s Blade before it) promises a rich and intriguing world, and yes—I want more.