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.
Date Finished: 9-12-15
Thoughts: Let me begin by saying that I initially didn’t think that I would like this book. I bought it just after Queen of Shadows, book 4 in this series, was released, only because it was on sale on Amazon. Honestly, I don’t think I would have bought it otherwise. Everything about the book seemed to go against all of my interests.
I was quite wrong.
Throne of Glass is a fantasy novel told from the 3rd person point of view, two factors that I initially didn’t like. I’m usually a fan of either contemporaries, paranormal novels, or science fiction told from the more immediate and intimate 1st person POV, but something about Throne of Glass still drew me in. Maybe it was Celaena, our tough, yet instantly likable protagonist. Maybe it was the new world I was thrust into from the first page. Or, as I would like to believe, I’m getting over my apprehension toward fantasy novels. 😉
Anyway, I really liked this book. Even though it’s a different genre, it sort of reads like The Hunger Games, with a strong female protagonist, a subtle love triangle, and plenty of competition and fighting. I also appreciated the character Nehemia, who becomes a great friend and ally to Celaena. All throughout the novel, I was doubting different characters and wondering about motives and magic. The plot was realistic for a fantasy novel, and I liked that Celaena still has a unexplored backstory. I imagine there are things that she doesn’t even know about herself that will be revealed in the sequels.
I would HIGHLY recommend Throne of Glass, (And mostly likely the other books in the series as well) to fans of The Hunger Games, Eon, and honestly to anyone who wants a fun, yet interesting read. Be warned, it took me a while to get through this novel, despite the fact that I tend to read relatively quickly. Don’t worry though. It just means that you’ll enjoy it for longer.
Happy reading, Starlight Readers!