Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 7th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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.
Remind me again why I didn’t read this book sooner? Lately it seemed that I was the only one that hadn’t read this book yet. Everybody kept raving about it, and boy did I feel bad for not reading it… So I ordered myself a copy (which I should have done when it first came out!) and can finally talk about the total awesomeness that is Throne of Glass!
When you throw an assassin in a story, that’s bound to have me hooked. So when you throw in Celaena (aka the assassin) as a main character, that’s going to leave me with a book hangover! She was just that awesome! A perfect bled of badass, stubborn and girlish. One moment she’s plotting to kill everyone around her, and the next she’s like a little kid eating one and a half pound of candy in the morning.
If you follow this blog regularly you’ve probably seen me write, again and again, that I love strong and badass female characters. Celaena was all that and more. She just has this sheer determination, wit, and so much strength as a character that it makes me want to pound my fist in the air. She is a quick thinker and her knowledge of all the many ways to kill somebody is quite scary, but also fascinating. She knows who she is, and she doesn’t pretend to be anyone else than herself. While she is an assassin, she’s also surprisingly girlish. That side of her leads to quite some hilarious scenes that had me guffawing. She’s playful, sarcastic and unashamed about really anything she says. Her love for dresses, and unashamed love for candy make her seem almost childish in a way. While she came across a bit arrogant at times, it all just added to her charm. She is, without a doubt, one of my favourite female characters ever!
While the synopsis screams Love Triangle, I have to say that it didn’t quite read like one to me. We have the Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, and the Crown Prince, Dorian Havilliard, both important characters in the story. However, while it didn’t read like a love triangle to me, I can easily see it developing into one. While I have the feeling that I’ve gotten to know Dorian best. He was more open, and flirtatious I might add. Chaol didn’t fail to leave an impression. There were brief glimpses of humour and personality coming from underneath that hard exterior. Both men play an important role in the story, they’re both appealing and I grew to love them more and more as the story progressed. I think this is actually the first time that I don’t have a personal favourite. Both are amazing characters and I look forward to see where this is going.
With such strong characters it is so easy to lose yourself in a story. The world created is so entrancing. Magic and the mentioning of Fae makes me anticipate what’s going to happen next. There are so many things going on besides the primary plot! The depth of this book is amazing! While quite a few things are left unexplained, for instance, Celeana’s past is mostly left unaddressed. Her past is probably going to be a little bit dark and I am anxious to know more about it. I am ,however, positive that these unexplained parts will be addressed in the books to come. Overall this plot was very gripping, it had action, intrigue, mystery, and the right amount of romance.
This was such a good read! I am going to get myself the sequel right away, as well as going to get to the bottom of the e-novella’s I saw available for purchase. This book was every bit as awesome as everyone has been telling me for so long! A truly captivating read, Crown of Midnight here I come.