Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pub Date: August 7th 2012
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
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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 had so many elements I love in stories like these. It had intrigue, and romance, and a girl who can kick lots of butt! I felt this story was a combination of other great books with strong heroines. Poison Study, Graceling, The Hunger Games…Throne of Glass can join those ranks. The world-building was also very interesting, but I am looking forward to learning more about the magic side of things, hopefully in the next book.
I thought Celaena was an interesting character. She was charming and at times a little childish, but I never got annoyed with her, which was good. I found her very endearing and felt like I would indulge her, like a little sister. She was very smart and skilled at being kick-ass in general. I think I am definitely going to be reading the prequel novellas though, to get more familiarized with her backstory as this books jumps in when she’s already spent a year in “prison.”
This book’s love interests (yes, plural!) were a bit confusing to me for a while. I couldn’t really tell where things were going with either of them. But by the end I was totally on board with one certain one. Team Chaol, where you at?! :D On the one hand, Celaena is really physically attracted to Prince Dorian, but he’s kind of like the forbidden fruit, with her being an assassin and possible the King’s Champion next. While she’s really infatuated with him, Dorian believes himself completely in love with her. And then we have Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. There isn’t really anything romantic between them for a while, but I think this pairing has the substance to last if it does happen. There is respect there, and friendship, and definitely some longing. I look forward to see how their relationship blossoms (hopefully) in the next book.
Throne of Glass was an exciting story with mystery, magic, and romance. It’s also the beginning to what I imagine is going to be an even more intense sequel, and I, for one, can’t wait to read it.
(This review was originally posted in 2013 but is now lost somewhere in interspace… sad panda. UPDATE: I found it!! You can see that post HERE.)