Throne of Glass
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.
The moment I read about Celaena, I knew she was going to be fun to read about. She’s beautiful (well…at least she says so), has a sassy attitude and yet she can still be an awesome, badass assassin. I mean, did you look at the cover?
And when it wasn’t her point of view, but Dorian’s or Chaol’s, they would be like: Whoa she’s so this and that and she’s so contradicting. She was just an awesome character.
Celaena isn’t a flawless character either. She is really full of herself like when she felt embarrassed about being called a jewel thief because all the other candidates would laugh at her. She doesn’t take off right after she suffered slavery through the mines. She has those moments when she just want’s to hide under blankets.
The Captain of the Guard, Chaol, who also has to train her (and follow her around so she doesn’t run away or kill anybody) obviously falls in love with her after a few months. And that’s just the classic fictional guy who despises a girl and then falls in love ya’know?
Oh no, Dorian is in love with her too. (ehuehuehuehuehuehue(that’s supposed to be laughing by the way)) So then he turns into that classic fictional guy who is really rich/high of rank and tries to make her fall in love with him.
I hate love triangles so thumbs down there but I just loved all the characters in this book. They were unique and had their own purposes, reasons and personalities. Nobody in this book was bland.
The plot was interesting and well-paced. I was never bored. The author didn’t constantly overuse the idea of training or whatever, she actually added a “subplot” that mattered. It effected what was going to happen. The marks Celaena were interested in were important, not just some random thing that was added. It all fit nicely together.
Also, the writing style was just realistic. Some authors would just throw Celaena out there all badass after spending a year mining ( and only mining) but this author, ehe no. Celaena actually struggles when training. After spending time with only a pickax, she wouldn’t be used to running, throwing knives and swordplay. The characters are real. They were like real people.
I really LOVED this book. I’m afraid of what will happen in the next book (stupid people on social media freaking out), Crown of Midnight, so I wanted to put it off until the third book, Heir of Fire, comes out but apparently in September. I probably won’t wait that long.