on August 7, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Format: Hardcover, Special Edition
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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 four 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 is the story of Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s greatest assassin, and how she rises up from the hell she was condemned to. Celaena was betrayed and wound up in the slave labour prison, Endovier, for a year. One day the prince of Adarlan, Dorian Havilliard, shows up to offer Celaena a deal she can’t refuse, the chance to free herself. She just needs to survive a competition to be the King’s personal champion. Prince Dorian’s friend, Captain Chaol Westfall, takes on the task of training Celaena to get her back in shape for the competition. Both men are in for a surprise as Celaena is not the hardened criminal they believed her to be. They both find themselves falling for the tenacious assassin. Meanwhile, Celeana befriends the visiting Princess Nehemia who has her own mysterious secrets and starts to teach Celaena how to be a better woman.
Celeana is fantastic heroine and I found myself rooting for her from page one. She has a huge heart and has not lost her sense of wonder, despite all the tragedies that have befallen her. It was not her choice to become an assassin, but she has chosen her own code of conduct that she will not break. She is a strong multi-dimensional character and shows how much light and darkness can exist within one person. She is also just a teenage girl who loves books, sweets, fine clothes and wants to have a normal life. She keeps surviving against all odds and I found her tenacity and will to live inspiring.
Celaena is very charismatic and very quickly wins over Dorian. Chaol tries to resist her charms as he does not trust an assassin but finds himself admiring Celaena despite his initial fears. Dorian has an interesting story arc in Throne of Glass. He starts off the book as a flighty and slightly selfish Prince who just wants to piss of his Father. After meeting Celaena he starts to realize how much suffering his Father has caused and that he needs to stand up for those he loves and the people with no power. I am excited to see how he grows throughout this series and hopefully learns to fight back against the injustices happening in his world. Chaol is very loyal to Dorian and the crown and it some ways that loyalty blinds him to what is happening in his kingdom. Getting to know Celaena starts to open his eyes to the fact that everything is not so black and white and makes him questions his loyalties. One of my favourite characters in Throne of Glass, besides Celaena, was Princess Nehemia. For someone so young, she has a strong conviction in her beliefs and will do whatever it takes to save her people. She challenges Celaena and wants her to see there is another way. I can’t wait to read more of her story in Crown of Midnight.
Overall I found the story was well paced and even though this is a reread for me I can’t wait to start The Assasin’s Blade (Book 0.5) and Crown of Midnight (Book 2). There is a much bigger evil lurking in the shadows of this book and I look forward to revisiting this world and the battles to come. I give Throne of Glass five stars!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 Reading Challenge