Published by Bloomsbury on August 2, 2012
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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Throne of Glass has been on my radar for some time but I never really knew what it was about and was so busy with other series I never really got around to reading it. Walking through Indigo a few weeks ago I saw the paperback and finally decided to read the synopsis and see what this book is about. I was really intrigued about a female assassin competing for her freedom. I picked up the book and once I started I could not put it down. Throne of Glass is one of those books that you will stay up all night to finish.
The story built slowly and let you get to know all the characters and their complexities. Celaena Sardothien is such an interesting character. She is the best assassin in Ardalan, she is cocky, smart, girly, vain, funny and scrappy. She went through horrible tragedy but let it make her stronger, she survived a year in the slave mines most only last a month in. I enjoyed all the different facets of personality and getting to learn more about her. You see a lot of character development for her through out book as she learns to trust people and finds herself making friends.
The romance was low key but interesting. Celaena is tugged between Captain Chaol Westfall and Crown Prince Dorian. At first she is attracted to Dorian for his looks but quickly sees what a good heart he has. Chaol grows on her over time as they learn to trust one another and he slowly begins to see her as more than just an assassin. I was really torn by the end of Throne of Glass over who she should pursue. I am looking forward to learning more about Chaol and Dorian and their past. They are best friends and I would like to see more scenes with them together. Hopefully competing over Celaena will not hurt their friendship.
There was a lot of hints to Celaena’s past and by the time I finished I was desperate to read the next book to see where her adventures take her. The story built slowly but the plot was well paced and kept me hanging on until the end. I cannot wait to start the next book Crown of Midnight and would highly recommend picking up Throne of Glass.
I give Throne of Glass 5 stars!
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Reading Challenge