Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's (8.7.2012)
Genres: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 404 pages
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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 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.
Celaena was a great lead. She was kick-ass and strong, yet she was still human enough for me to connect with her. I loved her snarky attitude! There was clear development in her character, too. In the beginning she’s a bit…er, cantankerous at best. She doesn’t seem to care about anyone but herself. There was major change in her as time went by in the castle and she became attached to the people around her. She was much softer (yet still badass).
I am very interested in learning about her background! While I’m pretty sure I know who/what she is based on a couple of things mentioned, I still want the full history of what happened to her. (Maybe in the novellas?? Which I will be reading soon!) I also want to know more about her ‘abilities’ that she mentioned.
Chaol and Dorian. I liked them both, but I must say I’m team Chaol. This is HUGE for me, as I usually don’t pick sides in love triangles because I despise them. But this was a great example of a love triangle that was well written.
Anyway. It’s not that I don’t like Dorian; I do. He was sweet and had a witty sense of humor. But he was almost too sweet – I like a bit of conflict in relationships. Which is why I’m team Chaol. He and Celaena didn’t always get along, and it was a bit love/hate at times. Don’t ask me why, but I have a weakness for those kind of relationships…
The characters were very realistic and convincing. The side characters were just as great as the main ones. I really liked Nehemia and Philippa (and Fleetfoot!); I loathed Kaltain and wanted to knock her teeth out; Cain, Perrington, and the King inspired fear and mistrust (and more loathing). Just like people in real life, the ones in Throne of Glass incited a wide array of emotions. I love it when a book makes me hate the antagonist(s) as much as I love the protag!
The mystery of the killer was a bit predictable; I figured it out fairly early (and was a bit disappointed in Celaena for not figuring it out sooner). But I still enjoyed the journey that she took in finding the truth.
The world was fabulous! I loved the darkness and magic, and the hint at a past involving Fae. The writing was engaging and the imagery vivid. I was able to picture everything in my head as easily as if I was watching a movie. I look forward to reading more of Sarah’s work!
She’d entered a city made entirely of leather and paper. Celaena put a hand against her heart. Escape routes be damned.
“Pick another – something different. Make it interesting, too. Something that will make me sweat, please.”
“You’ll be sweating when I skin you alive and squish your eyeballs beneath my feet,” she muttered.
“And what’s wrong with headstrong girls? Other than the fact that they’re not wooden-headed ninnies who can only open their mouths to give orders and gossip?”
“If you don’t stop feeling and start instructing, I’m going to rip out your eyes and replace them with these billiard balls.”