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.
What a book to start off the year with! Throne of Glass was an absolute page turner! An epic fantasy romance with the perfect blend of magic, romance and action.
Celaena is an 18 year old assassin serving time in the Salt Mines of Endovier, where she must undergo the toughest conditions in order to survive. When she is given a chance of freedom she must take it… She is lead into a world of royals and socialites, as she stays in the palace of the King of Adarlan. One moment she is being dressed by her lady-in-waiting, Philippa (or should I say fairygodmother) to attend royal gatherings. In the next moment Celaena is competing in physical tests, scaling walls and the like to win the place of the King’s assassin, where she would be expected to kill on command. There is an element of a Cinderella retelling here, as assassin turned slave is introduced to a world of pretty dresses and royal balls.
In normal circumstances I wouldn’t state that an assassin is a likeable character, however, Celaena is. Her character learns about life, friendship, magical realms, love and trust in herself and others. I especially loved her appreciation for books in a world where many have been destroyed. She often retreats to the library where she finds answers to questions of magic and enjoys various literature. ‘Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most powerful and dangerous of all weapons.’ This quote made me love Throne of Glass even more!
The male characters surrounding Celaena are just a bit dreamy. Prince Dorian has different views to his father and he is intrigued by Celaena’s spark and intelligence, as they share their love of books. Nox, a thief and ally is the only competitor who will give Celaena the respect she deserves as a competitor. Captain Westfall is her guard and challenges her the most, as he trains her to stay balanced rather than flying off the handle when she is provoked and he saves her time and time again. He is Stoic, yet always dependable. Will Celaena’s heart be swayed by any of these men?
This book could easily be made into a movie and I think it would be a hit at the box office. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy. I would also recommend it to anyone willing to step into the fantasy genre.