Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Also by this author: A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury
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.
“She was a criminal–a prodigy at killing, a Queen of the Underworld–and yet…yet she was just a girl, sent at seventeen to Endovier.”
Call me strange for having warm and fuzzy feelings towards a book about an assassin but I am in love. The third book in this series, Heir of Fire, released in September and my blog feeds were buzzing about this series. Having held off for as long as I possibly could, and with a little peer pressure from my friend Stephanie @ No BS Book Reviews, I decided that I just had to see what the fuss was about. What have I been waiting for?!? This book has it all: a strong and likeable female assassin, a world full of intrigue, secrets, and a little magic, and the start of what I am assuming is going to be a wicked love triangle. Seriously, this was an amazing experience from start to finish.
“Still the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.”
With writing like that ^ it’s easy to see why this series is so popular. I’m a sucker for pretty writing and the writing in Throne of Glass was gorgeous. I literally highlighted the hell out of my kindle. I tend to limit my reviews to only three quotes and it took me over an hour to pick and choose what ones I would use that would showcase just how awesome it is. Not only was this book entertaining as hell but it packed a punch in the feels department. I went through a whole set of emotions while reading this; fear, anger, sorrow, excitement and a case of the swoons. At this point, I’m not sure if I’m Team Dorian or Team Chaol but I do know for a fact that I’m Team Celaena.
“My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered. “But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no mater what you call me.”
Celaena is the kind of heroine that I love. I think that heroines in fantasy novels have it rough because there is this constant balancing act of being an all out badass but still being able to be vulnerable and feminine. I loved seeing her strength and courage one moment, and then see her causing mischief or being vulnerable the next. It’s impossible not to love her. She is my favorite part of this series so far and I’m so excited to see what happens next. I am refraining from devouring the next two books right away but it’s tough. Throne of Glass is the type of story that you can get lost in and never want to leave.