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
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.
Throne of Glass
Rating: 5 Stars
It took me a while to get into this story. Celaena the main character wasn’t easy to warm too, I was very conflicted about her and it took me to have read 40% of the book before I fell in love with the person she was.
Her story is so sad the more you get to know her and for nineteen years old, she has seen far more than anyone her age should have seen. Her freedom has never existed she has always been controlled by someone, but now an opportunity arises being the Kings champion for four years and then she gets her freedom. But she must win the contest first before she can be crowned the winner.
Her journey while training in the castle to compete is chaos emotionally and physically for Celaena, as the most deadly assassin in the world she’s never trusted. At times she is a frightened young girl who never had family or friends and who craves for freedom, but she hides the little girl inside herself and sarcasm and anger cover it up along with an amazing amount of self-confidence that isn’t completely real. As Chaol the Kings guard and Dorian the Crown prince get close to Celeana they see glimpses of what lies under her façade and soon a friendship with Chaol, and something more with Dorian blossoms only to come with dire consequences, and as the bodies of the competitors pile up and Celeana meets Elena, a goddess from another world her purpose to win and become the kings Champion doubles. It’s not just her freedom that’s at stake but the people of her world who will suffer if she doesn’t banish the darkness that lurks in the castle.
Chaol was my favourite he reminds me of Valek in poison study, and I want Celeana to pick him. Dorrian is sweet but he’s in fear of his father the King, and he just isn’t man enough. But Choal O god, I loved him he’s cold, moody, and hard yet in the smallest gestures he does for Celeana he makes my heart flutter. He’s as tortured as she is, and I just loved him. I can’t wait to read the second book and see if my wish will come true and Celeana picks him or even kisses him.
Overall this book was outstanding if you like Poison study by Maria V Snyder then this is the one for you.