Release Date: August 7, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: NetGalley
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 kings 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.
This year seems to be the year of the fantasy novels, huh? I can’t complain, because there’s nothing I love more. Throne of Glass was a very anticipated read for me after hearing all the gushing from other bloggers. I’m happy to say it lived up to most of that gushing.
Usually my favorite part of any high fantasy is the world or the magic. But I can say without any hesitation that my favorite part of Throne of Glass was Celaena Sardothien. She was such a refreshing and fascinating character. She had a long back story that I feel like we didn’t even scratch the surface on. Her life has been very difficult but she’s not scarred by that or at least not in any brooding or depressing ways. She’s an assassin and I love that she had no qualms doing what needed to be done. I get a little tired of the characters that have so many morals. Sometimes I just want ruthless, and Celaena was ruthless. She was also fun. I loved her banter with everyone. She was a smart ass that kicked ass. I loved every second of it.
There was honestly less romance than I was expecting but I didn’t mind. I also didn’t mind that there are hints at a love triangle because it works. I loved Dorian and Chaol both, but Dorian might have made me swoon a little more.
Throne of Glass is more character driven than most young adult fantasy novels. I felt like there wasn’t a ton of world building. The world is pretty basic but there’s hints of some more magical aspects for future books.
I didn’t love Throne of Glass quite as much as I was expecting to, but I did really enjoy it. I think it’s a great start to a new series and it has one of the most fun characters I’ve ever read. It’s certainly recommended.