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 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.
I was so excited to read this book. My excitement to read this was about the same levels as they were when I was reading The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer- which I still haven’t finished, now that I mention it. The review for it is here, if any of you wanna check it out, by the way! Throne of Glass is a cross between fantasy, action, and supernatural. Don’t ask me why, cause I don’t know, but I always stay away from that genre. Actually one of the reasons I stay away from the fantasy genre is because in my library they have stickers on the books’ spines so you can tell what genre it is: question marks for mysteries, planets with a spaceship for sci-fi, etc. And the sticker for the fantasy genre is a fucking white unicorn with a flowing white mane and I just can’t take that seriously. I’m going way off topic now. Okay.
Celaena Sardothien, 18 year old assassin has been sent as a slave in a salt mine in the city of Endovier for her crimes. She is known as the Assassin of Adarlan. Nobody knows her true identity, just her name and her title. She’s feared by all across the continent and is irrefutably the best assassin alive. She’s wickedly smart and reading this, you can’t help but to admire this girl within the first few pages of the book. One day she’s dragged away from Endovier and taken to the Prince of Adarlan. He tells her: his father, King of Adarlan is looking for a Champion (Royal speak for assassin) to help him root out opponents within the country. 24 men will sponsor someone who they think will become the King’s Champion. Prince Dorian asked her to become his, and when- if- she wins, she will receive freedom after 4 years of service. But the catch is- there’s going to be a series of Tests to see who would be most fit to become the Champion. Another catch- her identity must be kept secret, and that she would compete under an alias. No one could know the Adarlan’s Assassin was coming to the castle to compete. Dorian knew that her talents and abilities easily outranked whoever the other 23 men sponsored. Celaena agreed, already envisioning her freedom. And so Celeana, Dorian, and his entourage of guards (headed by Head of the Guards Chaol Westfall) made their way to the castle.
Chaol is put with the task of training Celaena since her time at the salt mines had weakened her. Slowly, Dorian and Celaena find a sort of friendship between themselves. Chaol joins in the friendship too, though half-heartedly, since he’s still wary of the fact that she’s the goddamn Adarlan’s Assassin. Then, one day, one of the competing Champions was found dead, brutally murdered. Then another. And another. Celaena’s frightened for her life. What if it’s her next? Which Champion was so desperate to win that they would resort to killing off the competition?
I honestly don’t know how to explain my love for this book. I finished it in two days, and the only reason I broke it up into two days is The Vampire Diaries- but that’s a conversation for another time. I’m reading the second book Crown of Midnight now. No, I don’t waste any time. The fourth book (out of six!!), Queen of Shadows was released September 1st. Yeah, we have a long wait ahead of us, my friends. This book is set, I would say, in a world where nothing as you know it exists. Imagine a Mortal Instruments-esque feel. But not in America, or anywhere you know it. But it does have that whole vibe of mystery and supernatural and magic and action. If you liked The Mortal Instruments, you’ll love this! Although it took me a while to comprehend how everything works in this amazing universe Sarah J. Maas created, it was worth every single second. Celaena will become your new favorite YA heroine. She’s funny, witty, and badass as hell. You’ll love her.
Plus, if you read the book, I need to know: Dorian or Chaol?? I have to say Dorian because, well, just, Dorian. Certain spoilery things happened in Crown of Midnight that are making me very, very angry with the whole shipping thing.
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