Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on August 7th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 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.
Celaena is one heroine to look out for! Watch out Katniss Everdeen! Here’s a young woman who has trained under the King of the Assassins, who strikes fear in people’s hearts, the most notorious assassin that Adarlan has ever seen. By receiving a pardon from her murderous crimes, the controlling King has asked her to participate in a competition to win her freedom. The Captain of the Guard keeps her in line, while the young handsome Prince Dorian teases her mercilessly, Celaena isn’t just battling for her freedom, she’s battling for her life. When all of a sudden, her competitors are showing up dead in such a gruesome and horrible way, she investigates to find the killer. She isn’t your average heroine, already led a very sinister life. Yet, she has the strength and fire to bring a tyrant down. Her many thoughts of taking a man down and ending his life is quite appalling, but I can just tell she has some anger issues that needs to be simmered down. Her playful banter with Prince Dorian is amusing and her arguments with The Captain are aggressive in a way that’s almost protective.
Can I say I love how she eats so much? Her appetite rivals any man! I’m guessing she wolfs down so much food due to her excessive exercise regimen. By the way did I mention she’s also an assassin? Yup, the eighteen year old young lady is the world’s most notorious assassin. Speaking of “assassin” this was the only smudge of annoyance in the entire book..the amount of the words, “the assassin.” I would have loved it even so, but I just got annoyed every time it appeared. We know she’s an assassin, we don’t have to be reminded every ten or so pages.
Sometimes a book has an amount of buzz that makes people sit up and take notice. That one book that lived up to all its hype has to be Throne of Glass! Why you may ask? Because quite simply put, it’s epic. Here is a book that brings you mystery, adventure, romance, and action all wound up in a pretty package. One of my ultimate favourite reads of 2012 by far.