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.
Throne of glasses centres around the story of Celaena Sardothien (aka, the badass of badassary) but also shows the point of view of Dorian Havilliard, Chaol Westfall and a few other minor characters. Celaena Sardothien is a highly trained assassin who has been through so much in her 18 years. The story starts off with Celaena in a labor camp in the salt mines of Endovier where she comes face to face with the Captain of the Guard, Choal Westfall and the Crown Prince of Adarlan, Dorian Havilliard. There he gives her two options.
- To become the King’s Champion and be given freedom after 6 years of servitude or
- Remain in Endovier for the rest of her life
Celaena choses option 1, who wouldn’t want the chance of freedom? All you have to do is the King’s dirty work for 6 years hahaha but of course it beats living in the pits of Endovier for the rest of your life! So Celaena goes back with the Prince and the Captain where she lives a double life as Lillian Gordaina and trains to be the King’s Champion. Celaena slowly starts to let her walls down and befriends the Prince and Captain though she knows she will never truly be able to trust them for they are her enemy in this war. Then she meets Nehemia Ytger, a princess of Eyllwe and a secret rebel who will do anything to ensure the safety and happiness of her people. They become quick friends and secrets are soon exposed. But there are dark forces in the castle that Celaena can not comprehend and she will have to work fast if she wants to defeat not only them, but the King of Adarlan himself.
Throne of glass is an amazingly written book with such complex characters. Celaena’s vanity, love of clothes, fashion, boys and sweets does not in any way lessen her ability to slay man in two seconds flat. She is one of my favourite female protagonist’s in YA literature. But seriously, who wouldn’t love a badass female assassin who is fearless warrior. Dorian and Choal both undertake changes and question whether they are on the right side. Although they are both and will probably always be loyal to the King, as Choal will always be loyal to his best friend and Dorian will most likely always side with his father (mostly in fear if you ask me). One of the things I love about this book is yes, it does have a love triangle, but it isn’t the main focus of the book. This book also has some of the best quotes especially as Celanea is a reader as well!
Throne of glass is a story of magic, hardship and courage.
I suggest you read The Assassins Blade which is a prequel to Throne Of Glass and gives you the back story of how Celaena ended up where she did. That is also a great read and I will be doing a review on it latter on.
“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”
“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”
“Second place is a nice title for the first loser.”
“You’re a girl?”
“Surprising, I know. Everyone thinks I’m older.”