GENRE & SYNOPSIS
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 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.
RATING & REVIEW
I have been so scared of starting this series, mostly because of the hype. A lot of people say that Throne of Glass is better than ACOTAR, which I’m not really sure about yet, but I was surprised to say the least. I went into this book thinking that I didn’t want the hype to influence my opinion. I was terrified that I wouldn’t like it, because Maas has become my absolute auto-buy author.
I seriously loved this book. Caelena is the ultimate fierce female heroine, and I loved her throughout this book. I loved how it started right into an action scene in Endovier, where we got little to no information about what was really happening – and I loved how we got new information about Caelena throughout those first chapters. We really got to know her already there, and it made me curious of how this was going to evolve.
Of course the premise is so interesting, Celeana is to enter a competition that can be deadly, and it gives her a way out. Anyone would have taken the chance. I liked the mystery around Chaol and Dorian. I loved the tension between Celeana and Cain, or the friendship between her and some of the champions. And I really LOVED how Maas made her both feminine and badass and not just one of them.
I have already begun Crown of Midnight, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the books! I absolutely recommend this if you like badass heroines who are both feminine and cool and who totally deserve all the respect she has.
- When Celeana was totally sassy to Dorian and Chaol
- When Celeana was totally badass and showed those jerks how amazing she was.
- WHEN MAAS FINALLY WROTE ABOUT MENSTRUATION AND I WAS LIKE YASSS
- When Elena totally said “You could rattle the stars” to Celeana and I cried.