Throne of Glass
(#1 Throne Of Glass)
By Sarah J. Maas
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 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.
Celaena Sardothien is an amusing yet alluring character. Through most of the novel she remains an enigma to us. She is witty and abrasive, fond of the talk now think later approach. She’s wickedly talented and she knows it. Confident about her abilities to the point of being arrogant. She’s a highly skilled assassin and never seems to regret her kills. Actually she’s fantasized of beheading most of the secondary characters.
Another thing that is highly enjoyable were the secondary characters. Both love interests are well developed and multilayered. Completely different in personality and mannerisms. One carefree, indulgent and warming up to her quickly. The other sometimes distant, wary but all the same completely enamoured with her.
The kingdom monarchy is filled with backstabbing manipulating nobles. Each more vile than the next. The king is corrupt and rules with a system of repression and terror. He’s a great villain. On top of all of this there is also a magical aspect that is quite prominent, even though it’s an illegal practice.
Needles to say I will be hungrily reading the sequel.
This novel was an interesting novel and had a good plot but an overload on the fiction side of the story. It was too fictional it seemed as though all the problems and plot twist were todo with fairy’s and mystical creatures. When read books I enjoy knowing who the exact enemy is and what they doing to cause a problem which is why i didn’t enjoy the parts about the mystical world. I liked her relationship with the Prince but I didn’t understand her relationship with Chaol. I wanted them to be more than friends but nothing ever happened so at the end of the book I was left confused. I thought the novel as told very well and we were given background information on the charcters and on Celaena.
I loved Celaena as a character, she was a strong female character who was cool and collected and one hell of an assassin. She was the best of the best, no one stood in her way. I too enjoyed seeing how different people reacted too her, some avoided her like the plague and others were intrigued by her. She is one of my favorite female characters, but I think that the story would be greatly improved had there been no mystical plot but a threat on the royals or somethingg along those lines.
Overall I would greatly recommend this novel for those who like strong lead, badass female characters and enjoy a mystical themed plot.