Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
Summary: In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
Wow. Throne of Glass was awesome! It was the perfect book to reel me back into YA fantasy after finishing Red Queen and it definitely lived up to the hype and deserves to be recommended as often as I see. I loved it.
Celaena was such a great character. She was fierce, scary, and also soft when she needed to be. She paid attention to so many details, but it was obvious that if her emotions were triggered, she could either make mistakes and be defeated or be so completely propelled by rage she was unstoppable. I liked her personality so much. She was fast friends with the princess of Elywe and wasn’t afraid to protect those she cared about. The only person who never saw her fierce opinions was the King and that was because there was something terrifying about him and she wanted him only to see her obey.
I liked Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, immediately. The Crown Prince, Dorian, slowly grew on me. Both men had honor and respected Celaena immensely. I enjoyed their interactions with her and the few passages from their perspective when I got to see how Celaena looked to them. Dorian got the most attention, but something about Chaol made me root for him the entire time. I hate to make it sound like there is a love triangle, but I think that this particular situation is one that even the haters of love triangles will appreciate.
I liked that Throne of Glass didn’t contain one villain. Bad guys were everywhere. Celaena couldn’t trust anyone and it was a good thing she knew it. There were competitors in the competition who were terrible, but there was something about the world in general and the way that the King ruled that made me wonder what else there was to fear. The world is intriguing. While the novel was filled with conflict and resolution, there is still so much left to be resolved and figured out.
I will definitely continue the series and I’m excited to find out what happens next! I highly recommend Throne of Glass. There’s a reason so many people have recommended it to me!