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 kings 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.
Since I’ve read the four Throne of Glass novellas, I’ve been wanting to read this book. I bought it on the day it was released but things kept getting in my way that it was until now that I finally had the chance to sit down and devour it.
Did I love this book? YES!!!
I like the young Celaena in the novellas but here, in this full-length novel, I absolutely adore her! I like that she has an untamed side. I like that she doesn’t care much about her mannerism. She was so cute when she stuffed herself with candies before breakfast, and I laughed and almost fell from my chair when I read about how she bared her teeth and showed off her red candy stains!
Perhaps I was really excited to devour the book, my brain went hyperactive the whole time while I was reading it. I made speculation here and there and when I guessed something correctly, I rewarded myself with a piece of Shreddies. My reading space was kinda a mess (because of the Shreddies crumbs) when I finished the book but I felt immensely satisfied. I even made a word doc file afterwards and put down all the things that I’m speculating for its sequels! Did I say my brain went hyperactive?
I guess because I’ve read the four novellas, I felt really connected with Celaena when she had her nostalgic moments. The scene about her playing the pianoforte was so beautifully-written that I read and re-read it a few times before I could take a deep breath and move on! I don’t know why, but I just like Celaena a lot. And maybe because of how much I adore her, I just want her to receive the best of all that she wants. Is it possible to make Celaena the rightful recipient of all the goodness that still exists in the kingdom? I surely hope so, but at the same time, I know the story would become quite dull if Celaena could always have everything handed to her.
Because Celaena is my favorite kick-ass heroine, Throne of Glass would be a book that I’ll be re-reading and re-reading. And I’ll definitely be pre-ordering its sequels. I just wish I could read book two soon as I really want to find out what evil game the King of Adarlan is playing. At the meantime, I guess what I’ll do is flip back to my favorite scene (the one with the pianoforte), sit back and enjoy it.