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.
Throne of Glass is my first attempt at reading a Sarah J Maas book and one of the first fantasy books I’ve ever read. I actually listened to this book through audible, and to be honest I think at some point I will go back through and read an actual physical copy of the book. I love being able to listen to the audiobook; however, I know there are somethings I missed along the way. Typically, I don’t re-read books, but I think this one will definitely get a re-read before I move on to Crown of Midnight.
The characters in this book were great. I loved Celaena’s character and the relationships she formed with the various background characters. The love triangle honestly had me flip flopping through out the story to try to decide which guy I liked better. Dorian, I mean hello…Prince. Chaol is a rugged warrior. Ultimately, I decided I was on Chaol’s team. I also really enjoyed Celaena’s friendship with Nehemia. I loved watching their friendship grow and the mutual respect they had for each other. I couldn’t relate to any of the main characters, but I felt like that wasn’t necessary for me. I felt like I was there, and the battle scenes were amazing. There were several times when I found myself paused listening to the action as it unfolded.
For now, I am going to leave this review as is. I am going to pick up a physical copy of this book and Crown of Midnight. Once I get through the re-read of Throne of Glass I will come back and expand on my review.