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.
Kay, I’ll admit that I started reading the series a bit later than I should have – simply because I was pretty torn up due to the mixed reviews I read about it.
Throne of Glass is an epic fantasy series, and it is a pretty good read. There’s drama, suspense, war, and everything that goes into a good fantasy book.
Celaena Sardothien is definitely not the most lovable character – she’s pretty arrogant, insolent, cold, and sometimes downright cruel – and that is one reason why many people don’t like her. As for me, I think she adds a little something to the story. I don’t hate her, but she’s bearable.
On the other hand, my favorite character is obviously Manon Blackbeak. You won’t meet her till around book 3, but she’s so savage!
Moving on to the bad – A really common problem that exists with epic fantasy is that very often it isn’t relatable. As a result, the books start to drag out and become slightly monotone and boring as you read on. It still isn’t the worst book I’ve read, and I’m legitimately looking forward to the release of the final installment next year, but at the same time it isn’t consistently awesome. I’d give it 3.75 stars.