Published: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Source: Local Library
Synopsis: 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 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.
I didn’t exactly have high or low expectations for this book. It was better than I expected. I like Sarah J. Maas’s writing style as well as most of the cast of characters. Cealaena Sardothien is such an epic female character and different from any other female heroine. Most female characters I read are not very confident in themselves. She was arrogant and sarcastic which some people may find annoying but I thought it was different. She of course has her insecurities but there’s something about that’s different from other female characters I’ve read about.
Her friendship with Princess Nehemia was a really genuine friendship at the end. I mean how cool does notorious assassin with her the rebel princess as her best friend sound. They got along really well but I was glad Celaena was suspicious about her. That’s what improves their friendship and now they trust each other since Nehemia knows her real identity and is not working for Cain. When I met Chaol he kind of reminded me of Four from Divergent. I would say I liked the bond he had with Celaena. She didn’t like him in the beginning and he didn’t trust her. Basically their relationship changed to scowling escort and and snarky assassin to a friendship.
I did not like Prince Dorian. He’s charming and a flirt like any other prince. This is understandable because he is a prince after all. He wasn’t selfish and cruel like his father and had a big heart. I hated his so called romantic relationship with Celaena. Their relationship didn’t feel real to me at all. The love triangle was also pointless as well. I’ll admit it was less worse than any other love triangle I’ve read before. It wasn’t the main focus of the story which I’m glad about. To be honest, I hate that in love triangles the main character (most of the time a female) has to choose who to end up with. I really do appreciate that Sarah J. Maas didn’t make Celaena confused on who she liked more. It really showed that Celaena did not need a man in her life. Even so I really didn’t think Celaena even liked Dorian in that way. I was glad when she ended things with him and I doubt they’ll ever be together again (hopefully).
The contest was reminded me kind of The Hunger Games when Katniss was training. But it was pretty vague and I wish Sarah J. Maas really elaborated on what exactly they did in those thirteen weeks. Cain was an interesting villain and I wanted to know more about his backstory since we don’t know much about him. I thought that the tests were pretty easy and expected more from it. As for the murderer who killed the contestants, I didn’t think it was going to be Cain since that was predictable. I thought it was Princess Nehemia and it would be a betrayal. I was pretty disappointed when it was Cain. Either way the fight with Celaena and Cain was pretty epic but still predictable. I did find her fear of King Adalan interesting and did show her vulnerability and how she’s scared of the villain but loathes him as well. I absolutely hated the king. He was a your quintessential tyrant.
Besides the romance and how predictable some parts of the plot was, I found this to be entertaining and a bit addicting and am going to be reading the next book as soon as I can. It’s not the greatest book ever and it has its pros and cons.