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.
One thing that really got me while reading was the intake of the fey in this book. I don’t know if I’m the only one, but when I started reading and before I even started reading, I did not know there were going to be anything regarding faeries and feylike beings or anything magical and such. It wasn’t a drawback as much as it was strange.
Final Summation: World-building, anticipation and action that leaves you wanting more, Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass took me by storm. One of my favorite novels of the summer and the year. I’m hoping that there won’t be overpowering love triangles or there will be some deaths by Celaena’s hands because I would love to see her assassin killing skills in action in the next installment.
First Line: After a year of slaver in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.