From goodreads: 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 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.
“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”
Celaena is the heroine you will fall in love with because she’s brilliant and amazing for many different reasons. SHE.MAKES.THIS.SERIES. Celaena is a notorious assassin and she’s proud of her reputation. Oddly enough, her arrogance is beguiling (never thought that would be possible) and she’s a fierce competitor among the men (I love that). She’s the complete package and how can every man NOT fall in love with her?? Seriously, what’s not to love?
“Celaena, he breathed, his voice laced with pain–and hope. This was all she had left–his outstretched hand, and the promise of hope, of something better waiting on the other side of the line.”
There’s a love triangle of sorts but it’s not an in-your-face type deal. It’s there but it’s subtle and it’s not the focal point of the book. Some may or may not like that and considering I enjoy romance with top billing, in this case I was totally okay with it being the sub-plot because it worked and worked well.
“I hate women like that. They’re so desperate for the attention of men that they’d willingly betray and harm members of their own sex. And we claim men cannot think with their brains! At least men are direct about it.”
Enter Dorian (Crown Prince) and Chaol (Captain of the Guard), both are men that become entangled with the fierce assassin but what they come to realize is that she might not be quite like they had imagined. Chaol was my favorite because he was a bit hard to read and didn’t fall for Celaena immediately. Actually, he was annoyed with her the majority of the time but as the story progresses, an unlikely friendship is forged.
“What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgements?”
Mystery, intrigue, action, oh my!!! This book had it all but I had so many questions when I read Throne of Glass and what might be helpful is if you read the novellas first. The novellas are equally as fantastic, it helped me understand Celaena much better and how she came to be (wait until you meet Sam ♥ but don’t forget about Chaol). I still have nagging questions but I’m hoping I will get more answers as I continue the series.
Suggested Reading Order:
- The Assassin’s Blade (#0.1-0.5)
- Throne of Glass (#1)
- Crown of Midnight ( #2)
- Heir of Fire (#3): coming September 2, 2014 *grabby hands*