“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 in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turn 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.”
If you want to see ‘The Hunger Games’ but with assassins this is this book for you. In the book ‘Throne of Glass” you follow Celaena as she competes to become the kings assassin.
Expectations & Predictions
When I first read the description of the book I had a feeling that Celaena was going to be an independent female and a badass assassin. I also predict there to be an epic love triangle between Prince Dorian, Captain Westfall and Celaena. I’ve heard about this book from so many people and heard great things about this book so I expect the book to be good.
In reality this book was better than just good, it was REALLY good. Celaena was a badass assassin and an interesting character. There was a love triangle between Prince Dorian, Captain Westfall and Celaena but the book wasn’t manly focused on the love triangle as it was with the murders going around the castle. Unlike other love triangle books there was no tension between Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall, they were actually really good friends. The reviews were absolutely right about this book.
Celaena: One thing I’ve noticed throughout reading this book is that I would not want to be on Celaena’s bad side. Celaena is an assassin, she’s feisty, clever and likes to push people’s buttons but don’t be fooled she has a major temper that could scare the bravest man alive. When she was captured for her crimes, her punishment was to work in the mines. Her time there was not pleasant she was whipped, starved and forced to work in excruciating heat. It affected her deeply even if she won’t admit it. I liked Celaena she’s fun and interesting to read about.
Prince Dorian: When I first started reading Dorian just seemed like a cocky, overly confident flirt but as the book goes on you see that he really want to know who Celaena is under her cold exterior. He likes mocking her and making jokes with her and just hanging out with her in general. Despite his cocky attitude and care free nature Dorian actually cares about doing right by his kingdom and people. He doesn’t agree with the things his father does, he doesn’t want anybody to get hurt and the things his father did to other kingdoms still haunts him. I thought Dorian was a nice character. He was different from what expected him to be like.
Captain Chaol Westfall: In the beginning Chaol clearly doesn’t like Celaena. Her being an assassin and all, he sees her to be dangerous and a threat to Prince Dorian. He’s silent and mean to her. He trains withe her and makes sure she’s in shape for the upcoming test. As the book goes on Chaol finds himself trusting her even though his years of training goes against it. Chaol gets paranoid about upcoming and stays up worrying. Overall, I liked Chaol. He was sweet when he wasn’t arguing with Celeana or being mean to her and I liked seeing him slowly begin to trust and care about her.
The plot was great. With the murders going around the castle, darkness Celaena’s being warned about and rich snobs trying to steal the attention of the prince there was never a dull moment. Especially towards the end when the duels are going. I’ve never felt so anxious about a book before.
Overall, I rate this book a 5 out of 5. I liked the concept of the assassins and the competition, I thought it was unique and entertaining. The characters were all fun to read about. It was interesting how Celaena faced multiple problems through out the boo that weren’t just about the competition and even though I love any book with romance in it, I liked how the author didn’t only focus on the love triangle between Celaena, Chaol and Dorian. This book is the lucky winner of the rose this month! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.