Series: Throne of Glass #1
Also in this series: Queen of Shadows
Also by this author: Heir of Fire, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows
Published by A&C Black on August 2nd 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Meet Celaena Sardothien.Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?
This is my second time picking up this book. The first time I only managed to make it half way through before I put it down for other books. I guess I went into this book expecting this tough as nails assassin and this cool maybe medieval setting. I do have to say that this book has some of that I was just expecting something a little different the first time. However, I am glad I picked this book back up and started it all over again because the second time provided me with a pretty interesting story.
I have to say the characters are the best thing about this book. I’m really drawn to Celaena because she does have those fierce qualities I was looking for. She knows she is a trained warrior and she knows what her skill level is and she does show off from time to time. I also loved that she was a little hard to relate to and that she had some hard edges and some difficult issues in her past. I enjoyed that she could be smart, witty, funny, and yet tough at the same time. I certainly know that in future books she will be a character who will impress me because she already has a good foundation started thanks to the author.
I know I’m usually not a fan of a love triangle but I have to say in this book it really works. Prince Dorian has his place in the book and I loved his character. I also tend to fall for the guy who is cocky and full of himself and there couldn’t be anyone who fits this better than Dorian. I just loved his banter with Celaena throughout the entire book. I enjoyed their touch and go relationship and their silly ways with each other. I have to say that I have this feeling though that the Captain of the Guard, Chaol will make his stand in the next book because I can see where his place in things is already. I’m not overly fond of him though because he is the nice guy who just stays hidden in the background. As I said I like the guys who stand out more so I’m on the side of Dorian in this book.
Aside from the characters the world is vast and is laid out quite nicely. I do like the element of magic, or should I say lack of magic, but there were also some weird things with this magic. As I said before I was expecting more of a book about a kick ass assassin and while Celaena is one and fits that bill I’m not quite sure what she is going to do with the dark magic that was brought up in the later part of this book. I’m a little confused on where this is going which I have to say is my one gripe about this book. The magic just feels a little out of place to me so far. I hope it will be further explained in the upcoming books.
Overall, this is a good start to a series and I really hope that the next book helps to bring a few loose ends together.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.