Page Length: 404 pgs
Rating: 5 Stars
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.
Thank you Ginny for recommending this book to me! After reading the synopsis, I was instantly drawn to this book. I love fantasy worlds and this setting was no disappointment. I immensely respect and like the characters. The main character, Celaena is definitely one of my favorite protagonists. She's funny, sarcastic, calculated, gorgeous, smart, and badass. Chaol Westfall is so sweet and kind underneath that severe facade. It was so cute watching him fall for Celaena. Prince Dorian is thoughtful and smart and really caring. You can tell that he wants what's best for his people and is nothing like his father.
There was never a dull moment in this book and I read it all in one sitting because I couldn't stop reading. The plot and storyline is so enticing that you can't help but be drawn in to the book. I enjoyed reading this book in third person because you see many sides to the story. You can see how each character is feeling and see their schemes and thoughts. I also enjoyed the Hunger Games(ish) aspect to the book. The friendship between Dorian and Chaol was great! They bring out the best in each other and they have a tight bond. Throne of Glass contained so much suspense and mystery and action and romance equally balanced and well written. I absolutely love this book, and it is definitely a new favorite of mine.
The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the climax. The climax was a little hard to comprehend because of all the unexplained magic (at the time). The denouement seemed a little rushed.
I highly recommend this book to fantasy readers!