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 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.
Throne of Glass started out a little bit slow, but that time was used to build up the characters and world of the story. Around page 65, the story picks up and flows nicely throughout the rest of the book. While the storyline was a little predictable, there were quite a few enjoyable plot twists thrown in.
The world and character building in this novel is wonderful, right down to the map of Erilea at the front of the book. However, the best part of the novel to me was the dialogue, of which there is plenty. The sarcastic banter between Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian is hilarious and lightens the story a bit.
I was a little disappointed in the discovery of “who dun it,” but I love that the story continued on and gave so much more afterward. Some of the plot was a little predictable, though I may just be irritable at the though of yet another triangle and how Celaena handles it.
I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading the next in the series very soon. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is into Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Series or Chloe Neill’s Devil’s Isle Series.
Overall, I rate Throne of Glass 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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