In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Art – Alessandro Taini
I love this illustration of Celaena because it’s clear that she’s deadly and more than willing to kill. The rest of the cover is so dark that I wish it were a bit brighter. I like the title font and the little swirlies around the word ‘of.’
Throne of Glass was a bit of a strange read for me. I was expecting to be blown away, based on all the buzz I’ve seen for this series online. And I just wasn’t all that impressed. I’ve read similar books that I liked better and many aspects of this book merely reminded me of those other books. So, basically, Throne of Glass didn’t really do anything to stand out in my mind, but was still a good read.
- Chaol – The young captain of the Guard is by far the most mysterious character and I found him to be the most interesting as well. While he is good friends with Dorian, Chaol has many immediate responsibilities and the prince just seems to be doing nothing while he waits to become important. The two are an interesting study in contrasts. Chaol is stoic, he doesn’t often voice his thoughts, yet he’s a steady presence in Celaena’s new life. Prince Dorian wears his heart on his sleeve and flits in and out of Celaena’s everyday, leaving her doubting his intentions. Chaol is my pick.
- Celaena – Celaena is a strong character and a deadly assassin, but her flaws are still shown. She’s a young woman who knows countless ways to kill or maim someone and has survived the harshness of the salt mines. On the other hand, Celaena has never had the chance to have someone romantically interested in her or be interested in someone else. She’s thrown by the attention of Prince Dorian and Chaol, and is immediately suspicious of new people. Celaena also tends to jump to conclusions and put herself in danger.
- Nehemia – Nehemia is a princess from a land that the king is currently trying to conquer. Her reasons for being at the castle are vague, and her history is mysterious. She proves to be a good friend to Celaena, who treats her with respect and is interested in learning about her people. Nehemia is smart and somewhat sneaky, loyal and strong.
- love triangle – This is a book about an assassin, so why must there still be a love triangle? Also, why are these guys so willing to trust this girl known as the deadliest assassin around? Does there really have to be a love triangle? Why can’t something else compelling happen between these characters?
- competitors being killed – A major part of the plot revolves around the mysterious deaths of some of the competitors. What bothered me is that no one really seemed to care. Sure, most of the castle’s inhabitants didn’t know about the grisly murders, or the dangerous people competing. The general feeling is that no one’s going to miss a thief or assassin, but some of the chosen champions were soldiers. What’s strange is that none of the remaining champions seem all that concerned that they could be next. I can’t remember Dorian ever saying anything about it, and while Chaol is investigating, all of that takes place off-page.
- lackluster – This book has all the ingredients of a blow-your-mind story. Female assassin, deadly competition, supernatural element, third person narration, two very different young men. But all of these things just didn’t capture my attention in an exciting way. It may have been my high expectations for this book, but I just wasn’t captivated. The supernatural element was what pushed the story, but I found it confusing and less interesting than if Celaena had no mystical force on her side, especially since she saw most of the challenges as jokes and not true tests.
He was kind – unnaturally kind, for someone of his upbringing. He had a heart, she realized, and a conscience. He was different from the others. Timidly, almost clumsily, the assassin strode over to the Crown Prince and kissed him on the cheek. His skin was surprisingly hot, and she wondered if she’d kissed him properly as she pulled away and found his eyes bright and wide.
– pg. 276
Her doorknob clicked and her heart leapt into her throat. Was it time to finally sign her contract with the king? But it wasn’t Dorian or Nehemia, not even a page. The world stopped when Chaol entered instead.
– pg. 391
Acquired: bought (ebook)