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?
First published: 2012
*jumps on bandwagon* YOU GUYS, THIS BOOK.
As you may remember, one of my goals for 2015 is to read more books outside of my comfort zone. The first book in this category was Cinder, which I loved, and Throne of Glass was the second book on my list for this particular resolution.
So far, this whole “reading outside of my comfort zone” things is working out quite good. Because I’m pretty sure Throne of Glass has made the list of my favourite books (nothing will ever pass Harry Potter and Wuthering Heights, though, let’s be clear about that). I’m very late to the party with this review, but I don’t care. I have to flail and fangirl about this novel, so prepare for incoherent gushing.
First of all, the world building is amazing. There’s a map in the front of the book and I kept going back to it to find out what place within Erilea Celaena (or someone else) was mentioning exactly. It’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into this world, and it has such a rich history already as well. I loved that. It made it feel very real instead of simply a couple of details that were made up to conveniently fit the plot of the story.
There is so much going on within this story, and while the blurb makes it seem as if the tournament is the most important thing going on, it didn’t feel like that at all. I, personally, was much more interested in all of the other things that were happening in the castle, like the evil magic stuff (I love evil magic stuff).
All of the different perspectives really added to that. Most of the story is told through the eyes of Celaena, but some bits are also told from the point of view of Dorian, the crown prince, or Chaol, the captain of the guard. They were really interesting characters as well. Dorian comes across as the spoiled, arrogant prince at first, but it turns out he is much more than that. He’s a very well-rounded character, as is Chaol, who is very mysterious! I do hope to get to know Chaol a bit better throughout the series, because it feels as if there’s much more to know about him.
And then, of course, there’s Celaena, who is simply awesome. She’s Adarlan’s Assassin, the most feared assassin in the country, although nobody knows that Adarlan’s Assassin is an eighteen-year-old girl. It’s so much fun to see her go from “I want to rip his throat out with my bare hands” to having this adorable crush on a boy or being passionate about a book she was reading or the food she was eating.
What I also thought was amazing is that the book mentioned Celaena having her period. *gasp* I know, how scandalous, right? Wrong. Of course she has her period, that’s literally the way of life and it’s kind of ridiculous that this is such a taboo, both in literature and in real life (although that’s a whole different discussion altogether). I think this is one of the first books I’ve read that actually mentions this, and in more detail than simply “she was on her period”, and I loved it for that.
I could gush for quite a while longer about Throne of Glass, but I’m going to leave it at this. I now finally understand why the entire blogosphere is in love with this book, and I cannot wait to read the rest of the books in the series (although I will first have to get my hands on them).