Publication Date: January 1st 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Source: Purchased at Chapters.ca
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 exhilarating. 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.
I tried reading this back when it first came out, and it just didn’t click for me. I honestly couldn’t tell you why, as reading it this time around, and all the way through, I am completely sold on the Throne of Glass drug that is being passed around. My love of YA High fantasy is strong, with nothing beating The Girl of Fire and Thorns, yet. Throne of Glass made a strong contender and I know that the series is just supposed to get better, which I why I ordered Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire before I had finished the first 🙂
What I loved about Throne of Glass was how epically sassy Celaena was. She kept me on my toes with all of her wit and her self assuredness was refreshing. The writing was much more pretty dresses oriented than I was expecting but the world building was so strong and I can’t wait to see how Maas expands on everything. The map was a favourite as well! I loved how many references she made to places on the continent and the map was very helpful. I was NOT expecting Fae and Faeries to be involved in this story either, but I just know it’s going to lead to something crazy and exciting.
The romance. Oh boy did it bother me a lot. There was none. I felt no connection between Celaena and Dorian, and what I did feel between Celaena and Chaol wasn’t explored at all. I know there will be more obviously in more books but the lack of it didn’t get me invested in the story as much as I wanted to. Dorian was a character that I loved, but didn’t love as a romantic interest. I didn’t get any background to any of the characters and it felt shallow to me. I would have loved to of seen the characters explored a bit more and seen more depth to their personalities.
While it wasn’t the absolute best high fantasy i’ve read, it was a strong start to a series that I have heard phenomenal things about and I am definitely excited to dive head first into it. I want to know so much more about these characters and this world and to see how things unravel from here!
Also, the potential of Chaol is strong. Like Lord Hector of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series strong. Which is very very strong.
Also also, my goodreads status updates are the most i’ve posted in a long time and it was fun to look back on my thoughts while reading!