Synopsis: 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.
Thoughts: Throne of Glass was everything I was expecting and more. I absolutely love fantasy and magical older times, especially when they’re done right. Throne of Glass is fighting, magic, and killing done right.
The Crown Prince Dorian along with the royal guard including Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfell, have traveled far and long to find well- know assassin Calaena. The King has decided he needed a personal lackey so to say, and Dorian thought Calaena would be perfect and well worth the trouble, so he retrieves her from a death camp. She’s told if she can win the battle to be his father’s champion she will get her freedom after four years. Having no other choice, she agrees. She soon finds herself training with the rough yet handsome Chaol – Captain of the Guard and the other champions who are mostly brutes and bad guys. It’s not any thing close to easy, but she knows she must win. But when the Crown Prince starts to show interest in her and champions start turning up brutally murdered, Calaena finds herself worrying about way more than just the competition.
Holy moly on toast! This book! Sarah outdid herself… I honestly couldn’t put it down. This is one of those books that I sacrificed my sleep just to finish and good golly was it worth it! I adored every fighting scene. The constant struggle between Calaena and Dorian and Chaol. The fear. The magic. It all came together so perfectly for me.
I love Calaena’s strength through out Throne Of Glass as well. It really was a “second chance” or a “rebirth” for her. Being taken from somewhere so horrible and even though she had to fight for it she turned into a new person. A hero, a fighter, and a someone you could trust and depend on. I mean come on… she’s a trained assassin. I thought it was intense and exciting to watch her tear down each fella one by one. One character she helped and I absolutely loved was Nox. In such a rough situation it’s always nice to have a friend and Nox was adorable in his own way. I actually hope we see him again in the future.
As much as I loved both main boys, I am team Chaol. Dorian just seemed like that first love, I’m infatuated with you but not meant to be with you type of love. I must say that I did fall for him somewhat though. With his dark hair, bright blue eyes, his belief in true love, the fact that he takes care of his dogs, his love for reading… it’s impossible not to feel something for him, but he didn’t evoke my emotions like Chaol did. One of the things I absolutely loved about Chaol is you see a few huge shifts with him. In the beginning he’s mostly quiet, brooding, untrusting, and distant. As we crept closer and closer to the end we find Chaol opening up… He’s trusting Calaena, being less distant and actually trying to help and care for her. Plus mention the fact that he’s sexier than Captain Hook in Once Upon A Time and can take down just about anyone makes my heart beat all over the place. As I was reading multiple people kept asking me what team I was, and I admit it took more than half way through for me to finally choose but this is the scene that did it for me:
“In the garden the Captain of the Guard stared up at the young woman’s balcony, watching as she Waltzed alone, lost in her dreams. But he knew her thoughts weren’t of him. She stopped and stared upward. Even from a distance, he could see the blush upon her cheeks. She seemed young – no, new. It made his chest ache. Still he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below.”
My heart broke for him at this part and right then and there I knew I was team Chaol because I never felt anything of that magnitude for Dorian. Chaol Westfall… just seriously? That name? Sex. He’s 22 and my age… perfect. And let me tell you, Chaol gets even better and better as the book goes on!
Overall, this whole story from start to end was brilliantly done. From the fights, the murders, the romance, the books, the intensiveness, the heart break, the magic… I just loved everything and could not put it down. If you enjoy fantasy, magic, super hot fellas, mystery, fights, adventure, and a kick-ass chick… pick up this book. You will not be disappointed. I’m already begging for the next installment.