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 four years and then be granted her freedom. 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.
So basically, I’m on a huge Sarah J. Maas readathon. I walked into Waterstones one lunch time and went to the young adult section, picked this up and read a good 20 pages and like any book blogger, I didn’t walk out of the store empty handed. I was roaring to finish this story and was possibly infatuated by Celaena Sardothien.
I know there are other characters in this book like Prince Dorian and Caption of the Guard Chaol but for me, Celaena Sardothien blew them both out of the water. I guess what makes me appreciate Celaena is that she doesn’t have a squeaky clean conscience. She isn’t evil, but there is a darkness within her that she isn’t afraid to access. I love that she is an assassin but still wishes to enjoys dresses and looking beautiful and dancing. There is a very Jekyll & Hyde sort of flip going on with Celaena’s character. Many have criticised this decision of female beauty and killing being within one character, but I don’t this either is mutually exclusive, you can be both and this is what gives depth to the character.
Also I love how much faith she has in her ability, if every woman in real life had this much faith in themselves we would be sitting in those boardrooms not handing the men the notes before meetings. There is absolutely nothing wrong with belief in one’s own ability.
Setting and world building
The beauty of this story and world is that Maas doesn’t drop you in the centre and run away, she takes you by the hand and the story is weaved around you page by page. Maas really is a beautiful storyteller.
A little sneaky comment I have is that, having almost finished the second book in the series now, Crown of Midnight, I don’t believe Throne of Glass is the best book in this series but a beautiful simple introduction into a world and characters that will build and grow.