Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Audible Audio, Bloomsbury USA Childrens on January 1, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Length: 12 hours, 47 minutes
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
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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.
A heroine many YA readers may very well love
In Throne of Glass, Celaena is made out to be a kick ass assassin, but having been captured has toiled away as a slave in some very nasty mines the past year before she is brought before by the Crown Prince Dorian himself with an offer she very well won’t refuse. The offer is for her freedom in exchange for entering a competition to become the King’s Champion (aka assassin). If she wins she will get her freedom after 4 years, lose or refuse and she’ll go back to slavery in the mines. Of course she accepts.
My thoughts on Celaena…
– She has a soft side, and wow, morals. How’d that happen!? Lol
– for all that she is touted and fluffed up as such a hardcore assassin, we don’t see any of that really. Especially given that she doesn’t seem quick to kill and has to keep her identity secret. And she’s out of shape from her year in slavery and the Captain of the Guard seems to be able to best her and he’s her teacher/mentor now. Wouldn’t she be able to wipe the floor with him?
– She loves books, reading and dogs…oh wait and getting all gussied up in pretty dresses. So the ultimate tomboy mixed with the self sufficient, geeky yet beautiful perfect girl. I guess it could happen, I think I know a few girls like this. 🙂 Still she almost seems like she was written for female readers.
There can be only one!
Wait wait, I was just kidding! Queue the love triangle lol. Yes that’s right it’s here, and luckily I’ve come to expect it as a standard trope in young adult fiction that I’m almost not bothered by it here, alright maybe I minded a little. I hate that it was here only because it is so commonly used that I feel like anytime triangles come into the picture it makes the story so much more predictable. But I guess if there were only one love interest that would still be predictable. Anyhow, kudos to the author because I wasn’t hating this particular love triangle.
There is the swoony die hard handsome playboy
Crown Prince Dorian – What teenage girl isn’t going to fall for the son of the King that enslaved her country and sent her to suffer in a slave mine? Alright so he hates his own father and doesn’t want to become him, that is definitely a saving grace. Plus he flirts with her and gives her books. The books might have won me over as well, just saying.
The stalwart uptight, emotionally unavailable mentor
Captain of the Guards, Chaol, acts as Celaena’s mentor and somewhat guardian (since she is still essentially a captive while at the palace competing in the competition.) You know the kind of guy, he’s tough, doesn’t show he cares but in the ways that you notice but could just as easily be misconstrued as him simply doing his job, is always proper and completely emotionally unavailable. Yeah, just the type to secretly moon over right? Because don’t you know he’s secretly mooning over you too. Yeah you can’t help it Celaena.
So the triangle didn’t bother me but I did feel it was a little predictable how she swings heavily one way towards one of them then at the end conveniently ends things all that it leaves things open for her to now try things out with the other. At least that is how I predict things happening and in eager to see if I’m right because right now I don’t know who I would root for and usually I would know by now. So that alone convinces me that it’s a triangle that is well dive for once.
The mystery, the magic, the murders
Much of the time in Throne of Glass is split between various plot threads. Celaena’s training during the competition, the weekly tests for the competition, the romance threads being built between Celaena, Chaol and Dorian, the mysterious and gruesome murders that are happening to the sponsored champions that are competing against one another, and finally a mysterious dead fae queen that Celaena meets who wants her to find and destroy an evil in the castle. With all of that going on I still felt the main focus was on the romantic plotline. All things considered tho I did enjoy the book and plan to continue as I hear from many other readers that the series gets stronger and better as it progresses.