October 16, 2015 by ceresbooksworld
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.
I have just seen that I didn’t write a review of Throne Of Glass, so I’m writing it now because this book is great and the series grows in my heart.
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin, she’s dragged out of Endovier before Prince Dorian, he offers her to be free on one condition, and she must be his champion in the competition to find a new royal assassin. Celaena is great at this, so she accepts and in the end if all goes well she will be free or at least she will fight for her freedom. She’s going to the Glass Castle to be trained by Chaol Westfall, the guard’s captain. Celaena will have to fight against warrior.
Celaena is the type of girl I love in books, she’s a smartass, strong, smart, fun and she has principle, she wants her freedom, she wants revenge, she wants the people in Endovier to be free. She will become friends with Nehemia and discovers some awful secrets keep in the castle. I love this girl, she lived some hard things and it’s nice to see how her mind works.
Dorian is really a good guy, he’s charming, nice, sweet, kind and he wants Celaena to be her friend and even more. He doesn’t like life in the Castle but he knows his responsibilities and he knows he can’t trust his little brother to be a good king.
Chaol Westfall is the Captain of the Guard and Dorian’s best friend. He loves his job and he will do everything the king told. He knows that Dorian will be a better king. He’s nice, a little grumpy sometimes but I love his interaction with Celaena.
This story is really nice, I like the characters, Celaena is the best but Chaol has my heart. Dorian is too sweet and handleable for me. There is magic, power and fight. It’s the first of a series and if you want to know more about Celaena you must read the novel in The Assassin Blade before because you will learn a lot of things about Celaena, Sam and Arobynn.
Sarah J Maas is an artist, she knows how to write, you will love her character, and they are so real and non-perfect. You will feel all the love, the hate, the rage and the power of Celaena. It’s a good fantasy book and you will definitely read it.
The US cover is really gorgeous and the UK too.
About the author
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.