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.
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's
Four and a half stars: An exciting thrill ride from beginning to end!
Calaena trudges alongside the masked man from the royal army. Her heart pounds, but she refuses to show fear. She wonders if this is finally it for her. After a year of toiling in the salt mines is she to be executed? Caleana finds herself in front of the Crown Prince, and he has an interesting offer. She is to compete in a competition held by the King. If she wins the contest, she will be appointed the King's assassin. After four years of service, she will have her freedom. As much as she despises the king, Calaena knows she can't endure another year in the salt mines. Her course is set. Can Caleana become the King's assassin?
What I Liked:
- Wow! This book is a thrilling adventure. From the opening pages, you are drawn into a tale that will excite you. There is a fast paced story that follows Caleana who is the fiercest and deadliest assassin in the country. Caleana is forced to compete in a deadly event in order to win her freedom. On top of the harrowing tests, someone is killing the contestants in the most gruesome way, and there are hidden spies and treacherous traitors throughout the castle. Can Caleana outwit and outlast all the other competitors and solve the murder mystery?
- I adored Calaena. She is a deadly assassin who can kill in an instant. Calaena trained for years starting at the age of eight, and now at eighteen she is one of the fastest and deadliest assassins alive. She is always quick to determine the quickest way to dispose of an enemy. She is a fierce, kick butt character, the kind we all love! Yet, I liked that she had a softer side that was slowly exposed over time as she settled into her new surroundings. I truly enjoyed getting to know her. Besides, how often do you get a female assassin who is totally bad ass?
- I liked all the different story lines that merged together to form a fantastic read. At first, it starts out with the competition and Calaena working toward her freedom, but then additional story threads are revealed. There are those who are plotting against the King and the kingdom, dark demonic forces and murderous creatures, magic and ghosts from another realm and a romance. The final plot revealed was a shocker and I am eager to see what will happen in the next book.
- The romance is just right. It is the kind where the two start out as enemies, but over time, they learn to become friends and then something more develops. It is slow, sweet and takes its time to erupt. However, at the end you are left with a little bit of nagging doubt, and I am wondering how it will progress. I am worried that this might be going into love triangle territory.
- Aside from Calaena, I throughly enjoyed Dorian and Chaol. These two men are brave,kind and noble. I couldn't decide who I liked more. Chaol is courageous and a fierce competitor, one who can go toe to toe with Calaena. Dorian, the Crown Prince, is completely different from his ruthless father. He has a big heart, and he would be a kind and just leader. Both of these characters, like Calaena, have plenty of layers and it was a pleasure to peel them back and get to their soft sides.
And The Not So Much:
- All through the story, there were glimmers of Calaena's past. Hints of her training and the betrayal that landed her in the salt mines are dropped here and there, but I was disappointed that there was nothing more. I fully expected as I read, to get the full story regarding Caleane's turbulent past and her training. Unfortunately, this doesn't happen. I truly wanted to know more and would like to have a detailed history on her assassin training, I think that part of the story would be fascinating. After I read the book, I noticed there were several prequels out, I am guessing that some of the answers might be there. However, it is frustrating to read a book and find there is missing information. I am not a big fan of prequels and novellas. I think that everything should have been included.
- Many of the tests and trials in the competition are skipped over and not detailed. I found the test to be some of the most exciting parts of the story. I wanted more of the action, and I wished that they hadn't been glossed over and just mentioned in passing.
- The King is obviously a formidable and terrifying figure. It was apparent at the end of the story as to what his true intentions are. I was surprised, though, that he is for the most part, absent during the book. As the villain, I was expecting him to have a larger role, I am certain that he will be more visible next time.
- I wanted to know more about the magic. Magic used to be prevalent throughout the realm, but as the King rose to power he eradicated it. What types of magic were practiced? Why was it eliminated?
The Glass Throne is an exciting and thrilling book that will certainly please those who are in the mood for an adventure. This book has plenty to like, including a formidable female assassin who can go toe to toe with the bad boys. A top notch read! I suggest you get a copy right away!
"Libraries were full of ideas---perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."
"I like music,"she said slowly, "because when I hear it, I...I lose myself within myself, if that makes sense. I become empty and full at once, and I can feel the whole earth roiling around me. When I play, I'm not...for once, I'm not destroying. I'm creating."
"You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down you know it, too. That's what scares you the most."
I borrowed a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.