Published: August 2nd 2012
Book: For Review*
Format: Finished copy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult (YA), Romance, Adventure, Mystery, Action.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
"A HEART OF ICE. A WILL OF STEEL. MEET THE ASSASSIN."
After all the hype building up with this book I was a bit nervous to read it, as I was scared it may fall short of my expectations. It hadn't even been on my reading list before I received it to be honest because to me, it sounded a bit like a glorified version of Cinderella with a twist!
I'm glad I read it though.
Echoing others, I suffered the same slow start syndrome bit as some other bloggers I've seen talk about, but once we got out of that snare it was ok. After that I was hooked. Completely lost in Celaena's world.
'Celaena is not your average eighteen year old girl. She is a notorious assassin but has been captured and is being held in the filthy salt mines of Endovier for the rest of her life, what her gaolers seem to think is a small price to pay when you are a famous, deadly and ruthless assassin.
But then the Crown Prince offers her freedom. Freedom. The word she has turned over in her mind ever since she got caught. She longs to be free, but of course; there is a catch. She must sacrifice her life for the prince, and put her life on the line while she fights a to-the-death tournament against the most gifted assassins and thieves. It is either that or stay for the rest of her life in prison and it doesn't take Celaena long to decide. Live or die, she is going to enter the tournament, because she's not going to lose. She will win. Or so she hopes....'
Calaena's character annoyed me at the beginning. She was so vain and proud of herself that she was a killer, and she was constantly flirting! I thought she'd maybe be a bit silent, and keep to herself but no..she was practically melting under the prince's gaze...while wondering if she could kill him on the spot! But as I got to know her I warmed to her more and more as she showed her vulnerable side. Her thirst for books and knowledge; and her love of music, piano to be more exact. The only thing that I didn't quite believe in was her rapid adjustment to life at the palace. How could she have settled in that quickly when previously she had been living the harsh, and hard life of a salt mine? Other than that I loved her character. She was sarcastic determined, brave and soft...yes...soft hearted! She is an assassin of all things, with a ice-cold hard but throughout the course of the book we see her changing, in a good way. Making friends. Sharing moments with both Dorian and Chaol.
I was team Chaol all the way. He was so thoughtful and kind even though he was meant to be guarding her he was also loyal, and strong. Dorian..I had nothing against him really, he was a flirt in simple words and while that can be nice sometimes I preferred Chaol's sweet, caring nature..and considering I usually hate love triangles..this one did well not to get on my nerves!
The side characters were equally strong. My favourite being the princess Nahemia. She was humourus too and it was nice to see Celaena actually making friends..as well as enemies I have to admit!
The plot itself was..complicated for me. In some places it would suddenly his a dry patch and I'd want to put the book down but in other places I just couldn't stop reading. To be honest I was a bit disappointed when the magical side of the book came in to play. I'm not a fan of magic really but after a while I got used to it. :)
Throne Of Glass is an action packed book featuring sarcasm, gore and blood, fight-to-the-death tournaments, romance and a kick-butt main character, the deadly, Cinderella-esque, notorious assassin, eighteen year old Celaena Sardothien. Have you read it yet?
*This book was received in exchange for an honest review.
**Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me this book.