Goodreads 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 three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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 had high expectations for Throne of Glass… Surprisingly, they were met.
Throne of Glass is told in 3rd person and shifts between characters. I really enjoy multiple points of view because it lets you know (almost) everything that’s going on.
I have a love/hate relationship with Celaena. She’s a funny, smart, feminine badass, but she’s arrogant to the point where I wanted to slap her. However, I’m really impressed with her mental health considering what she’s been through.
I liked Celaena’s friendship with Nehemia. Having a platonic relationship between two characters is refreshing.
Chaol and Dorian… I’m not a fan of love triangles, but I’m rooting for Chaol. I loved Chaol’s friendship with Celaena. The whole relationship with Dorian seemed forced… I keep picturing Nehemia with Dorian.
The foreshadowing was not subtle at all, and like most people, I struggled with the middle section. It bored me to the point I wanted to stop reading, but I pushed through it. Too many of the trials were skipped over and you were left to read about Celaena studying (or talking about boys/fashion). I really wanted to read about the trials!
The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of world building.
I read online somewhere that Sarah J. Maas was only sixteen when she originally wrote Throne of Glass. If you push your way through it is SO worth it.