Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend. But something evil dwells in the castle – and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival – and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.”
Review: The Throne of Glass series has been on my hit-list for months now. Given that my favorite coworker constantly gushes about this book to any customer who will listen to her, I knew that I had to give the series a shot. All in all, I think Throne of Glass was an interesting start to a series that I will likely continue reading. It didn’t wow me with a truly fantastical new world or extremely compelling characters, but I also couldn’t put it down. At times I found myself frustrated with Celaena, particularly as she tried to discover who was killing the Champions (it’s painfully obvious, yet she has the wrong idea until she literally sees the culprit preparing for a kill). For being the land’s greatest and smartest assassin, she was a pretty terrible detective. She was also somehow simultaneously superficial and badass, which was perplexing. The “Book Jacket Synopsis” promised a vicious assassin, which Celaena is, but it also delivered a girl who was obsessed with her looks and whether or not the various men in her life were attracted to her. All of the different challenges that Celaena had to pass on her quest to become the King’s Champion were interesting (somewhat Hunger Games-esque) and Throne of Glass is one book where I felt like the love triangle played out fairly well (i.e., I didn’t want to strangle every character involved every time they interacted). At this point, I’m not committed to finishing the series but I am definitely committed to finishing the next book!