Celaena Sardothien is a teen-aged assassin. Celaena is the main character in Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. When she was a child, Celaena’s country was destroyed and her parents murdered in their beds by the King of Adarlan, who also eradicated magic from the world (or tried to). Celaena was found by a cruel master who nonetheless took care of her and trained her to be an assassin. A year before the book begins, she was betrayed, caught, and sent to a death camp. After a year as a slave in the mines, she is visited by the Captain of the Royal Guard and the Crown Prince of Adarlan.
The King is having a competition. The winner will become his champion and enforcer. The Prince has chosen Celaena as his sponsored potential champion. If she bests the other 23 competitors in a series of tests, she will become the champion, serve the King for four years, and then gain her freedom. If she loses, she’ll go back to the mines.
Throne of Glass kept my attention and I enjoyed reading it. It has a nice balance of action and character development. I’m not a fan of love triangles, so that annoyed me a bit, and I also have some major issues with Celaena’s attraction to the son of the man who caused her parents’ death. She does not seem to have any inner struggle over her attraction (and I admit, I found the Captain of the Royal Guard a lot more interesting than the Prince). Still Throne of Glass was a good read.
Anyone who loves fantasy adventure with a strong female lead should give Throne of Glass a try. It’s very entertaining.