Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Celaena Sardothein, or more commonly known as none other than Adarlan’s most notorious assassin, is in the midst of what could only be a life sentence in the salt mines of Endovier, when a hooded figure and numerous guards half drag her from her lonely cell in the middle of the night, or was it actually day outside the prisons dark walls.
Celaena was trained from the age of eight to be a killing machine. By seventeen, none could match her skill and she became intertwined in myth and legend known only to the masses as, Ardlan’s most notorious assassin. But, even being Ardlan’s most notorious assassin Calaena still has or had the capacity to make mistakes. On one fatal night, Calaena was betrayed. Her trust in others had ended up landing her in the salt mines of Endovier, as the King himself believed death was too swift a punishment for Calaena.
Now eighteen Calaena is still alive and very much trapped in the salt mines, almost a year after her capture, despite the fact most don’t survive longer than a month in the forsaken place. The only way Celaena has managed to stay sane all these years trapped in such a place is because of the words she repeats every morning,” I will not be afraid”. So when the hooded figure turns out to be none other than the Captain of the Royal Guard, Celaena doesn’t even let herself consider the possibility and doesn’t even let a sliver of hope creep into her heart, for fear of what she might do if this were not what she so hoped it to be. Could it really be? After all these years, a way out? Surely it’s too good to be true?
However all fight soon drains, from her when the Captain of the Royal Guard brings her into a room with none other than The Crown Prince of Ardlan sitting smack bang in the midlle of it. Now, finally Celaena allows herself some hope, hope that she could finally rid herself of this horrible nightmare of a place, hope she might once agin feel the sun’s warmth on her face, hope that she might once more be free. Even if that freedom is death.
When the Prince of all people offers her a deal, her freedom in exchange to fight for him in competition held by her very captors, in a bid to become The Kings Champion, whatever that means? How could she possibly refuse? However if Celaena were unfortunate enough to lose the competition, certain death or worse awaits her! But, if Celaena were to win it, it would mean freedom. Freedom! Hardly a fair choice?
Teen Rating: A nice read, yet I can’t seem to shake the feeling that there’s something fundamentally missing or off about the book, almost as if the book is only half finished… 3.9/5 14+