By Chloe Sladden-Turner
One of the best books I have read in a long time. If the same old routine of university life is getting you down; just dive straight into the Kingdom of Adarlan.
An intelligent, deadly and beautiful assassin is freed from slave labour in Endovier by the Captain of the Guard to represent Adarlan’s Crown Prince in a tournament. Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s anonymous and notorious assassin, trained from the age of ten after her parents’ murder but she made a fatal mistake. She was caught and sent to Endovier’s salt mines as a slave. Chaol Westfall – Captain of the Guard – offers her a deal. The benefits? After four years, she will have her freedom. The catch? She must serve those four years as the ruthless King’s Assassin in his corrupted kingdom. A position she must win representing Dorian Havilland – The Crown Prince – in the brutal tournament of the best thieves and assassins around under a false alias, if she gets through it in one piece that is.
Celaena accepts these terms and travels with Adarlan’s court to the Glass Castle while she competes in the tournament. The assassin soon finds her frozen heart melting with a new alliance in the mysterious Princess Nehemia and forbidden sparks flying with Dorian and even Choal finding themselves intrigued by her.
Suddenly, everything becomes much more complicated as candidates in the tournament start dropping like flies. Celaena must risk everything to solve the mystery concerning herself and the ancestors of a life she has long stopped caring about, on the way to her destiny.
This was a book I had seen around before, but I didn’t think it was for me. One day I decided to give it a try. I read it and I was hooked! It mixes detailed fantasy, blending both violence, romance and drama, ending on a cliffhanger of what fate may have in store for Celaena, Dorian and Chaol. There’s a very good reason Throne of Glass has now become a seven-book series (including a prequel) with the eighth book set to be released this year on 23rd October.
I highly recommend this as something a bit less mainstream to read. This book and its’ series offer complete escapism from the mundane stresses of university life. If you weren’t a reader before you certainly will be after reading Throne of Glass.