My name is Kate, I am an 18 year old college student majoring in English, I live in the Philippines. I am obsessed with reading books and with music; I play guitar and sing.
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publication: August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's
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 exhilirating. 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.
5 out of 5 stars
If you have not read this book yet, what are you doing with your life?
I am so enthralled with this book; it was freaking fantastic. I loved every page because it is the kind wherein you find yourself just devouring everything that is happening in it. This is such an easy way to start a series that is fantasy. The amount of it being a fantasy book and the modern world feel to it was perfectly blended in a way that you don't get to be in a situation wherein you are struggling through the details of this fictional world and the people in it or being too overwhelmed with the world itself. I love how this book was presented in a way that there were multiple character point of views in a chapter. There are some books wherein that kind of POV didn't work out well for me, but here it was perfectly done.
It was action-packed with such an awesome kickass protagonist, Celaena. I really love reading books about badass female protagonists. I loved her character so much; she was so strong and smart at the same time. She knows her dispositions in life and doesn't let anything get in the way of what she really wants. Her character as an assassin at 18 was just admirable! I mean I'm already 19 and I don't think I can do even a quarter of what she's done or if I could even handle every struggle she had in life.
There was also romance in the book but it was not the main focus; it kinda took the backseat actually. For me, it actually reduced the darkness of the book which was a good thing. The guys Dorian and Chaol were also very enjoyable. Dorian with his slutty and fun personality really made me feel giddy and laugh at some point and Chaol with his "I'm Captain of the Guard, nobody mess with me" kind of personality was a pretty fun read too. I loved their relationship with Celaena and how it added color to the story.
Ooooh! Also, the tasks given to them throughout the competition, you know the "hunger games" kind of games, wherein they fight to be the King's Champion was so freaking awesome that I just want to punch the air every second.
I loved how compelling this book was. Everything in it just drew me in right from the start. The entire premise of the story was really interesting and amazing. Aaw it just so good that I do not know how to explain the amount of awesomeness that is in it but you just gotta read it and experience it yourself. The ending was just perfect as well and really made me want to jump right into Crown of Midnight.