Over the past month or so, I’ve been really struggling to find something new and exciting to read. I’ve been bored out of my brain with the lack of original books and screen entertainment on hand. Not helping matters was the fact that my favourite TV show – Game of Thrones – finished for the year, which left a big, gaping, hole in my life that I needed to fill ASAP. So, in need of more GOT style goodness, I turned to the Fantasy genre… and found this little beauty!
The Throne of Glass series began with book one, Throne of Glass, released in 2012. Currently there are three books out in the series, with book number four of six to be released this September. A series of prequels were released earlier this year, also (which I have yet to read).
Here is my RAVE on the first three books I have devoured thus far.
Throne of Glass: Book One
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.
I could not put this book down. There are so many twists, and mysteries and intrigue, and Celaena is a character you can really get behind. She is brave – a warrior – but she also has a brain. She has her faults, she isn’t truly fearless, and she gets in to more trouble than she should! But that made her all the more likable for me.
Prince Dorian and Chaol were fantastic characters also, and the three of them formed a trio of friends that you can sense will experience a lot together as the series progresses.
This book has monsters, magic, an evil king, brutal killers, a charming Prince, a gruff guard, a kick-ass assassin and some heart-stopping moments that all equal awesome entertainment. What more could you want?! I immediately moved on to book two.
Crown of Midnight: Book Two
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
This second book in the series, was even more thrilling that the first. There is just SO MUCH to Celeana and as the story progresses, it is clear she is destined for big things.
Celeana’s inner bad-ass assassin side really came out to play in this book, and she wasn’t playing nice. When things went bad for her, the rage inside her unleashed, and it was a sight to behold! Call me sick, but I loved reading about the brutal things Celeana did to avenge her friends, and prove to people she is not to be messed with.
There was more magic in this story. More secrets are revealed. It is becoming clear that Celeana must embrace her true self, so she can stop the mad King from destroying their world.
My heart broke a little in this book, and goddammit I even cried. But I would have it no other way. The big reveal at the end of this book, (even though I saw it coming), meant that I had to immediately pick up the next book.
Heir of Fire: Book Three
Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
While I didn’t love this book as entirely as I did the first two, it was an important addition to the series and had it’s moments of epicness.
Celaena is half a world away from her former love and her friend, and she has found herself in yet another situation where she is under another person’s rule. But Rowan, her latest master, is a fantastic new character, and reading about her struggles with him was as entertaining as it was frustrating.
There is another new character, Aedion, Celaena’s long lost cousin, that has added more excitement to the story. But things are bleak for the stories other central characters – Prince Dorian and Chaol. But there is little I can say about that, without spoilers.
Celaena continues to evolve, and grow as a warrior and a leader, and my level of anticipation for the next book in the series is HIGH.
Read. This. Series.
The series is violent, but nothing too OTT. It will entice rage at times, and have you holding your breath at others. And it is seriously addictive reading. It’s YA, so there are no graphic sex scenes, and though there is a love story in there, it is not the main focus of the books. Guys and girls alike can get a kick out of this one. And if like me, you want more Game of Thrones, but can’t bring yourself to read a book of that size right now, you’ll appreciate the length of these novels. Not too big, not too small, and a breeze to read.
I recommend this series. And I recommend it hard.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars