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.
Throne of Glass begins when Celaena is giving the opportunity to compete for a chance to be the King's Champion. In order to do that she must train, and complete tasks against her opponents to win! Not only does she have to do this but she also has to keep the fact that she's a notorious assassin a secret from everyone she meets. Then there are also the royal court side to things, that are just boring to Calaena. She also has a new friend that's a princes. And she has the captain of the guard, and the prince trying to get with her.. It's a long journey, but she knows she must win to gain her freedom!
This book was good. I loved the first half. Then the second half sort of through me for a loop. I was excited about the "magic" touch that was added to the book. But I was also frustrated because I never really understood which man Calaena really wanted to be with. Because it was never really stated how she felt about either of them. So I'm still sort of confused about that. Other than that the rest of the book was very enjoyable, and I can see this as an awesome start to a great series!