Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
I am going to apologise for this review now because I am so unbelievably tired I just KNOW its going to sound like a jumbled mess of words so I AM SORRY!
I honestly LOVED this book and the others that followed. It was just… WOW.
A combination of a lot of my favourite things; Fantasy, fiction, medieval times, dark magic, hot guys and a strong badass heroine. Absolutely loved it!
Celeana has accepted what she is, rescued from a bad situation when she was only a child and trained to become the best assassin. She inevitably learned how to take care of herself and trust nobody.
Now she has the opportunity to win her freedom after spending a year in Endovier, the roughest prison in all the land, where most don’t survive.
The arrives Dorian, the Crown Prince of Ardalan and his guard, Chaol, who has an offer for Celeana; suddenly she’s off to Ardalan; the home of her enemy and the person she despises most in the world. He’s taken a lot from her but now she’s about to enter a competition to be his Champion and, eventually, to win her freedom.
But things don’t go as smoothly as Celeana hoped. She uncovers something deadly, she gets caught up in a, kind of love triangle, with Dorian and Chaol and to top things all off she’s found a hidden passageway where the dead Queen of Ardalan from thousands of years ago is visiting her… Can things get any complicated?
Throughout all the commotion, however, is her friendship with Princess Nehemia.
But the competition is what she needs to focus on, and defeating the other competitors.
Will Celeana come on top?
The story kept me hooked from the beginning. So many things are happening at the same time; we have Celeana competing for her freedom (and her life). Celeana and Nehemia spark a friendship and Celeana discovers that in this land where magic has been vanished, the Dark Arts have not been forgotten.
She also learns that Nehemia has a secret and she will have to figure out if Nehemia is really someone she can trust or if after all she has been a terrible judge of character and therefore put her life in even more danger.
Dorian and Chaol.
What can I say about these two?
They are of course the two love interests for who Celeana (and us the readers) will fall for but it’s not as easy as it sounds though.
Dorian is the Crown Prince of Ardalan and is gorgeous and funny and he seems to have taken an instant liking to Celeana and through a series of flirtatious behaviour, he does, for a while get the girl. But he’s not really a match for Celeana. They get along great and they are good together, but I can’t see it lasting. They don’t inspire each other, they don’t seem to have that balance of love and hate. They seem more like friends than lovers.
And then there’s Chaol … *le sigh* *swoon*. He is sexy and moody and strong and passionate and just… UH everything you want in a book boyfriend. Him and Celeana balance each other, they come across as hard and terrible but deep down they hurt and they have their secrets and their passions and their unyielding loyalty towards the people they care for. Honestly I was in love with him from the beginning so when Celeana had a minor fling with Dorian I was beside my self.
The competition itself is brutal and I loved how the book managed to convey all that in your head. Everything that Sarah described, was envisioned in my head. I could imagine the competitions they did, I could see the way they fought, everything about it was brilliant and for a YA book some of the fight scenes were brutal but I loved it. Its based in medieval times (I assume it is) so you would have brutal fight scenes and blood and just… Yeah. It fuelled my inner medieval warrior side.
I like how the book as well was split into POV’s. It was mainly Celeana’s side of things that we got but I liked how we got to see bits of Dorian and Chaol and Nehemia. It made me understand them more, made me realise just how complex all their lives together were.
Throne of lass is a brilliant start to the series and I know that, as the other books come along, more things will be uncovered about all of the characters I have come to love.
5 out of 5 stars.