When I was 18 I was laughed out of a house party after it was discovered I'd been pronouncing the name of the band INXS as "Inks" for most of my teenage life. Not relevant to this review but I just wanted to give you some perspective on how Celaena and I differ.
For the past year Celaena has been doing hard labour in the brutal mines of Endovier. Her crime? She got caught doing what she does best, ending people's lives.
I once had a job going door to door asking people if they wanted their houses painted. I was threatened with physical violence on more that one occasion. Now THAT's hard labour, am I right?
Out of the blue, Celaena is dragged before the high court. She's given one chance at freedom, act as the Prince's champion in a high-stakes competition aimed at finding a new royal assassin.
If she wins, she'll spend four years being the King's lackey, then she can walk away forever. If she loses, she's sent back to the mines of Endovier where she'll most certainly die.
Celaena can't really get used to court life, she's bored to death by the pomp and circumstance, even if the majority of her time is spent training for the competition.
Then a wrench is thrown into the gears, the other competitors, thieves, thugs and assassins from around the land start to turn up dead. Not only does this look bad for the King (imagine if the contestants on The Bachelor ended up disembowelled in that giant fountain in the driveway) it propels Celaena on a quest to discover the dark secret lurking behind the walls of the opulent castle.
There's a lot of action, mystery and thrills in this novel, and a love triangle tossed in as well. Fans of The Hunger Games, Divergent and any fantasy adventures will devour this novel and be asking for its sequel.
I am excited to be able to properly book-talk Throne of Glass in September because I know the students will love it.