Throne of Glass


In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

The Phoenix’s Perspective

There were so many great reviews for this book that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I contemplated buying the second book at the same time, but decided to wait so I could read through the first. I am glad that I did wait.  I wish I could tell you that all those great reviews are so true and you need to get your hands on this book right now, but I can’t.

When I made the decision to buy the book, I was really excited by the storyline. The idea of a young assassin fighting for her own freedom sounded like a great read considering how it can be difficult to find a story with a strong female protagonist. The blurb on the back of the book even hinted at a potential love triangle and a mysterious evil that is causing deaths.

I began reading the book about 2 weeks ago. I have only been able to get 2-3 pages into chapter 17. The storyline has not been a letdown.  Celaena Sardothien is a very interesting young woman.  She is a nice balance between sensitivity and strength.  She loves to read and chat just as much as she does overpowering an opponent who underestimates her just for being a woman.

However, a good book should keep you captivated.  It should make you have to fight yourself just to put it down.  It should make you only want to read until there are no more pages left.  Throne of Glass did not do that for me.  I tried to continue and push through it every day.

Sad to say, I am going to have to stop reading Throne of Glass.

Would I add it to the library?

I am not sure. It hurts me not to make it through a book, so maybe I’ll just put it down for now. Hopefully, I can pick it up again sometime in the future and feel differently.


Genre: Fiction – fantasy
ISBN: 9781619630345
Rating:  definitely not for me

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