Goodreads description: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 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 exhilarating. 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 enjoyed Throne of Glass. When I was done reading, I wanted to know more about the world and characters. I wanted to go reread parts of it. It wasn’t perfect but I liked it. I do wish I’d known about the pronunciation guide on the author’s blog before I read it though!
Celaena is an infamous assassin; but she was betrayed and captured. She works and suffers in a prison work camp which is basically a death sentence. She’s a killer with honed skills and a lot of rage. So when Prince Dorian and his captain of the guard Chaol take her out of the camp with the chance to compete to become the king’s champion and win her freedom. The competition is against 23 other criminals and the winning might lead to freedom, but only after four years serving a tyrant king. A dangerous competition for a horrible job or the rest of her life in a harsh work camp–it isn’t a difficult decision.