Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Audible on November 5, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 12 hours, 47 minuites
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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 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 was headed to Apollycon at the end of March and I try to read the authors I plan to meet. I say I don’t like young adult but the reality is, like historical romance, I read it if it is GOOD. Or amazing.
Somehow, the audio was on sale at a really good price and I bought it and started listening. (This means all the spellings are different than how I saw them in my head. Grrr) While some of the characters were rather immature, they were young so it is realistic. The character growth was wonderful as were the authentic emotions of the characters.
I loved the world building. The various qualities of magic and shifters and demons from other worlds just begins to unfold in this story. Magic has been outlawed, with many magic users killed. But there are other magical talents in play.
Of course, I shipped the wrong guy as usual. But I see the sense in how it seems to be at the end. I want to continue on with Celaena’s journey. I have many questions yet. I wonder how Dorian will sort his future. He is in a difficult place. His father wants him to do less reading and more fighting. His mother wants him to marry and produce an heir. What choices will he make?
I listened at 1.25x speed. The performance of Elizabeth Evans added to my enjoyment. The voices seemed to fit well and kept me in the story. In fact, I want to listen to the series and since it is not at my libraries, I’ll be buying the Throne of Glass series on Audible. That’s saying something as I usually only buy things I already know I love( after reading them).
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- 2018 Audiobook Challenge