Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 282
Throne of Glass is the first novel in the young adult fantasy series of the same name written by Sarah Maas. It was published in 2012, and since then, a new sequel has been published annually (in addition to a prequel) until the series finished in 2018. To summarize the book, you could consider details such as plot, characters, settings, themes, and techniques such as narrative viewpoint or imagery.
The main character is called Celaena Sardothien, and much of the book is told from her point of view, although the point of view changes at times. The setting for the series is Erilea, a fictional land, and the first book in the series is set in the kingdom of Adarlan.
Celaena, a famous teenage assassin, has been imprisoned for a year but gets the chance to compete in a contest, representing Prince Dorian, to become the King’s Champion. If she wins, after a few years of service she will gain her freedom. The book details the time leading up to the final contest, during which Celaena moves to the castle, forms close relationships with Prince Dorian and his friend Chaol, Captain of the Royal Guard, and starts training to try to win. While she is there, it becomes obvious that the other contestants are being killed, and Celaena starts to investigate their deaths. She endures various trials and dangerous situations leading up to the final contest at the end of the book, which she wins.
Fantasy elements include fairy-folk, monsters, and Wyrdmarks—magical symbols used to summon demons and spirits.
It can also be considered a coming-of-age novel, as we witness the growth and development of Celaena as she forms friendships and matures.
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