Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 7, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Source: Brilliance Audio
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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.
I read Throne of Glass a few years ago and felt massively underwhelmed. I won’t go into the details, you can read my review of the hardcover to get the basic idea.
However, a few months ago I got a pitch for the audio version. I noticed bloggers were really enjoying the series, and several tried to convince me that the series really got better as it progressed. I requested the audio CDs, but then didn’t do anything about them.
But, a recent trip to Disneyland left my husband and I with about 20 hours of driving time and I gave the audiobook another chance.
I am so happy that I gave this series another chance. Elizabeth Evans did a fantastic job as narrator, and pulled me in during scenes that I had previously found lukewarm. Her depiction of Celaena Sardothien was spot on, and she kept the pace of the novel going nicely. I had previously really made a connection with Nehemia’s character, and I still consider her to be one of the strongest characters in the novel. As is often the case with audiobooks, I find myself paying a little better attention to details.
This time around I found Celaena to be more likable. I think I had wanted her to be a lot more ruthless and had hoped she’d be an out-of-control assassin, especially given her reputation. But, Evans’s narration really brought out the bite in Celaena’s words and showed her dimensional character.
The plot wasn’t as richly developed as some of the other YA fantasies I’ve grown to love, but there was enough foreshadowing to prove some potential for the rest of the series. Along those lines, there were still minor issues with some of the pacing generally, but I found that this second reading left me very excited to see how the next novel turns out. And, luckily, I have a copy of Crown of Midnight ready to go. This re-read puts this series up with some of my favorites (Graceling and The Demon King anyone?).
psst! Need another reason to give this series a shot? Wendy Darling from Midnight Garden also had a positive experience re-reading the series after a lukewarm first go.