Throne of Glass

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison. 

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival–and a desperate quest to root out the source of evil before it destroys her world.

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The Story Behind The Story:


Throne of Glass Fan Art by Susan Dennard

Basically, Throne of Glass (formerly known as Queen of Glass) started because I asked myself: “What if Cinderella was an assassin, and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?”

From there, I wanted to know WHO this Cinderella-is-an-assassin girl was. How had she become an assassin? Who sent her to kill the prince? WHY did they want her to kill the prince? WOULD SHE actually kill the prince? And then I found that the backstory was so huge–why she was sent to the ball in the first place and who hired her–that it needed its own book before Cinderella could even GET to that ill-fated ball! Thus, Celaena Sardothien, the heroine of Throne of Glass, was born.

Well, I wound up writing the rough draft of the first three books before realizing that this was going to be a long, long series, and that it would ultimately have little to do with Cinderella, save for a few elements like a giant castle made out of glass, a few romantic balls, and some very handsome and charming princes.

So, nowadays, Throne of Glass is more of an original epic/high fantasy than a retelling of Cinderella, but if you look hard enough, you can still see the influences here and there. I’ve been working on this series for almost 10 years (it will be over 10 years by the time TOG is published), and I cannot say enough how much of a dream come true it will be to finally see it on a shelf.