The cousins rehash everything they have been through in the ten years they were separated. Aelin and Chaol meet Arobynn at a new tavern. Arobynn has signed Aelin up to fight. She chooses a Valg demon commander as her opponent. Chaol is amazed at her new skills. She kills the demon pretty easily. Arobynn is mad she went for the kill instead of delivering the demon to him. Aedion is slowly recovering, and he thinks Aelin is babying him. They discuss Rowan Whitethorn , and Aelin discovers the hero worship Aedion has for him. Chaol discovers the Valg soldiers sealed and burned the Shadow Market because those who rescued Aedion got their supplies there.
Chaol greets Aedion and asks what he learned about Dorian while in the castle. Aedion urges Chaol to trust the decisions they will make. Aelin follows a Valg soldier into the sewer and watches him talk to a creature which emerges from the water. It looks like one of the creatures carved in the clocktower by the palace, and it has the voice of the king.
Aelin agrees to take Aedion to a bar to get some fresh air. On their walk home, they find Rowan. Aelin is overwhelmed with joy. The men size each other up and act territorial. Aelin drags Rowan into her room under the guise he needs a bath. They catch up while he bathes. When they rejoin Aedion, Rowan asks who his father was. Rowan can tell from his scent that it is Gavriel , another legendary warrior.
He storms out. Rowan reveals he came back to Aelin because Lorcan Salvaterre is nearby. Maeve probably sent him to find the Wyrdkey. Aelin wants Rowan to sleep in her bed, just like in Wendlyn. Aelin gets up the next morning to make breakfast, and Aedion returns. They make up. She tells him he can swear the blood oath, too, if he wants to. Chaol arrives to go over maps and strategies with Aelin, and he sees Rowan for the first time.
He seems slightly jealous.
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Aelin sneaks out of her apartment at night. Lorcan is following her. She lures him into a nest of Valg demons and leaves him for dead. But he escapes and catches up with her. They threaten each other.
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Rowan shows up. Lorcan says Maeve let them walk away and still has plans for their defeat. Lysandra arrives, and Rowan identifies her as a shape shifter. Aelin and Aedion are shocked. Lysandra says no one knows. She says Arobynn will call in his favor tomorrow. Aelin and Rowan catch a Valg demon to take with them. Aelin, Rowan, and Aedion head to the Assassin's Keep. Arobynn answers the door. All four take the demon down to the dungeon.
Arobynn only allows Aelin in the torture room. His plan is to find out how the king controls them. The demon reveals the king slips the black stone ring on their finger, slices their skin, licks their blood, and then they are bound to him. They join the rest of the group for dinner. The conversation is tense, and Arobynn witnesses the silent communication and close bond between Aelin and Rowan. Arobynn reveals he knows Aelin has been quietly wrecking his investments all over town. Aelin says she will stop only if he gives her the Amulet of Orynth , her family heirloom and the third Wyrdkey.
Arobynn obliges. He thinks he now controls her. The ring was a fake she planted on the demon after she removed the real one. Aelin and Rowan hide the real amulet under a loose board in her floor. Aelin goes to the roof to wait out what she knows Lysandra is up to tonight In spite of everything, Aelin has mixed feelings about it all.
Rowan joins her. Aelin touches his face and wants to get more intimate, but he tells her not to touch him that way and leaves abruptly. Lysandra lies next to Arobynn in his bed, and he is fast asleep. Because he trusts her completely, he never stirs as she reaches for the knife under his pillow and slits his throat with it.
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It is awkward between Aelin and Rowan. Aelin asks to see the room, and it is a bloody mess. The banker arrives to read the will. Arobynn left everything to Aelin. The three men ask her to let them buy the house from her. She gives them three hours to raise the funds. Aelin admits she switched the will. She decapitates Arobynn with her sword, just to be sure. Aelin is still being fairly cold to Rowan.
He continues to fight his growing feelings toward her. Aelin, Chaol, Aedion, and Rowan follow a tip to the catacombs under the old Shadow Market looking for hellfire. They find a temple made of the bones and confessions of sinners. They discover there is an ultimate Valg demon named Erawan. They believe the king hid him in the mountains of Morath. Nesryn joins them and shares news about Morath. The king is building an army there with dark soldiers, witches, and wyverns.
He wants to know where the third Wyrdkey is. It can grant immunity from the power of the Valg. Lorcan wants to exchange their Wyrdkey for the ring. Rowan admits how terrified he was when he thought Lorcan would hurt her.
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Chaol and Nesryn bring additional news. The king is traveling to the Oakwald Forest to meet with the leader of his wyvern cavalry. Manon, the witches, and their wyverns have been stationed at Morath for weeks now, awaiting orders from the king via Duke Perrington.
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Kaltain Rompier is there with him and seems to be a puppet. The witches are getting restless. The duke wants Manon to choose a clan to be implanted with Valg stones to see if they can breed with each other. She can tell the girl is hiding something. A clan of Yellowlegs comes forward to volunteer for implantation, and Manon lets them do it. Manon asks Elide to choose whether she wants to ally with the witches.
Elide chooses to be a witch. She witnesses Kaltain being ordered to use her shadowfire on a soldier to torture him. Manon questions what else is going on in the mountain caves. Duke reveals that her grandmother is making weapons for him. Elide takes laundry down to the dungeons to sneak a peek. They have given birth once and are pregnant again. They are chained to tables and begging to be set free. Manon does not agree to free them like Asterin wants, and Asterin is demoted again. Elide shares that she knew Aelin as a child and is holding out hope that she is still alive. Elide is slowly stealing supplies from the kitchen to escape and disappear forever.
Duke Perrington and Vernon Lochan tell Manon they want more witches to be implanted, this time from the Blackbeak clan. But Kaltain is retaking her body from the Valg demon inside. The witches are already there waiting for the king. They see the size of the wyverns. Lysandra is in a prison wagon. She is mouthy to him, but he likes her superior attitude.
He asks her grandmother to see the weapon, and they make Manon stay behind. The demon thrashes inside Dorian as Manon approaches. He regains a bit of control over his body in her presence. When Manon asks his name, he can answer her. The demon returns in full when his father returns, but his memories of Manon linger. Aelin rescues Lysandra from the prison wagon. Chaol whisks her away into the woods. Chaol secretly goes to kill Dorian, but the Thirteen are there to greet him. Rowan tracks Chaol by scent. Manon is surprised to see Rowan. Aelin says that makes her smarter than Baba Yellowlegs.
Aelin and her court flee. The witches track them down at a temple in the middle of a ravine with a series of decrepit bridges connecting it to the land. Rowan gets shot in the shoulder with an arrow. Aelin and Manon fight an epic battle on the island. The island begins to collapse beneath them as they fight. As Manon is about to fall into the ravine, Aelin turns back to save her. She carries her over the bridge to safety. Manon owes her enemy a life debt. Rowan is not in good shape. Chaol apologizes to Aelin for causing this mess when he went after Dorian.
Manon tells the king there was an attack but says they killed them all. She asks the king if he will use shadowfire with the weapons. They are giant transportable battle towers lined inside with ancient mirrors. The mirrors can amplify any power the king chooses to use. He has figured out that she has Blackbeak blood and locks her in a dungeon cell. Duke summons Manon when she returns to Morath. Since Duke provided her with information, he requests another group of witches for implantation. Asterin asks for a private meeting with Manon and tells her a secret from years ago.
She fell in love with a mortal man and got pregnant. She carried the baby full-term, which is rare for witches. But the baby girl was stillborn. Asterin was heartbroken, but she healed and came back stronger than ever. She begs Manon to disobey her grandmother and not let the witches be impregnated.
Manon feels a thread tugging at her. She and Asterin take off for Rifthold before heading back to Morath. Lysandra thanks Aelin for rescuing her. She gets another surprise when Aelin presents her with paperwork from her boss saying she and Evangeline are free from all debts. Rowan is slowly recovering. One night he smells Lorcan on the roof. As the story begins, Chaol is introduced as a strict and ethical captain, while Celaena is presented as a morally ambiguous assassin.
According to the author, this contrast contributes to Chaol's character development as his bond with Celaena grows. Amidst their experiences, Chaol eventually comes to view her not just as a captive criminal, but also "as a human being. Prince Dorian is presented as a suitor for Celaena as well. However, their relationship is complicated by his status as the crown prince. Throne of Glass has received generally positive reviews, making its debut on the New York Times Best Seller list with the release of the second novel, Crown of Midnight. Maas tends toward overdescription, but the verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read.
Kirkus stated, "A teenage assassin, a rebel princess, menacing gargoyles, supernatural portals and a glass castle prove to be as thrilling as they sound. She might be in the throes of a bloodthirsty competition, but that doesn't mean she's not in turmoil over which tall, dark and handsomely titled man of the royal court should be her boyfriend—and which fancy gown she should wear to a costume party.
Throne of Glass was named Amazon. The assassin heroine's growth and the multilayered secondary characters are amazing. Whereas many authors rely on geographic detail to build their worlds, Maas' environment is more politically driven and her characterizations are deftly drawn to support that sort of structure. In September , it was announced that the Throne of Glass series had been opted for a television adaptation by Hulu. The series is set to be titled Queen of Shadows , named after the fourth novel in the series, with The Mark Gordon Company serving as the main project studio.
The adaptation will be written by Kira Snyder, with the pilot potentially being directed by Anna Foerster. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Throne of Glass The covers of the eight books of the series. The descriptions for the characters listed are displayed as they appeared in the first novel. Maas envisioned Celaena Sardothien as a strong and capable heroine, and was inspired by both male and female protagonists. Retrieved February 24, Accelerated Reader Bookfinder.
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