Throne of Glass: Chapter 47

Previously on Throne of Glass, Celaena thinks about the future, and Dorian thinks about Celaena.

Note: all direct quotes are either in bold or block-quotes. If something’s in quotation marks but not bold, it’s paraphrased snark.

Chapter Index


Kaltain starts us off this chapter, freezing outside as she waits for the Champions to gather for their final duel. She has the vial of poison in her pocket, and two goblets beside her on the table. Wait, only two? Shouldn’t there be four, one for each Champion?

Perrington comes over and kisses her hand, which is the cover she needs to dump the poison in Celaena’s cup. Kaltain clearly missed her calling as a Vegas magician.

POV hop! Celaena’s shape-shifting into a grumpy popsicle, waiting for the duel stuff to start. She grumps at Chaol about the locale, and Chaol helpfully informs her that, at the last minute, the king decided the duel would take place at the foot of the Wyrdgate/gargoyle clock tower. HMMM.

Cain’s looking handsome and meaty in his red-and-gold outfit, carrying a fancy new sword that his sponsor (evil Duke Perrington) probably gave him. This causes her to briefly wonder if the duke knows about Cain’s extracurricular activities—but that thought is clearly too absurd for our cunning heroine, and immediately floats out of her head.

The old dudes of the king’s council take their seats, and for some reason Nehemia shows up and nobody seems at all alarmed by her presence. I guess the king’s given up the pretense of secrecy; they are holding the duel in a public garden/courtyard, after all.

The king stands and speechifies a bit, informing them that they’re not fighting to the death. “No death at all, not even a little bit,” he emphasizes, staring at our (frankly terrified of him) assassin. Cain and whoever are to fight the first round; Celaena and whoever will fight the second. The winners of those two rounds (*cough Celaena and Cain cough*) will fight the final round.

And then, our assassin has the epiphany that I was expecting her to have ages ago:

For a heartbeat, she saw the king with stark clarity. He was just a man—a man with too much power. And in that one heartbeat, she didn’t fear him.

Don’t get me wrong; I love that she fears him. I just haven’t been totally on board with her whole “his mere presence turns me into a frightened lamb” thing.

I guess the goblets are for the final duel, because Cain and Random Mercenary Renault start their fight without toasting first. Chaol gives Celaena some pointers on Cain’s fighting style as they watch (wait, does our trained-from-childhood badass killer need Chaol’s help figuring out an opponent’s weaknesses, really?) and I’m just getting bored when Cain handily wins the fight. Celaena’s turn!

Across the ring, Grave smiled at her as he wrapped a hand around the hilt of his sword. She bit down on her grimace at the sight of his teeth. Of course, she’d have to duel the grotesque one. At least Renault had been clean looking.

Oh good lord, girl. Are you really such a snob that you care about your opponent’s appearance? (Don’t answer that.)

Chaol offers Celaena his own sword to fight with, which leads to this:

She blinked at the blade, and slowly raised her face to look at him. She found the rolling earthen hills of the north in his eyes. It was a sense of loyalty to his country that went beyond the man seated at the table. Far inside of her, she found a golden chain that bound them together.

Uh, sure. If you say so.

But Nehemia breaks into their (romantic? psychic?) moment and offers Celaena “her beautifully carved iron-tipped staff” instead, and asks her to take the Adarlan motherfuckers down with a weapon forged from the forests of Eyllwe. Also:

“Let the King’s Champion be someone who understands how the innocents suffer.”

Nehemia’s eyes add the final message: “Win this duel, then be the worst King’s Champion you can possibly be, because fuck these guys.”

And “[t]hough a bolt of fear went through her at the thought, though standing against the king was the one thing Celaena had thought she’d never be brave enough to do,” this is a message that resonates deep in Celaena’s core. She takes the staff.

She swishes the staff around and thinks about the upcoming fight, thinks about Dorian, then thanks Chaol.

Chaol tilted his head to the side. “For what?”

Her eyes stung, but she blamed it on the fierce wind and blinked away the dampness. “For making my freedom mean something.”

Oh my god what. Are you telling me your freedom wouldn’t have meant anything if you’d escaped the mines of Endovier? Or if you’d slipped out of the palace anytime in the last several months? Or if you’d won the contest with someone other than Chaol as your physical trainer? Are you telling me that your freedom—that is, your LIFE—has no value except through Chaol?

What is wrong with you? I can’t even.

The king bids the duel begin, and Chaol squeezes her hand and tells her to go beat her opponent up, and Jesus Christ what has Chaol done to give her freedom “meaning”? I don’t understand. Someone explain this to me, because WHAT.


We’re told Celaena’s A Total Badass: 1

Celaena proves she’s A Total Badass: 0

WHAT: 100+

Oh my god what.



26 thoughts on “Throne of Glass: Chapter 47

      1. I always felt like I missed a few hundred odd pages regarding their friendship. It just went from “Celaena, you’re overly cautious -to a fault- of everyone you meet… meet Nehemia, the girl who always hides things and hates everyone and is generally a royal, entitled prick to everyone.” #besties.
        Chaol on the other hand. “Hey, I’m a decent guy who, despite having to juggle my rather important job defending the city, is actually quite keen in befriending you and defending innocent people.” #hatethatguy
        Fucking… ugh
        Why do I like these books again? haha

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      2. Ha! That’s how I feel about everything in this book: the world-building, the romances, Celaena’s character development, the plot. It’s all so painfully underdeveloped.

        I absolutely love your summaries of her friendship with Celaena and her weirdness with Chaol! They’re (sadly) 100% spot-on.

        Hey, sometimes we fall in love with the weirdest things. I have a longstanding addiction to silly, fluffy shoujo manga that I don’t talk about. Thumbs up.

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      3. I liked the first book, but I loved the last two. The jump between them is so huge. And thankfully, Celaena does get better. Mostly anyway. Huzzuh!
        Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows are just vastly better in general. More action, better characters, more development in plot, world building and characters.
        Though, I just want to adopt Chaol. He can just live in my pocket and I’ll feed him and give him hugs when he’s feeling dejected. Poor guy.

        Dude, don’t even! I’m all over the shoujo manga shiz! It’s a scarily addictive genre. Currently addicted to one called Black Bird.

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      4. I’ve had a lot of people reassuring me that the series improves drastically. That’s a huge relief to hear. 🙂

        Is this the Black Bird by Sakurakouji Kanoko? Because if so, I own the boxed set. It’s so good, I can’t even. Your taste is impeccable!

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      5. YES! Oh god it’s so trashy, I love it so much. All I read was that he heals her wounds by licking her and I was sold!
        I only own issue 1-9, though I got so caught up in my buying of them, that I accidentally, on two separate occasions, bought extra copies of 6 and 9. No regrets!
        Kyo is just perfection.
        I’m not sure what I’ll do when I finish reading it though!
        I have nothing planned to fill the void. The horror!

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      6. Oh man, I highly recommend it. (Though I’ll admit I haven’t finished it yet; its last chapter was JUST released, and I’m a couple volumes behind. I really, really hope its conclusion lives up to its promise.)

        Anyway, it’s a human girl (Nanami) who kind of inherits the power and role of the god of a local shrine–and becomes master (mistress?) to the grumpy, powerful, human-hating, SUPER HOT fox yokai named Tomoe. It starts off with Nanami figuring out life as the god, and there are some cute little short storylines along the way, but things get AMAZING as you learn more about Tomoe and his past. Holy crap.

        It does have its slow points, and sometimes it feels like the mangaka is struggling to stretch the story out, but overall: it’s amazing, and I need to get my hands on the last volumes asap. I hope you like it even half as much as I do. 😀

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      7. I’m all for for super hot fox yokai.
        That actually sounds like I’ll love it.
        I tried to read Vampire Knight a few years back and just wanted to kill myself the farther into the story I got, so I know the pain of a series that starts off so well, and just plummets down hill toward the end. Hopefully this one doesn’t do the same.
        I’m ordering it! I’m sold!
        Once I’ve finished black bird of course 😀

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      8. YES to the Vampire Knight stuff. I was so into it for the first, like, quarter, and then what the hell happened? It became such a mess. I did eventually (recently) skip ahead and read the last chapter of VK, and it did not end how I’d expected/wanted it to. Oh, well. At least I was no longer emotionally invested in it at that point.

        Okay, I’ll be over here sweating nervously until I hear whether you like it or not! Hopefully I didn’t just lead you astray. ^_^;

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      9. I loved it to begin with, and I was always pushing for her and Zero to get together. Then it got weird and i gave up. Funnily enough I also skipped ahead to the end. Such a waste. I was actually quite cheeky and read the first chapter online before i headed out to work this afternoon. Tomoe, yes please! I’ll take him. I think I’ll really like it. Going to get to the end of Black Bird then order the first three volumes.
        I have this weird habit of buying manga in threes.

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      10. It’s nice to commiserate with someone over VK’s wasted potential. But hey, at least the anime’s soundtrack resulted in a good song or two!

        Aw, yay! I’m so glad you like Tomoe and his cold grumpiness. 😀

        Three is a great number. Keep me posted on how you like Black Bird’s conclusion, and whether Kamisama Kiss lives up to your expectations! (Fingers crossed.)

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      11. The intro theme was pretty outstanding, and the animation for the show was beautiful, just a shame about the incest…
        Zero though. Come on?! Why wouldn’t you just instantly choose him!
        I love how tetchy Tomoe is. I don’t know why, but I always seem to love a character who is a total grump, completely cocky – with the skills to back it up of course – and has absolutely no eff’s to give. They just make me laugh, and he fits the bill perfectly.

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  1. I genuinely can’t even. “For making my freedom mean something.”??? I actually have nothing to say other than WHAT.

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  2. “Oh good lord, girl. Are you really such a snob that you care about your opponent’s appearance? (Don’t answer that.)” Lol! Nice save.

    “She found the rolling earthen hills of the north in his eyes.” Is there an ophthalmologist in the house? ’cause that sounds painful.

    “(romantic? psychic?)” Hallucinogenic?

    “Are you telling me that your freedom—that is, your LIFE—has no value except through Chaol?” Facedesk

    …y’know, I have a soft-spot for people who realize that staffs are actually damn effective weapons. So, staff over sword? Well done.
    However, it seems that stirring up those kinds of emotions right before a fight is the opposite of smart/professional. What with watery eyes not being conducive to success. Not that it matters, I guess, when one has top-grade Canon Sue Shielding. 😛

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    1. “Is there an ophthalmologist in the house? ’cause that sounds painful.”


      I can’t speak to the practical use of staffs over swords, but I’ve always felt staffs were more interesting to watch being wielded. It’s neat to hear that Celaena didn’t necessarily make a dumb choice here!

      And yeah, that Canon Sue Shielding is powerful stuff.

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      1. arguing the superiority of weapons is always dicey, as they are designed for different purposes, each having their strengths and weaknesses. But staves are good for quick reaction and the ability to attack and defend simultaneously.

        It’s a wonder that the military, in worlds like Caelena’s don’t actively recruit Mary Sues for exactly that reason.

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