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Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, August 2012: Adarlan’s Assassin was the most feared killer in the world--until she was captured and sent to a prison labor camp to rot. But when the Prince needs a skilled fighter to battle in the royal court and become the King’s Champion, he pulls the assassin out of prison only to find she is a blonde 18-year-old girl. Celaena is as beautiful as she is deadly and she jumps at the chance to earn her freedom. Her mission seems straightforward: be the last (wo)man standing at the end of the competition. What she doesn’t expect is to develop feelings for the two men protecting her and to make an unlikely ally in a princess. Sarah J. Maas’ debut is stunning from beginning to end. Throne of Glass stands-out because of its memorable setting (there is actually a castle made of glass), strong characters, and continuous heart-stopping action sequences. Celaena is a heroine as memorable for her fighting abilities as she is for her quick wit and large heart and I can’t wait to see her grow and change throughout this exciting new series. --Caley Anderson

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Gr 9 Up-Celaena Sardothien may be young in years, but she has seen more than most men twice her age. She was raised to be an assassin and until her capture and imprisonment in the salt mines of Endovier, she was known as the Assassin of Adarlan and feared the world over. No one lasts long in the mines, and when she is offered the possibility of release in exchange for a mandatory, four-year conscription as a hired assassin to the king who conquered and enslaved her people, she has no choice but to comply and play a brutal game to win back the chance at freedom. In order to succeed she needs to outfight, outplay, and outlast 23 men in a competition that many would not survive. There are other forces at work as well: an ancient and outlawed magic that she doesn't understand; fellow competitors turning up murdered; and the three very different men who are attracted to her and frightened by her. Maas has created a strong and sympathetic character in Celaena, who is able to best men in a fight but is laid low by the return of her monthly cycle. The world-building is complex, as is the political intrigue. Fans of Tamora Pierce will find a lot to love here and will wait eagerly for the next installment.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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  • File Size: 3104 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N6JEII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series. A New York City native, Sarah currently lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and dog.

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366 of 444 people found the following review helpful By Helen Taylor on October 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've read this twice. The first time, I started with good intentions, then ended up not finishing it and gladly giving Throne of Glass one big fat star.
The second time; I was practically forced by my friends who loved it. They continuously told me that I had to read it again, that the first time I just didn't understand it. That I had to read it, start to finish. (I actually stopped reading it, but my friends bullied me into reading the last few pages. Mean, I know.)
And here I am.

Throne of Glass was filled with great potential, really it was. From the blurb, I knew the Hunger Games somehow merged with A Game of Thrones with assassin-sprinkles on top. And with the fantastic buzz, the raving reviews that were practically farting rainbows with positivity, and the movie surrounding it, it seemed to me that Sarah Maas had made the greatest thing since the slice pan.
Oh how wrong was I.

Straight off the bat, I hated Celaena. This was possibly the biggest of issues - because you shouldn't wish the main character to be eaten by a monster, or fall off the castle wall and splatter on the ground below like a squashed pumpkin. The so called Ardalan's greatest Assassin has the ego the size of America. Practically in every freaking page she was prancing around saying "Oh, look at how great I am. I am Ardalan's Assassin. I have trained with the Silent Assassins of the Red Desert and can defeat anyone with literally my glace and did I mention how ugly I am but I'm actually stunning? And look what I've accomplished and I'm only 19 years old and I'm so tough and lasers can shot from the cheeks of my butt -"
Girl, stop. Stop before I force myself into this book and kill you with my hands. You know what, Celeana? Show us.
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93 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on September 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've never reviewed a book on Amazon before but just had to express my frustration with this one. it was a struggle getting through the middle part, I mean this girl is supposed to be an assassin but acts like a giggly teenager. How are people sneaking in and giving the "queen of the underworld" CANDY?! Not to mention how many times Dorian comes into her room and she doesn't notice. I was expecting a badass female character, not this silly girl who gets excited over freakin candy and a wimpy prince. Think I'll reread the Wolfwalker series to wash the stupidity of this book out of my brain
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136 of 165 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There are few beautiful things in this world. This is one of them.

That right there was my ONLY Goodreads status update over more than 400 pages of reading. I read this in one day, in nearly one sitting. (It would have been one sitting if my dad hadn't interrupted with things supposedly more important. There is nothing more important than this.) This book was impossible to put down right from the get-go.

The main character of Celaena is initially very stiff. For the first few pages, I was wondering if I was going to like her at all. Then she opens her mouth to speak and the snark pours out and I decided I wanted to be her best friend. I found it wonderful how her character unfolds over the course of the novel, and you find out more and more about her as the pages go past. Even in the end of the book, you're finding out a few more things that add loads of depth to her character and yet add more questions that need to be answered. Despite having no idea what it would be like to live her life, I found myself connecting with her all the same.

Originally, I wasn't very excited by the idea of a love triangle forming between Celaena, Dorian and Chaol (or Captain Westfall, as the blurb names him). After all, you know how I feel about love triangles. (Hint: I hate them.) However, this one wasn't badly done. Celaena is absolutely NOT a air-headed girl, and the guys played it out nicely. There was no brooding testosterone match. Plus, the love triangle was hardly the focus of the book AND it ended interestingly. So yes, believe it or not, I have found a love triangle I approve of.

No, pigs are not flying. Yet.

I had heard this world likened to that of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones, and I can certainly see why.
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73 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Bookphile VINE VOICE on March 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read a lot of books and write a lot of reviews, and sometimes books provoke such strong emotions in me that I either write one long, gushing review about how awesome it is or one long, ranting review about how terrible I thought it was. I'm afraid this book falls into the latter category, for multiple reasons. Fair warning: I may use a lot of spoilers in this review.

I feel like I should preface this by saying that I find fantasy a problematic genre in general. I either seem to really like the fantasy books I read or to vehemently dislike them. I think this is because fantasy is a genre that's prone to falling into some traps that other genres seem to avoid more easily. Throne of Glass, I'm afraid, falls into one of the biggest fantasy traps of all: the Mary Sue.

The first chapter of this book excited me, really excited me. I was sure I was onto something. A notorious female assassin who refuses to be intimidated by her captors? Sign me up! I was excited to find out all about what makes Celaena awesome. The problem? I never did find out. Oh, Celaena was sure to brag on and on and on about how great she was, but never once did she bring it and prove that what she said had any modicum of truth. Lady, next time at least have the tact to humblebrag, will ya? It didn't take long for me to actively dislike Celaena, and making a reader actively dislike the protagonist is not good unless you've made your character terribly flawed on purpose. This, sadly, is not the case with Celaena. It didn't matter that she had the nastiest manners imaginable, that she was downright mean to other characters at times, that she acted like everyone in the story existed to see to her every whim, I was supposed to root for her. No.
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