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Throne of Glass [Kindle Edition]

Sarah J. Maas
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Book Description

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


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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

From School Library Journal

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (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: #959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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490 of 546 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meet Celaena Sardothien, Assassin Barbie August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
You know what the biggest problem with THRONE OF GLASS is? False advertising.

I was desperate to get my hands on this book thanks to Netgalley marketing copy that advertised it as "the teen girl version of Game of Thrones." The protagonist, Celaena, is a talented assassin and the blurb promised all kinds of intrigue and scheming with a dash of romance to lighten things up. And the book opens with the kind of dilemma I relish - Celaena gets the opportunity to escape the terrible death camp where she's been imprisoned, but only if she agrees to participate in a brutal competion, knowing that victory wins her the right to...use her deadly skills on behalf of the King, a brutal bully she loathes.

To me, the blurb, the storyline, the assassin protagonist, the comparison to Game of Thrones promised certain things. A book you'd describe, overall, as grim or dark or edgy. A rock-paper-scissors world with competing factions instead of a good-vs-evil conflict. A moral landscape all in gray, where nobody's black and nobody's white.

Buyer beware: THRONE OF GLASS does not contain any of those things.

If I were going to describe THRONE OF GLASS I'd use different terms. I'd say it's more like...Kristen Cashore's GRACELING meets EVER AFTER, that Cinderella movie with Drew Barrymore, or Turner's THIEF OF ATTOLIA put into a blender with the TWILIGHT books. Maybe THE HUNGER GAMES crossed with HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL. Because, yes, there's a scary medieval style fantasy world and a brutal king and political rebellion. The heroine really is an assassin and she's got all kinds of mad martial skills. There's a competition, and people die, and the final battle at the end of THRONE OF GLASS is seriously epic.
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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Twice. October 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
Twice.
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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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More fluff than tough August 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really tried to give this book a chance, but after getting 3/4 of the way through I just couldn't handle any more. There are very few books I just can't get through to find out what happens, but by this point I just didn't care any more. The characters were not likeable, their motivation and character seemed to change every chapter, and more than once I wanted to shout at them to get some backbone. The main character as an assasin was utterly laughable, and even when trying to leave any sense of her as the toughest chick in the land aside, she came across as shallow, flighty, and unfocused. The scene where they take a break from the medeival setting to play pool was utterly ridiculous. It feels as though the author had a bunch of partially written ideas sitting around and tried to cram them all into one novel. Very disappointed that the book was not at all as advertised - the fluff to tough ratio was way off for me.
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86 of 103 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA fantasy that reminded me of Graceling and The Hunger...
I'm both sad that this book is over and ecstatic that there are more in this series!

This story was sorta The Hunger Games meets Graceling, and followed Celaena, the... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Kate Lansing
5.0 out of 5 stars curls and bows verses the powers of evil.
A struggle to make the best of a rather dismal situation.
Published 3 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Loved it! The girl is actually awesome. It's not some sappy rescue story. Makes me want to hit the gym.
Published 9 hours ago by hnoffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Much better than the first book. It's taken a hard corner into solid urban fantasy. Fantastic read.
Published 18 hours ago by Tammi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great book can't wait to series
Published 1 day ago by paige
4.0 out of 5 stars Celaena is bad A$$
I'm not a 17 year old girl but I love this (anti-hero, she is an assassin after all) heroin. She is deeply written and very complex as well as broken inside from a horrible life. Read more
Published 1 day ago by M. Friedman
3.0 out of 5 stars 2nd half rocked!
Read from September 07 to 11, 2014

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Overall Rating: 3.50
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Published 2 days ago by Felicia The Geeky Blogger
5.0 out of 5 stars I am really enjoying this series.
I am really enjoying this series. If you have not read it please do you will not regret it
Published 2 days ago by Loretta Van Raper-Addy
5.0 out of 5 stars The unique setting and dynamic characters make for a compelling novel!
Pros: Unique setting and dynamic characters
Cons: Love triangle, slow plot initially

After finding Throne of Glass on a blog post about fairy tale retellings, I... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Abbegail Lovette
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasantly surprised
I started reading this book simply because it showed up as a suggestion on my Kindle. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it was written and how quickly the story and characters... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Stacee Wright
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Sarah J. Maas was born and raised in New York City, but after graduating from Hamilton College in 2008, she moved to Southern California. She's always been just a tad obsessed with fairy-tales and folklore, though she'd MUCH rather be the one slaying the dragon (instead of the damsel in distress). When she's not busy writing, she can be found geeking out over things like Han Solo, gaudy nail polish, and ballet.

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