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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

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (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: #4,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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399 of 448 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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33 of 36 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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23 of 25 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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Assassinating? Where? August 28, 2012
Format:Hardcover
My main problem with Throne of Glass is the deceiving blurb that promises wonderful things, yet never fully delivered. I was promised an exhilarating, intriguing plot, similar to that of Poison Study, I was promised a kick-butt heroine likened to Katsa and Katniss Everdeen. The premise claimed that Throne of Glass is Game of Thrones for the teenage set. Unfortunately, for such a big-premise novel, Throne of Glass was a massive disappointment.

Like Grave Mercy, a recent 2012 read that I did not enjoy at all, Throne of Glass had the same level of superficiality and flavorless, juvenile writing. Certain sentences were formed awkwardly, and when in correspondence with uncomplicated prose, I received the overall impression that this novel was geared towards the "Y" of Young Adult.

I will admit that the plot was entertaining, and for the most part filled with thrilling games and fights, animating dialogue and character interactions. However, this book lacked intricate world-building, and variegated, sophisticated writing to make this a memorable read. As it was, Throne of Glass was only substantial. It didn't help that the plot was extremely predictable and I got the whole mystery solved 30% of the way through as well.

Along with passable world-building and writing, there was an overall fluffiness to this book that I found very unappealing. Action scenes, political intrigue, and you know, assassinating were grossly outweighed by the descriptions of gorgeous gowns, physical beauty, and handsome men. Again, this will attract many but I didn't bargain for a fantasy-lite, a term I've stolen from Tatiana after she's been using this exact phrase for quite a few YA fantasy novels published this year.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
It was such an amazing book, I loved it so much and I would definetly recommend everyone reads it as it's a true work of art!!!
Published 14 hours ago by Caitlyn Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!
I loved this book! I couldn't put it down. It was exciting and it was one of those books that keeps you guessing. I finished it in less than 2 days.
Published 20 hours ago by Caitlyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This got some really mixed reviews.

I liked it. I could accept some of the failings as naivety of age, I think there was only 1 thing about the book that really bugged... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
Love this series and encourage you to read the novellas to gain even more background knowledge on Celeana. I can't wait for the next book!
Published 1 day ago by Cortney Wenzel
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and refreshing...
It's not extremely often that a book pulls me in completely before I even finish the sample, let alone the first few pages. Bam...I was hooked. Read more
Published 2 days ago by LG
5.0 out of 5 stars REVIEW
Very strong girl who doesn't need a man to her. The world was also very captivating and interesting, as well as the characters.
Published 2 days ago by elizabeth
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!
This was a great concept, VERY poorly executed. Perhaps I expected more from this title because of all the hype.
Published 3 days ago by Jane B. Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars deadly hero
This second book was much better than first. More of her character is revealed and the co-characters also are better developed! Read on from beginning to end!
Published 3 days ago by Leslie Acevedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I love this book! The story was so good! In my opinion though Maas had a lot of story-routes to explore but I'm not sure if she has enough depth to follow through with them. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rachael Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Throne of Glass
The tale begins when we meet eighteen year old Celaena Sardothien. She is Ardarlan’s most feared Assassin. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Stephen
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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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