Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, 1) Audio CD – Unabridged, September 2, 2014
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 2, 2014)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 10 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1491536314
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491536315
- Reading age : 12 - 14 years
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,328,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Celaena, a captured assassin, is blackmailed into participating in a competition to become the King's Champion. If she wins, she'll serve as Champion for four years and then be granted her freedom. But the road to winning the competition is filled with obstacles, not least because someone is murdering all the other contestants. As Celaena digs into the Kingdom's history, she uncovers dark magic that shouldn't exist anymore. Can she figure out how to stop it before the murderer comes for her? Oh, and the Prince is handsome, too. But she can't fall for him. Not after what his family did to her lands. Can she?
I thought Celaena was an intriguing protagonist. She has a lot of interests and she's amusing to read. She does come across as three-dimensional, but a lot of what's made her who she is seems to have happened off-page so I get the feeling I'll have to read the next three books to fully figure her out. I agree with other comments that she bounces around from being deadly and wielding swords to being girly, wearing dresses and swooning over princes. But she's also a teenager, so I think you have to take that into consideration.
The ending was satisfactory and whilst there isn't a great deal of pressure to continue reading the series, it's definitely not a stand alone. I felt like there was a good round up of the competition and the dark magic Celaena found, but yes, if you start this one, you're probably in it for the long haul.
That said, the world is well constructed and I would be happy to read on. Give it a go if you're looking to dip your toe into a strong fantasy world. (Then maybe your ankle, knee... and well, you get the picture...)
When it comes to novels based in new worlds I normally struggle to get gripped on the story, but from page one I could easily see the world Sarah masterfully created. And from page one I was hooked.
It's the kind of novel I couldn't wait to finish, but at the same time I didn't want to read it as it came to an end.
Sarah created a new world, one full of mystery and wonder. The story had me hooked so much that I went through the motions with the characters, I laughed, flushed, cringed, and cried throughout.
The third person, head-hopping writing perspective is becoming a new favourite reading style for me, it gave a broader outlook on the story as a whole, and gave a closer look at the characters.
Celaena, she wasn't what I expected, in a pleasantly surprising way. It became quite clear early on that those in her close company could only grow to love her as I did. She was written so well she didn't feel like a character in a story.
I feel like she is a good judge of character, so when she liked someone I was immediately drawn to them, and when she hated someone I felt that too.
“When she missed – well, even the fires of Hell couldn't compare to the rage that burst from her mouth.”
This has to be my favourite description of Celaena written from Dorian's point of view. I laughed, probably harder than I should have, but that moment was completely priceless.
I love Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia and Elena in equal measure. I hope to see Nox again too.
I truly cannot wait to get lost in Sarah's world once more in Crown of Midnight, also, how amazing is the cover artwork on these novels?!
Strong characters. Strong plot (leaves some of it open for book 2). Good pace. Good attention to detail. Just keep reading, I promise you will fall in love with the series.