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Throne of Glass Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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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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Calaena is a young woman with a sad past but she fought hard to survive and continues to do so when we meet her in Throne of Glass. She is mouthy and isn't afraid to say what she wants. I love her. She is still young and she has a lot to learn but with the people helping her she will get there. I love her spirit and honestly her heart. She has not been hardened by her life as one would imagine. I could probably go on all day about my obsession with her. The girl crush is real!
I think my second favorite character from this book is Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. He has a duty that he takes very seriously but as he watches Calaena and learns more and more about her he learns that stories are not all a person is. We get to watch him grow in this book and I for one cannot wait to see him in book two!
The Crowned Prince, Dorian Havilliard. Hmm I am still pretty on the fence about this guy. Yeah, he's cute and all prince-ish but he's also a little bit of a coward in my opinion. I know it is scary and unsafe for basically every single person for him to outright defy his father but he even admits that he should be doing more than he really is. I guess we will give him a shot in book two.
Overall I loved this book, not as much as A Court of Mist and Fury because obviously Rhysand is all things but I still loved it and can't wait to start book two, Crown of Midnight, today at some point! Definitely a 5 star read for me! I am obsessed! Let me know what you guys think of this book! Or the series, but for real, no spoilers! I will catch up I swear haha!
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will be sad when it ends
I appreciated the growth and maturity we see the characters developing as the series progresses.Read more