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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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Throughout the book, the author fails to demonstrate that she has the slightest understanding of what would be involved in becoming the sort of character that her heroine is supposed to be. The author's desire to invent a character with whom her target audience can identify means that she portrays a teenage bookworm, concerned first and foremost with how she is perceived by the young men she encounters who -- naturally -- has some kick-ass abilities which they cannot immediately see. In short, the book presents some romantic sanitised Disney notion of "assassin", rather than any realistic portrayal of what the word means and entails.Read more ›
Calaena is the worlds greatest assassin. She's been locked away as a prisoner in the salt mines for the last year, but the fickle hand of fate has given her an opportunity for freedom. All she needs to do is participate in a tournament and kill about 20 other people in order to become the King's Champion. Hey, it sounds good to me. Let's do this thing. But then we learn that Calaena is only 19yo and I have my first Believability Crisis with this story ... but I shove it down deep inside and move onward, secure in knowing that there must be a hell of a backstory since this thing has been so incredibly well reviewed.
We then get to the King's Castle and this tale rapidly degenerates into a Disney Story. Seriously. Calaena shows none of the attributes of a hardened killer - instead she has a crush on the Prince. Which is returned. She also has a crush on the Prince's best friend. Which is also returned. Girlish giggles ensue, and the World's Greatest Assassin receives a puppy as a gift, which she coos over. A FREAKING PUPPY. What happened to the character who killed 23 guards with a pick-axe before leaving the salt mines? Where is that badass? I don't know, but she's not here.
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I stopped reading this story after the climactic battle between the two tournament finalists because it encapsulated everything wrong with this novel. Having beaten the man who has been magically eviscerating the other contestants she "struggles to hold back from killing him" despite the fact that he has knowledge that will potentially destroy her. What? Why is the Worlds Greatest Assassin having a moral dilemma? Just kill him, already.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of telling with very little showing. The heroine talks incessantly about being a world class assassin but never demonstrates it. In fact she comes off as rather immature. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by SunnyDay
This book is just.... not good. It's about a badass assassin who we never even get to see BE an assassin. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Xitlaly Rojo
This was such a fantastic read! I usually don't like authors who write in second or third person but I enjoyed this book so much that I didn't care! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Nate Millheim
I cannot express my love of this series enough. Sarah J. Maas is amazing. Her characters have very real personailties-in fact you might not like everyone at first but I promise... Read morePublished 3 days ago by BellaNova
It was a wonderful beginning. The writing is smooth the story carries you flawlessly and you just auto buy the next one! Lovely book awesome tale captivating.Published 3 days ago by Chrissy
This is the first book in the series. A must read first to understand the heroine's background .Published 4 days ago by Kathleen Bruce
Great writing and a good story line...a bit to much of a love story and not enough action. The main character is an assassin, I expected more assassinating from herPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer