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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 ›
At first I thought I was cringing because I had just read Seraphina (which is amazing, btw) but it soon became painfully clear that while the premise was promising (imprisoned female assassin given a chance to win her freedom in a Hunger Games style competition) the author failed to rise to the potential.
The writing is really bad.
"...cold sweat sliding down her back and pooling in the hollow between her mouth and chin."
What? I mean, I know what the author was trying to do there, but that horribly constructed sentence had me trying to picture how sweat can slide down your back and end up in... what hollow? between a mouth and chin... her neck? No? Oh wait, she means the indentation under a bottom lip? Whaaaa? Yeah, too much thinking to sort out one sentence.
On one page we had this:
"Why had they chosen such a long and inconvenient route?"
And then one paragraph later:
"Sooner than she would have liked, [they arrived at their location]"
She's bored! It's taking so long, then just kidding, they arrived super fast? Ugh. It seems like a small thing but the book is full of these. I couldn't take it. Our heroine is supposed to have been the most feared assassin the world has EVAR known. She killed like a frillion people at age 10 or whatever. At seventeen, she's obsessed with her (and others') appearances, her clothes, she wanders around aimlessly, and reads.
I skimmed through the rest and got the general idea. Cannot continue, will not read the second.
p.s. The cover art looks like a vanity illustration of the author.**
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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
An all right fantasy novel, the plot has it's nice twists and turns, and the variety of characters is all right. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Amazon Customer
The series (so far) is an extremely fresh take on some fairly typical fantasy and Y/A tropes. An evil king set on conquest and a suppressed people in need of rebellious... Read morePublished 1 day ago by kimberleelee
Throne of Glass started off as juvenile to me but I soon grew completely enrapt. The world that is built is wonderfully engaging and has elements of usual fantasy books but is... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Shelly L. W.
I feel like I just missed everything that everyone else enjoyed. I really don't know how I can review this book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by NaturalBeauty98
I tend to be hesitant to start reading YA novels. They usually all follow the same path. While ToG kind of does as well, Maas does a phenomenal job of setting herself apart. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
HANDS DOWN TO THE AMAZING SARAH J. MAAS!
This book follows the amazing assassin, Celaena Sardothien who is currently a slave at Endovier. Read more
The BEST series I have ever read. I can't wait until the next book comes up!!! Celaena takes you on an epic adventure. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Jess
I loved how the plot was character drive and the protagonist was strong and intelligent, but still portrayed as being feminine, caring about her clothes and appearance, vulnerable... Read morePublished 5 days ago by F.A. St. James