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Throne of Glass Hardcover – August 7, 2012

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Book 1 of 4 in the Throne of Glass Series

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Throne of Glass (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599906953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599906959
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,009 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Throne of Glass" is the much vaunted début novel by Sarah J. Maas. The publishers make much of the fact that the story has had a ten-year gestation period since the author shared its first draft with the world on FictionPress.com. It is disappointing, then, that for all its honing, the book still reads as though it was written not only for teenagers but also by one. For while the author may have matured her writing style and narrative structures to the point where these cannot really be faulted, the book still retains one glaring feature of story-telling immaturity: a complete absence of understanding of her purported core subject matter. For all that this book purports to be an action fantasy novel about a teenage assassin with a "heart of ice and will of steel", the sad fact is that it is actually a plodding courtly romance, featuring an undisciplined, blushing teenager, with a great interest in eating candy, wearing posh frocks, attending parties and staying up all night reading romantic stories than in actually achieving the freedom she supposedly aspires to above all else.

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.
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I'm amazed this novel received 4.5 stars. Just stunned. Here's the background:

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.

** SPOILERS **

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.
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By Helen Taylor on 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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