- Series: Throne of Glass
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619630346
- ISBN-13: 978-1619630345
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,620 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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At the start of the book, there was plenty of promise: a stone-cold, no-bullshit protagonist with a big reputation emerging from the land's most deadly prison, to take on the opportunity for freedom. Sounds great, right?
As one might expect from many rising YA novels, the story quickly developed from an action-survival to a light romance novel. I felt that midway through, the story became a flop with a tone that was far too lighthearted and filled with romance to match the plot of a dangerous and strenuous competition, with a raging hellbeast massacring the contestants one-by-one. Halfway through, I started to see many instances of, "You say they found a man in the hall with his innards removed? What a shame.......hey, i wonder what (boy crush #1) is up to."
Another slightly annoying detail of the story is the constant reference to the protagonist as "the assassin." It starts to lose its "umph" after reading it a thousand times, especially when "the assassin" is more of "the sort-of-assassin, on hiatus." We get it, you say she's an assassin. So show us some assassinating!
But perhaps the most irritatingly shoehorned thing to me was the love triangle, or the details of the love triangle in this book. For example: "I am going to treat this person like scum and insult them incessantly. But now I'm a sad puppy because they don't love me. Why don't they love me yet???" You see a lot of that. And it's aggravating. Because you have these royal figures hunting down a bloodthirsty beast, while acting like giddy little lovesick teenagers.
All of this being said, I couldn't bring myself to give the book just one star, because I felt it proved itself, if only slightly, by the end of the book. The conclusion was slightly satisfying, and there were some interesting plot points near the end.
But the one thought that nagged at me all the while was, "that could've been better." Yes, there's always room for improvement, but with Throne of Glass, it seemed that nearly every element had ample room for improvement.
But sure, go ahead and read it. I don't exactly regret it. But don't let the victorious cover and the promising introduction fool you completely; you may find, like me, that in the world of Calaena Sardothien, there is still much left to be desired.
This book had been in my to-be-read list for quite some time. I first got a freebie of the print-form from a book exchange. Then, I bought the audiobook so that I could listen to it at work, but the narrator's voice was unbearable. I then switched back to reading the book. It took me a while to replace the narrator's voice into my own voice.
Anyway, the story evolved on Celaena Sardorthien--an infamous assassin who had been caught and imprisoned in Endovier Salt Mine. Dorian Havilliard--the Crown Prince--contracted Celaena to be the King's Champion in exchange for her freedom. She agreed and was brought to the palace. However, in order to be the King's Champion, she needed to beat the other contenders. She practiced hard to strengthen her stamina with the help of Chaol, Captain of the Guard. On the other hand, Dorian was to make sure his champion was getting all the care that she needed. As days flew by, Dorian and Chaol had developed their feelings over the assassin while she was busy unraveling the mystery lurking in the tunnels she discovered.
The story was going along well. It comprised of action, mystery, and slight romance. Romance! Ha! Yup, this where I had a problem while reading this book. I rarely find a YA book nowadays that there's no love triangle. I could not comprehend why most authors must follow the footsteps of Stephanie Meyers. This book could be epic on its own without it. I was in the impression that this epic fantasy would bring me forth a blissful experience but rather gave me a heartache. Should I continue on to read the series? I might when I get by on my frustration. Of course, I still would want to find out if my theory on Celaena was correct--the lost princess of Terrasen--and Dorian not a true son of the King.