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Throne of Glass Paperback – May 7, 2013
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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 Audio CD 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 Audio CD edition.
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Can I just come out and say it? Celaena Sardothian is the most badass heroine that I have had the pleasure of reading about. A lot of readers have a problem with who she is, but not me. Her personality worked for her. She is the world’s most famous assassin. At eight years old she lost her family and was taken in by a man who trains assassins for a living. And, during The Throne of Glass novellas [Spoiler] she is sent of to a death camp after that same man betrays her.
Now, she gets a chance to earn her freedom back. The Crown Prince, Dorian, and captain of the Guard, Chaol have come to the salt mines of Endovier to offer her a choice. Compete in a competition to be the King’s Champion and serve for four years to earn her freedom, or stay a slave in the salt mines forever. Rather than suffer through the cruelty and starvation that she has been experiencing she decides to travel back to the kingdom with Dorian and Chaol.
The fact that Celaena has to compete with other people should worry her. She’s been a slave for the past year. She is barely a shadow of what she used to be. She is malnourished and has very little strength left. Instead, she is ready to prove herself. She spends most mornings training with Chaol to get her strength back. Even though she could beat the rest of the champions with no problem Chaol and Dorian want her to stay in the middle of the ranks and go unnoticed.
Enter the cliché love triangle that almost every YA novel has. This one is different, however. This one works. Sarah J. Maas wrote the love triangle between the three of them perfectly. It’s not over done; in fact it’s very subtle. At first there is only a spark between Dorian and Celaena. It isn’t until later (much, much later) that we start to see a spark between Chaol and Celaena. In case you were wondering I am team Chaol all the way! I love that he doesn’t realize how he feels until almost the end of the story. They aren’t suppose to work because he’s captain of the guard and she is Adarlan’s Assassin.
I loved this book and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series this year.
The story that came to life around this book was good, original, action-packed, and like I said before: better than I expected! I found that the way it developed through the pages was pretty good and entertaining, even though around the middle I felt it kind of lagged/moved slow/or however you call that. I loved the way we get introduced to our main characters at the very beginning of the book at Endovier, the mystery that danced around the glass castle; the competitors dying one by one AND OTHER STUFF, and the amazing world building and how it just kept growing and getting better, even if we get to see just a little on this first book! The action might have not been much, but I also loved every second of it! But besides all of this, what I really loved was how Celaena, after all she'd been through thanks to who she was, still managed to: fight for her freedom, have a really good humor, enjoy her life at the castle after surviving one year of suffering and hard work at Endovier, and be open to people. I mean, you don't see that in every character or person that has been through so much, right? And of course, I loved how sassy and strong and funny she was!
"She stopped and stared upward. Even from a distance, he could see the blush upon her cheeks. She seemed young--no, new. It made his chest ache."
Thanks to Sarah J. Maas' writing, I found it very easy to connect with the characters, and I loved how through the story, we don't just see Celaena's story; we also get to enjoy some glimpses through other character's POV (like Chaol or Dorian), and I loved that! Besides Celaena, the crown-prince: Dorian, and the captain of the guard: Chaol, we also get to meet: the other competitors (who I'm not mentioning to not spoil any fun), the princess of Eyllwe: Nehemia, a lady-in-waiting (who was really annoying) called Kaltain, the King, his right hand: Duke Perrington and many more! Personally, I loved every single one of them! I found that they all played their cards right and thanks to that, you end up liking everything that happens through the story.The way our 'villains' were portrayed and how they worked and everything was sooo good that I...I just--never mind...
In the end, after reading ACOTAR a couple of months ago and not loving Feyre and her story as much as I thought I would, I was scared that the same thing would happen with Celaena, but thankfully, that fear didn't come true. I loved Celaena's journey from beginning to end, even when it was laggy. Sarah J. Maas did a great job with this story, and I can't wait to continue this series and know what happens next!
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