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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Celaena is Adarlan's most fearsome and leathal assassin. Trapped in the salt mines of Endovier, she has learned to look over her back. Until she is summoned to be the King's champion by the Crown Prince of Adarlan himself. She is to prove herself against other champions and if she manages to win , she will be free...for a price. Pulled from tbe life she knows, she is thrown into a court where everyone is her enemy.
Will she manage to win? And what secrets does the glass castle hold?
I loved the character development and world building in this book. I loved all the characters but my favorites were Celaena, Chaol and Nehemia. I love how the author incorporated her female assassin theme with magic. I loved how she built friendship between different people.
I cannot wait to see what happens next.
I recommend this to all fantasy lovers!
Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable read. Despite there being a few instances of thin plot ("but why wouldn't they just do this?", or "how could that be if earlier they said this?"), the story is fun enough that you are willing to overlook these occasional things, which were fairly minor. I was definitely impressed with the writing now and again, the author has a wonderful way with words at times.
One issue that other reviewers have pointed out deals with the main character, Celaena. She spends an awful lot of time thinking about all the crazy badass things she would do to her enemies, but we rarely see any evidence that she actually would or could. We finally get to see her fight, in just 2 scenes that don't come until well into the book. And although she thinks of all these violent things she's tempted to do, what she actually does a lot of is preening over pretty dresses and melting for puppies. And I have no problem with that - I truly liked Celaena, but most of the time she did seem glaringly inconsistent with what the narration tried to claim she was really like.
There are sparks of potential romance here, and the scenes between Celaena and Dorian and Celaena and Chaol were my favorites. Amusing banter, believable emotion. The overarching story of the competition and dark magic was interesting, but it was Celaena's evolving relationships with other people that really caught my interest.
That being said - READ IT. That series gets better book after book, and in spite of its flaws, it does introduce us to the world and characters.
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