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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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Here, I couldn't get a grasp on Celeana's personality. She has a background that seems incompatible with her thought patterns and actions we see during the story, and for me, she precariously balances on the unbelievability line. She's supposed to be a widely renowned assassin trained from childhood, who endured much hardship including a year as a slave, yet after a few chapters, it all somehow disspiates. And although I understand the author wanted to show us she's more than that, that despite all there's still goodness and positiveness in her, I don't think it was executed as good as it could. (Feyre's much better defined and believable, although she too has a hard bg story, and here too, the author wanted to show us she's more than that)
Another complaint I have is against the court life in the castle. It seemed painted with too broad strokes. While you could recognize the shapes and colours of what it tried to present, the moment you looked too close it all turns into blurred mess. There seemed to be little consequence to minor characters like guards, there's practically no mention of the staff and/or servants. There's no guards/servants gossip going on. Nobody cares. Celaena walks about the castle and the park with Nehemia and there's no encounters with other castle-dwellers. Except for Kaltain and Perrington, the aristocracy and courtiers exist only at the feasts and balls. The Champion Tournament is supposed to be a hush-hush, and I remember reading a passage how even the queen has no idea what's going on, yet the final duel is held outside on the castle grounds in the king's presence. It all gives an impression of a faded, stitched-once-too-many-times tapestry. And then there's the Philippa woman, who I seriously have no idea why the author even bothered to include in this story since we saw her in about four randomly selected scenes. She was the devide that was needed to bring the dress and the mask for the ball and that's basically it. I haven't seen any plausible relationship building between her and Celaena. Any noticeable presence on a daily basis. (this is very different with Alys in ACOTAR)
This brings me to Chaol, who I understand is very young for having been appointed the captain of the guard, but this does not help when all I see is just a male character with randomly applied title. He doesn't feel like the man in the position he's supposed to hold. He could've been anybody else in the palace, but happened to be made the captain, because it was the excuse the author needed to make him interact with Celaena.
That being said, I probably will read the next book, if only to check if the world and characters become more solid and defined, as I understand this book was written in 2012 and it was the first break for the author. But that will be the only chance I'm willing to give this series
OK so this book begins with Celeana being locked up in Endovier for the past year. And the prince and his Captain of the Guard go to offer her a choice: to be his fighter to participate in a royal contest to be the Kings Champion or she can stay in the salt mine prison. She jumps at the chance to win her freedom and to be the killer that she is so feared as, an assassin, all she has to do is be the last person standing. But along the way people are ending up dead. This book has everything you would want from an Assassins meets Cinderella. It has Secret Passages, ghosts, magic, action.. omg so much action, romance, but not as much as you would have thought. I love how this book seamlessly takes the plot lines that began in the novellas and picked them up and just weaved them into the new plot.
Now Celaena, a very young assassin, is 16 or 17, I think many people who dislike this book forget this. They pretend that at that age you are mature and all of your priorities are straight. Well they are not and I think Maas did an amazing job portraying this accurately. I had to remind myself how old she was supposed to be. And even if she had been through so much in her short life I that she still seems to act her age. She owns her damaged self and doesn't let you pity her. She doesn't let the bad things that have happen to her break her or own her. That is my favorite part about her. She takes her life by the horns and keeps going. Bigger and better than ever. I love how cocky, practical, sarcastic she was and her sense of humor.
"My name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid."
The ending, the world, the characters, the story though... no words. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I just ask you keep in mind the character is 16-17 and will act like one. Everyone is hiding something and there is plenty of action, along with a brief love triangle. Everything that makes a YA book well, a young adult book. As the story grows so does the characters and the story and before you know it you will be so engrossed you cannot put it down.