Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

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After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2012
ISBN: 9781599906959
1599906953
Branch Call Number: TEEN F MAA
Characteristics: 406 p. : map ; 25 cm

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WoodneathAlexa
Jul 11, 2018

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
This author's books have really helped me open myself up to the fantasy genre because of her engaging writing style. This series is equally character driven and plot driven. If you like books with A LOT of really complex main characters with crazy sad back-stories...this is the series for you! She writes in 3rd person omniscient, so we get to know all of the main characters really intimately, which I love. If you enjoy books with humans, magical fae creatures, and and soul-eating demons from another world, then this is the series for you. The last book in the series comes out in October.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jun 23, 2018

Having just finished the disappointing Court of Frost and Starlight, it's a pleasure to go back and review this book and remember that Maas can actually write. There are some obvious points. I had a major plot point... that isn't revealed until book three... figured out 30% of the way into the book. The teaser for the book really plays on "Celeana Sardothien was Adarlan's most notorious assassin"....etc...etc and how the prince has released her from her incarceration in the salt mines to act as his entrant in the competition to name the King's Champion.

If you wanted the book to focus on the competition, you'll likely be disappointed. Instead, Maas focuses on developing Celeana as she regains her attitude and strength after a year of beatings and starvation. She also develops the love triangle between Celeana, the Prince and the prince's best friend and head guardsman, Chaol.

Behind the character development, Maas develops a murder mystery. Someone, or something, is killing the contestants. Magic has been outlawed, but it seems there's still magic left and someone may be using it but not controlling it very well. Celeana's snooping and the court intrigue keep this book interesting.

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Bibliozetta
Jun 23, 2018

This book's way of tossing in unpresaged events and the innocence of its supposedly hard-bitten characters didn't make any sense to me - until I managed to read the cover and get that the author was 16 when she self-published the first version of the novel. After that, I relaxed and started enjoying the 18 year old, deadly assassin and survivor of horrible traumas whose personality is somehow that of a 16 year old girl from the suburbs. Good fun.

ARAPAHOEJULIE Jun 02, 2018

This has become one of my favorite series in recent years! The story is exciting with lots of twists and turns, the characters are dynamic and complex, and the world-building is immersive. I highly recommend it!

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chm5
Jun 01, 2018

It is long, but worth reading.

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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

It took me two years to finish this book. Two years. I'm not exaggerating.

I am astonished at how bad this book is. It really should have been better. There were times when it was actually pretty decent, borderline good, but then it went and did things like this: "There was beauty in Chaol's face--and strength, and honor, and loyalty. She stopped hearing the crowd, and her mouth became dry as he stared at her. How had she missed it for so long?" only to go ahead and do this on the very next page: "Her heart jumped into a gallop, and Chaol dissolved from her thoughts, like dew beneath the morning sun. She felt bad for forgetting him--but...but...Oh, she wanted Dorian, she couldn't deny it. She wanted him."

😒😕 She literally looks at another man and forgets about the love epiphany she just had?

And she's supposed to be a very smart and very cool assassin, but she never actually assassinates anyone.

Also, I thought there was going to be a competition in this book, but there were mentions of and brief scenes from the competition but since Celaena didn't really care, I guess it wasn't worth keeping in the book, was it, Sarah J Maas?

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The world was cool though. I liked the vision parts. I liked the sleuthing and sneaking.

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lyla786
Mar 18, 2018

After reading Sarah's "A Court of Thorns of Roses" series and falling in love with them, I decided to dig into other material by my favourite author.
And boy was it a good decision!
Lot's of people told me that "Throne of Glass" wasn't a very...thrilling read. I still read it, and it was amazing!
Full of action, romance, and even a hint of comedy.
Caleana (what a beautiful name!) Sardothien is a very unique character.
I love how she loves wearing dresses and attending parties, but at the same time she wields a sword and doesn't mind a few bruises.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who thinks they are mature enough to read such content. I started reading this author's material in sixth grade.

☆☆☆☆☆

- Lyla, 13

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RebelBelle13
Jan 03, 2018

I love starting off the new year right! I've been wanting to read this book ever since I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin. I have to say, I really think that Maas is my new favorite author. I truly love everything she's written that I've read so far. Her novels are quick, her characters have true depth, and her world-building is fantastic. Celaena is sassy, self-driven and confident. She knows she's beautiful and owns it. She apologizes to no one and makes zero excuses. She is afraid, but brave in the face of death. She is skilled but not unbeatable. Yes, she might suffer a bit from YA girl syndrome, but she defies the mold enough to keep the story interesting and is different enough compared to what else is out there right now. I really do love Chaol as a character, friend, and mentor to Celaena. I don't care for Dorian, and I can't stand the king- which is exactly the way I think Maas meant us to feel. She delves just enough into the magic of the world (wyrdmarks) that it's intriguing and most definitely makes me want to pick up the next novel. The ending of this book was really no surprise to anyone, although I won't spoil it here. I've always felt the journey (and world and character building) are way more important than the ending- and Maas has us off to a fabulous start in the TOG series. On to the next!

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sajotg
Dec 16, 2017

This book got me reading 24/7. It is such a good book, it is thrilling and there is adventure. If you want a good book that you can read and never want to stop reading you have to read this book. The plot is amazing and it is so detailed. Sarah J Mass is truly an amazing writer.

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Juniper56
Sep 29, 2017

Thanks to whoever picked your nose and put your boogers all over the pages of this book.

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yuerongchen
Jul 20, 2016

"Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us---to haunt our thoughts long after we've faced them."

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“Names are not important. It's what lies inside of you that matters.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

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Fongpen
Jun 19, 2016

"I want to thank you..."
"For what?"
"...for making my freedom mean something".
- Celaena to Chaol, page 350

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Schoolgurl95
May 01, 2016

"Get up." - Chaol Westfall

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Schoolgurl95
May 01, 2016

“There was good in people - deep down, there was always a shred of good.”

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SilverFire
Aug 17, 2015

I will not be afraid.
-Celaena Sardothien

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SerenaFoster
Aug 13, 2015

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

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EricaMcKay
Jul 19, 2015

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

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3je82rs9
Oct 10, 2017

Adaraln'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.

olive_bird_01 Jul 22, 2015

Assassin Celaena must fight to the death to become the champion of the king, a man she has sworn to kill.

olive_bird_01 Jul 22, 2015

Assassin Celaena must fight to the death to become the champion of the king, a man she has sworn to kill.

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