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Celeana, an assassin, was brought to the Crown Prince of Adarlan after spending a year at a prison, Endovier. She was offered a deal which allowed her to be the kings champion for four years and then she would be granted freedom. However to win her spot as the kings champion she must first win a competition against other assassins. Despite her hatred for the king she accepted the offer and began training to get past the elimination rounds. During her time at the castle, Celeana made both friends and enemies who either supported her or attempted to destroy her. Prince Dorian showed interest in her, Captain Westfall pushed her to succeed, and Princess Nehemia became a close friend. Meanwhile, a mysterious murder was on the loose.
This book is so amazing! A bit slow at the beginning but it gets much better. Especially for people who love Cassandra Clare, its a huge page turner that you cant look away from!
I don't want to write a long summary, but I think that the book was amazing!! I definitely recommend!!!!
The first in Sarah J Maas's very popular Throne of Glass series. Heroine Celaena is an 18 year old assassin fighting for a chance at freedom. This is a series packed with adventure, magic, murder, betrayal, romance and mystery.
Throne of Glass is a fascinating story, especially if you love the fantasy genre. An imaginative plot, amazing characters, and great humor make for an interesting read. Personally, I loved this book from the first couple of pages and ultimately ended up reading the entire series. Quite an original story and stays as one of my favorite reads of all time!
I remember I didn’t want to read this, because I got bored of the first chapter. But my friend insisted, so I read it. As I read more and more of this book, I just couldn’t put it down. It was so good. I finished reading this in two days, and I’m off for the second book. This book was so good, and such a great start to the series. It gets better as you read more and more. It makes sense why this book and series is a best seller. If you are a young adult, or a teen, and love fantasy, I really recommend reading this. You won’t regret it.
This book, and series, are the YA fantasy I was looking for at the age of 18 when all other YA novels became boring and repetitive. The world SJM creates is beautiful. The plot twists, different stories, and characters she introduces throughout the series captivate you. I felt like this series was just the right amount of "grown-up" I needed at the time while maintaining the colorful fantasy world. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels but is looking for something a little different.
Throne of Glass is an experience more than it is a book. I live it every single time I read it, and this was no exception. I love these characters with my entire heart, for so many reasons.
First off, I just have to commend SJM for the scope of this series. The world-building, the plot/storyline, the characters' growth - all of it is just so apparent after this reread. There are hints of what's to come even now, in this first book, that won't manifest for two or three books, and the planning that had to have gone into this is absolutely mind-boggling. Erilea is a world that comes off as mysterious but familiar enough that I can so easily lose myself in it. Despite that ease, I know that behind the scenes, the authorial decisions and meticulous planning are so carefully constructed, and I just want to give SJM the hugest high five. This is stunning work and I am always in awe of her.
Celaena is one of my favourite fictional characters. She's hilarious, and the dynamics between her and literally every character are so well-developed. She's always so completely herself whether she's interacting with Dorian or Chaol or the King or Nehemia, and she's multifaceted and so real to me. Dorian and Chaol are such precious babies in this first book; I forgot how hard I shipped Dorian and Celaena, and how my heart ached for Chaol with the events that take place here. And Nehemia. Sweet, angry, cunning, viciously smart Nehemia. My heart also can't handle the love I have for her. It hurt me to read Celaena's suspicions of her this time if only because I just want them to be best friends forever and live in a land where nothing hurts and everything is always fine.
I know there are numerous reviews that have said that this first book is not great while the rest of the series makes up for it. I disagree. Even upon second reading, I found this first instalment to be completely engaging and full of likeable (and not-so-likeable) characters that deal with fantastical shit that never stops coming. It does feel somewhat similar to Red Queen and the Hunger Games, but it's because it works. The structure of the plot makes it impossible to put down, and knowing everything that's coming for these characters just made me love this even more. I so admire SJM for her brilliance and creativity.
I enjoyed the world building and the character development. It took me a bit to like the main character I will admit to that. At first she is this broken being left to rot in place where most people die within weeks, but she lasted nearly a year. She's this super skilled fighter, defiant, almost rude yet deeply wounded. As the story progressed and she was no longer complaining I began to appreciate the character. I like that the author has created a female character that has had relationships in her past and does not feel ashamed for any future one. All in all I liked the book enough the read the rest of the series. For those looking more for a love story check out A Court of Thorns and Roses - the first title in the authors "Beauty and the Beast" -ish series.
Not for me and by the end, I was very weary. I wanted to like this. I wanted to see what everyone else seemed to see in this book, but I just couldn't.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass is a very promising book and a great start to the series. The novel itself takes place in world that is ruled by a king. One day a slave gone rouge was caught and brought to the king. Who gave her an intriguing proposition. If she competes and wins a competition then the king will grant her freedom, with the condition that she will become his Champion. She must defeat twenty-three murders, thieves and trained warrior to win. But, there is an evil that dwells deep within the castle, and evil that will kill. Slowly Celaena's fight to win soon becomes a fight for survival. During the competition a foreign princess becomes her friend, the Crown Prince gets close with her and so does the Captain of the Guard. The book Throne of Glass is a book loved by many. The novel itself hooks it's reader from the very first page. The writing itself I personally find to be over explanatory and lengthy as it is a bit too descriptive. The plot has all kinds of twists and turns keeping the readers attention. About the characters I find that there are too few interaction between the main three characters the Captain of the Guard, the Crown Prince and the assassin herself, but the interaction that are leave you craving more as they are so full of emotion and potential. I also dislike the fact that the book is only about the assassin's opinions, thoughts, and experiences. But, don't be discouraged because the plot, the emotion and the storyline is just amazing.
I really enjoyed this book. It was recommended by a friend and I was able to read it in one sitting.
To be honest, I'm not a big fan of high fantasy novels. Most of the time when I read one, I end up going 'meh,' and moving along. Other times, however, I'll finish a book, love it, and spend the rest of the day looking up fanart on Google.
This book falls into the second category.
Every once in a while I try a YA novel. Usually it ends with me rolling my eyes at an overblown angst-fest and predictable love-triangle, wondering why I do this to myself. Actually, I did no rolling of the eyes when it came to this novel. The heroine is very real-feeling, with a lot of inner contradictions. I like that she handled the (predictable) love triangle with as little angst as possible, and she's kind of a badass. I'm interested to see where this goes!
Such an amazing first book! It was captivating all the way through and I was constantly waiting for something huge to happen but it kept a good pace with many surprising twists and turns along the way. I really loved how the three main characters were written, they are intriguing and interesting and I also loved how the side characters were also given mysterious vibes. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Well I finally read it, and it did not disappoint. I don’t know how this book stayed off my radar for so long. It really had all the elements of everything I love in YA fantasy. Admittedly, the storyline was predictable, but for the first book in a series, it had a surprising amount of action and I remained engaged the whole way through. The main character of the story, Celaena, serves as both a heroine and an anti-heroine. She manages to be both totally hardcore and a relatable young woman. This is a difficult mix to achieve in YA fiction and I have rarely seen it done so well.
As I noted above, this book was relatively predictable, so I knocked a star off of my rating; however, after perusing reviews for the second book in the series, it seems that Maas’ character building and plot development improves dramatically in the next installment. I am really looking forward to continuing with this series!
I usually don't like fantasy books and I found this one hard to get into at first but once I did, I loved it! Plus, its part of a longer series and the each book seems to get better and better!
Good book. I liked Dorian best, Chaol as a friend, the action was good. I did like the whole Wyrdmark thing especially when it involved Nehemia. I enjoyed reading about Celaena and the competition, but Kaltain felt like someone who wanted to act yet was not in the "loop". The duke Perrington bothered my like a thorn in my side. But I feel like later he will become much more dangerous than he seems to be or is. Overall, I liked it and look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Ah. This book was a roller coaster of emotions. It was amazing. Things happen of which you’d never expect. The romance is die-hard swoon-worthy. The loyalty is always questioned. But the story has me flipping through pages like these words are oxygen.
Quick enjoyable read.
Set in a world in which magic has been banished. Except really there's magic. But it's not called magic. So that makes it not magic? :-)
Very clearly setting up for a series, this book takes its time introducing the characters. While it was obvious from the beginning that there would be a romance (most likely a triangle), the first third of the book manages to be relatively romance-free and focus more on character development. There were a few good solid friendships established - including a female-female friendship completely devoid of boy drama (because both girls have bigger issues to deal with) which I very much appreciated.
My eternal love for Les Miserables (the musical) meant that I was willing to suspend disbelief enough to sympathize with Celaena and accept that her vocation as assassin would somehow make sense in an acceptable way (rebel against evil totalitarian empire, or similar).
I plan to continue reading this the series.