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
Branch Call Number: YA MAA
Characteristics: 406 pages : map ; 25 cm

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Delta_07
Jun 11, 2021

After surviving a year in the death camp of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien is prepared to do anything to be free. So when the son of her enemy comes with a way to escape, she seizes the opportunity. In order to win her freedom, Celaena must outlast 23 other seasoned warriors in a competition to become the King’s Champion. On her way to becoming champion, she makes friends and allies, but things take a turn when her competitors begin mysteriously dying, forcing Celaena to face her past and an ancient evil.
This book is a wild, fantastical ride! It is bloody, mysterious and full of intrigue. Though the plot ebbs and flows in terms of action, making it drag a little at points, the suspense makes up for it. The characters are also endearing, if not completely fleshed-out. Celaena is a unique heroine with traits that you would not expect for a female YA protagonist. Despite this, the plot felt slightly messy at times with some unexplained occurrences and unexplored references. However, this is (debatably) the first book, so there is plenty of time to explore both. One final thing that I did not enjoy was the love triangle, though people who enjoy romance in novels may be more prone to liking it. All in all, a wonderful, if not a bit messy, novel that is sure to entertain.

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Dreamstime
Apr 27, 2021

It’s been a long time since I have been so enthralled by a story: a spice of romance in small doses, character evolution from beginning to end, and a GREAT conclusion as a wonderful cap to the story.

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vonKonigsberg
Apr 20, 2021

It's a pretty by the numbers YA fantasy/dystopia, mary sue protagonist, hunky boys and all the other tropes you'd expect.

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hadlock
Apr 18, 2021

Assassin Celaena Sardothien is pulled out of slavery in the salt mines by the Crown Prince of Adarlan to compete in a contest to name the King's Assassin. She has many secrets and many more are imposed on her as she trains and competes in various tests. Meanwhile, some of the other champions are killed in savage ways and Celaena is navigating her way between the Captain of the Guard, the Crown Prince, and a princess from another land. And there are whispers of magic, which is forbidden by the king. But there is obviously magic around.

The title is puzzling until the last chapter. There is a puppy. And it never is made clear why they are having a contest when the king could have just named the one he wanted as his champion.

I doubt I will read any more of this series. I didn't like it as well as the other one.

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olive_bird_140
Apr 17, 2021

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas follows the journey of Celaena Sardothien, the best but also a stubborn assassin, when she is chosen to come out of her imprisonment in Endovier to participate in a competition to become the king’s Champion. The king is cruel and ruthless; he does not spare anyone and hurts Celaena as well. Will the young assassin choose to participate in the competition or stay in imprisonment forever? The assassin has a hot-headed and cocky personality but has endured a lot in her life, becoming an assassin when she was extremely young. New characters are introduced along the way, with strong personalities. The way the suspense is laid out makes the book a page turner and the way it is written makes you feel as if you are in the story. There are a few cringy dialogues along the way, but the storyline is extremely exciting and intriguing. I would recommend this book to matured teens who like adventurous novels and the mystery genre.

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TamLinh
Apr 16, 2021

The most notorious assassin, Celaena Sardothien
has been in the Endovier mines for one year. But when she’s finally brought into the presence of Crown Prince Dorian, she leaves her life in Endovier. However, there’s a catch: she must win the competition to become the royal assassin of the king. She trains and trains to shake the rust off of her. She finds love in the most unexpected places. And during the competition, she meets many different people, from thieves to poisoners to knights. But the competition is not what it seems to be. The competitors are dying left and right from a mysterious killer in the castle. Celaena has to find the killer...or be killed.
Sarah J. Maas is extremely intelligent in the way that she makes the characters so sophisticated. What’s more, the action and suspense in the book make it so interesting to read. There are so many characters involved that are interesting to read about. If you’re looking for a great fantasy book or series, I highly recommend reading this one.

Very solid concept, mostly compelling characters, and a distinct cover!

That said, I really wish there was more to the novel. As the first published work in the series, I was left wanting quite a bit. I wish the book was twice as long and spent more time developing its plot threads and characters a bit more. Many of the chapters average between 2 and 6 pages tops, and I feel like the author really could have written more. Plot threads are adopted quite rapidly and the train of thought followed by the main character doesn't really logically work as well as it should.

For a supposed legendary assassin of unequal skill, I was frankly a little disappointed in the display at hand, and I'm convinced a longer book could have alleviated many of my critiques. Four solid stars.

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black_dove_71
Mar 24, 2021

This was a very good read, with good action. The characters were somehow relatable which made the read that much better. This definitely satisfied the craving for a fantasy book, its exactly the kind I wanted to read. It had some mythical creatures, a strong female lead, a bit of romance, and some mystery. I definitely recommend it!

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Fantastic novel!! One of my favourite series of all time.
Incredible world building and dynamic characters, action packed and vivid scenery. You really grow attached to these characters for sure.

This is one of my favorite series, and while book 1 really hooked me, it's not even close to the twists and turns the series takes in the future. It's in this novel where we meet Celaena Sardothien and some other key characters Chaol and Dorian. The plot of the story centers around Celaena being taken from her prison and being brought to the king in order to win a challenge that could win her her freedom and secure her a job as the King's Assassin. The events are a bit predictable, but it really kicks off the series and the next books won't be what you predicted.

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Feb 08, 2021

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Mar 23, 2019

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EmberSolstice
Aug 30, 2018

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Aug 25, 2018

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She brought her mouth close to his ear. "My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered. "But it makes no difference if my name's Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I'd still beat you, no matter what you call me." She smiled at him as she stood.

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colleen_kallas
Jan 26, 2021

"Libraries were full of ideas - perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons."

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colleen_kallas
Jan 26, 2021

"We each survive in our own way."

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colleen_kallas
Jan 26, 2021

"You didn't need a weapon at all when you were born one."

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BookLover_Lizzie
Aug 09, 2020

“What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgments?” “What’s the point in having a heart if you don’t use it to spare others from the harsh judgments of your mind?”

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Anna Beyer
Jul 04, 2020

"Here's a lesson for you, Weapons master," She said stalking past him "Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I'll bother trying."
-Celeana

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Anna Beyer
Jul 04, 2020

"Mock me again, she spat at Verin, and I'll do that with me sword next time"
-Celeana

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EmberSolstice
Aug 30, 2018

"No. I can survive well enough on my own - if given the proper reading material."

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“Second place is a nice title for the first loser.”

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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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navy_turtle_237
Jul 10, 2020

Celaena Sardothien is a teenage assassin in a corrupt kingdom with a cruel and unfair ruler. She travels throughout the land discovering many unexpected allies and friends, suffering severe losses, and finding her purpose. This story follows Celaena Sardothien from her teenage to young adult life in spectacular crystal clear detail. She faces many trials, but through everything she perseveres and deals with the tasks thrown at her.

Sarah J. Maas the author of this book does such an excellent job of pulling you into another world that you will find yourself reading for hours without even noticing that any time has passed.

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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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BriDub
Dec 01, 2018

Sexual Content: The first book contains some non-sexual nudity and some sexual innuendo. By the 5th book, however, the sexual content is very explicit.

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BriDub
Dec 01, 2018

Violence: Throughout the series, there is a lot of violence, which is to be expected for a series about an assassin.

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