Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

Book - 2012
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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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isharao
Nov 03, 2020

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.

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Mia_Baker
Oct 23, 2020

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!

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glumpkin
Aug 18, 2020

I don't want to write a long summary, but I think that the book was amazing!! I definitely recommend!!!!

ChristchurchTeens Aug 06, 2020

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.

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SadiqShaikh
Jul 23, 2020

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!

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blue_dolphin_8333
Jul 18, 2020

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.

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baileym29
Jun 18, 2020

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.

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red_tiger_2354
Apr 24, 2020

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.

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spiritedaway
Apr 11, 2020

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.

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Mar 23, 2019

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

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Apr 03, 2018

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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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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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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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