- Series: Throne of Glass (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (August 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599906953
- ISBN-13: 978-1599906959
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Customer Reviews: 5,184 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Throne of Glass Hardcover – August 7, 2012
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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
From School Library Journal
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.
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Celaena, a captured assassin, is blackmailed into participating in a competition to become the King's Champion. If she wins, she'll serve as Champion for four years and then be granted her freedom. But the road to winning the competition is filled with obstacles, not least because someone is murdering all the other contestants. As Celaena digs into the Kingdom's history, she uncovers dark magic that shouldn't exist anymore. Can she figure out how to stop it before the murderer comes for her? Oh, and the Prince is handsome, too. But she can't fall for him. Not after what his family did to her lands. Can she?
I thought Celaena was an intriguing protagonist. She has a lot of interests and she's amusing to read. She does come across as three-dimensional, but a lot of what's made her who she is seems to have happened off-page so I get the feeling I'll have to read the next three books to fully figure her out. I agree with other comments that she bounces around from being deadly and wielding swords to being girly, wearing dresses and swooning over princes. But she's also a teenager, so I think you have to take that into consideration.
The ending was satisfactory and whilst there isn't a great deal of pressure to continue reading the series, it's definitely not a stand alone. I felt like there was a good round up of the competition and the dark magic Celaena found, but yes, if you start this one, you're probably in it for the long haul.
That said, the world is well constructed and I would be happy to read on. Give it a go if you're looking to dip your toe into a strong fantasy world. (Then maybe your ankle, knee... and well, you get the picture...)
When it comes to novels based in new worlds I normally struggle to get gripped on the story, but from page one I could easily see the world Sarah masterfully created. And from page one I was hooked.
It's the kind of novel I couldn't wait to finish, but at the same time I didn't want to read it as it came to an end.
Sarah created a new world, one full of mystery and wonder. The story had me hooked so much that I went through the motions with the characters, I laughed, flushed, cringed, and cried throughout.
The third person, head-hopping writing perspective is becoming a new favourite reading style for me, it gave a broader outlook on the story as a whole, and gave a closer look at the characters.
Celaena, she wasn't what I expected, in a pleasantly surprising way. It became quite clear early on that those in her close company could only grow to love her as I did. She was written so well she didn't feel like a character in a story.
I feel like she is a good judge of character, so when she liked someone I was immediately drawn to them, and when she hated someone I felt that too.
“When she missed – well, even the fires of Hell couldn't compare to the rage that burst from her mouth.”
This has to be my favourite description of Celaena written from Dorian's point of view. I laughed, probably harder than I should have, but that moment was completely priceless.
I love Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia and Elena in equal measure. I hope to see Nox again too.
I truly cannot wait to get lost in Sarah's world once more in Crown of Midnight, also, how amazing is the cover artwork on these novels?!
Strong characters. Strong plot (leaves some of it open for book 2). Good pace. Good attention to detail. Just keep reading, I promise you will fall in love with the series.
I am so glad I took her up on her recommendation as I truly loved Throne of Glass.
I have been swayed by reviews before and this series receives a fairly mixed response at times..some have lauded it and others have complained it is too slow etc etc. However, I would thoroughly recommend approaching this book with an open mind.
At 31 I am out with the target YA audience for this series but S J Maas’s world building and likeable characters had me hooked from the start. I did feel reading The Assassins Blade prior to TOG helpful as it gave me little insights to the main protagonists story which I would have missed, but it wouldn’t have affected the story if you haven’t read the prequel novellas.
What I really love about the book is that although there are love interests and some romance it isn’t about a damsel being rescued by a shining knight or even a kick ass woman ‘fighting for her man’ it has an underlying story of a woman on her own path of discovery..for her own understanding not for a relationship...and as someone that still has no clue what her own path has in store that is a message I respect and wish to continue following.
I can't believe it has taken me so long to read this series, but I have seen the error in my ways and have read it, and loved it. Celena is my new favourite character, I don't just love her, I admire for her strength, her humour and her ability to love even though she had been hurt before. I can't wait to see her character grow more in the series.
I liked Dorian and Chaol, I found them funny and charming and looking forward to what they get up to next.
But I have so many questions, what is with the mark on her forehead?
How is she seeing Elena?
What from her past is she hiding?
What happened to her parents?
Who betrayed her?
So much to know, luckily I have the second one, ready to be read.
If you are like me and where on the fence about this series, then you need to come off it and get it reading it, trust me you won't be disappointed.
Happy reading :)
All this aside I have enjoyed the book enough to want to read the next one.
Celaena Sardothien is an assassin in slavery until the Crown Prince, Dorian, pulls her out to become his champion in a competition held by his father to find the new royal assassin. Along the way, she is trained by the handsome Captain of Guard, Chaol, whilst trying to fit into the royal court. Yes, it’s a little ridiculous, but sometimes you have to shove away logic and sit back and enjoy the ride.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the love triangle. Shockingly, I am not opposed to love triangles, as over-used as they are, as long as they are done well and this wasn’t the worst one I’ve read. I liked both of the male characters, and it wasn’t blatantly obvious which one Celaena was going to pick, so my issue wasn’t with the triangle itself, but more with the number of clichés used. Up-close-and-personal-training, masquerade balls, childhood-friends-turned-love-rivals… Do I need to go on? I quickly stopped reading this as a fantasy book with a healthy dollop of romance, but as a romance with a fantasy background. Which is fine, as long as the writer knows what she’s writing.
I found both the plot and writing jumpy. It felt like Maas couldn’t decide if she wanted to write a riveting romance or an action novel, and the book wasn’t long enough to accommodate both. I found the stark contrast between cute and real romance, and grisly murders really bizarre. And the writing was painful to read. It was melodramatic, over-written, and sometimes made no sense. “Her blood grew warm and glittering” is an example of the problems I had.
Once I got past the writing and accepted the crazy premises, I actually enjoyed reading the book. I really loved the characters: Dorian was fun and Chaol serious, but most importantly both seemed like they had some depth to them. As for Celaena? I liked her character, but I didn’t feel like it fitted with her story. She was cool, witty, confident, and smart, but she didn’t strike me as an assassin. As much as I liked this version of Celaena, I wanted her to be darker and grittier, as the only way I kept on remembering that she was an assassin was because everyone kept on saying it.
Throne of Glass was a guilty pleasure for me. It was good in a bad way, and I understand why so many people love it. Despite it all, I found it really addictive and fun to read. However, if you’re looking for a more meaningful read about a teenage assassin, I would look elsewhere.
Sum It Up: Romantic fantasy, which is at sometimes a bit contrived and far-fetched, but really fun to read.