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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, 1) Paperback – May 7, 2013
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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
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“Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and its sequels or the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both in Maas's strong debut novel. . . . The verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A teenage assassin, a rebel princess, menacing gargoyles, supernatural portals and a glass castle prove to be as thrilling as they sound. . . . Celaena is still just a teenager trying to forge her way, giving the story timelessness. This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a tale full of surprises and shadows, where deadly seeds are sown with the promise of more danger to come. A fascinating glimpse into the dark side of Cinderella.” ―Colleen Houck, the NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger's Curse series
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- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1619630346
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619630345
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : HL790L
- Grade level : 9 - 12
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.55 x 1.13 x 8.28 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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?!
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...)
Out of the blue, she is summoned by the Prince of Adarlan who offers her freedom provided she wins a competition to become the King's champion. If she beats the other contestants across the gruelling tests, she will become the King's assassin for a number of years before she finds herself free. Faced with sure death or a chance a freedom, Celaena knows this is her only choice.
Training and enduring the tests at the castle don't seem to be going too badly for Celaena, however one day one of the competitors is found dead with no explanation.
Celaena now not only needs to win the competition, but also avoid facing the same death as her fellow competitor faced and see if she can uncover what is going on.
OK - so I didn't love this book and I'm really sad about it. Having loved Sarah J. Maas' ACOTAR series, I had seriously high hopes and I think that perhaps nothing will ever compare for me!
Celaena is supposed to be a well known assassin, the best of the best who has trained from a very young age. However, I really didn't see that in her character, she soon became consumed with the fancy gowns and life she was living with two handsome men and very quickly seemed to forget her assassin type nature. Early on in the book, it was made very clear how beautiful Celaena was... this was repeatedly made clear throughout! It seemed she was so beautiful that people (including herself!) forgot how dangerous she was and Celaena even got to the stage she was smug with it that when someone didn't make it clear that they found her beautiful, she didn't know what to make of it! I was not a fan of this side of her character.
The book felt a little slow for me to begin with, a lot of character and scene development which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I needed more to happen. Things did happen, but nothing grabbed me until about 60% of the way through which, in my opinion, is a little TOO slow.
I enjoyed the last 40% or so of the book and know I will read the next one as I'm keen to find out where the story goes next! Not my favourite but I hope I will like it more as I read the series further.