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Throne of Glass

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Sarah J. Maas

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 28mm | 312g
  • Publication date: 2 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 140883233X
  • ISBN 13: 9781408832332
  • Sales rank: 485

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Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?

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Sarah J. Maas is a New York native who currently lives in the California desert. This is her first full-length novel to be published, though she already has a large online fan base, many of whom discovered the Throne of Glass world in its first incarnation, on www.fictionpress.com, when Sarah was just sixteen. She is a prolific blogger and you can find out more at www.sjmaas.livejournal.com.

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By Iona 28 Nov 2013 5

When people talk about this book, and Celaena they mention that she is beautiful, arrogant and girly. Not usually traits I particularly like my female protagonists to have, yet Celaena pulled it off incredibly well. I was terrified that this girl would end up like whatshername from Paranormalcy, girly and arrogant to the point of stupidity, but no. Celaena has her reasons to be arrogant; she's good at what she does and she is deadly beautiful.

You really feel for this character. Orphaned at a young age, trained in sometimes dreadful ways and then betrayed and left to rot as a slave for a year in a place most people only last a month. She has been beaten and broken and yet she remains a fighter.

I expected this to be a decent book about palace politics and a female assassin fighting for freedom, but it was so much more. It was a book about friendships, love, magic and not letting the world break you. I never expected so much depth, or magic.

The relationships between people are perfectly built. If Celaena doesn�????�???�??�?�¢??t like someone your skin crawls as well. If she befriends them you feel yourself growing attached. The relationships never feel forced, or at least they don�????�???�??�?�¢??t till right at the end. And while there is a love triangle it doesn�????�???�??�?�¢??t take president over the story itself it just develops naturally throughout.

The magic element is never really mentioned in reviews so when it became a big part of the plot I was incredibly happy and surprised. What�????�???�??�?�¢??s a good fantasy without magic? The magic here makes you feel like something bigger is going on, that Celaena has a destiny that is only hinted at throughout the book bot not revealed. This aspect will certainly make me want to read the next book.

Overall though this review isn�????�???�??�?�¢??t particularly good, it�????�???�??�?�¢??s been a long time since I�????�???�??�?�¢??ve actually done a written one, I�????�???�??�?�¢??d say the book it�????�???�??�?�¢??s self is good. It�????�???�??�?�¢??s not written in a way that makes you want to tattoo the whole thing over your body but the world building is superb, the characters are well fleshed out and the plot is all but simple. I think this book definitely deserves the reviews shining it has gotten.

I received this book in ebook form from Netgalley for review.

By Renae Hawke 26 Jul 2013 5

In Sarah J. Maas debut novel, Throne of Glass, Celaena has her first chance at freedom since being imprisoned in a salt mine slave camp for her crimes. I know what your thinking, but she wasn't wrongly imprisoned - Celaene is an assassin. So when the Crown Prince offers her freedom, she can't help but look for the catch. Prince Dorian want her to be his champion in the competition to become the kings assassin.

Maas's style of writing is really captivating. She uses the language well, with the scenes in the novel all flowing into one another and before I knew it, hours had pasted and I had a fair chunk of the novel finished. You know its good writing with a captivating plot when you lose track of time.

I though that the characters were well developed with each having their own quirks and strengths making them each their own. I did have a bit of trouble trying to figure out how to say some of the characters' names, and it wasn't until after that I found the Throne of Glass Pronunciation Guide on Maas's website. I think not being about to say a character's name is one of the most annoying thing that could happen when reading a book - especially if it is one of the main characters. I find that I either came up with my own pronunciation or just make up an entirely different name for the character. That is probably the only problem that I had with this novel.

I liked the relationships between the characters. Celaena's with Chaol had to be my favourite, probably because that neither of them could see or admit to themselves that they had feelings for one another. I found it sweet how Chaol was both terrified and memorised by Celaena and how they both fought for dominance in his mind. Now, I'm probably going to piss some people off by this next statement, but they're just going to have to such it up. I really don't like Dorian, especially with Celaena. He just seems like a total ***** to me. He doesn't like the way that his father is running the kingdom, but rather than confront him about it, he finds petty little ways to spit him - like having Celaena as his champion. And then there's the fact that he's a womaniser. Now, I'm not saying that this makes him a bad character, just the opposite. That I feel so strongly about this is a tribute to Maas's writing and her ability to make her characters get under my skin and care about them and their traits. So hats off to her!

I thought that Throne of Glass was well paced and had the perfect ratio of mystery to rate at which things were discovered and understood so that no frustration was felt at the lack of knowledge or a clueless MC that didn't figure things out until they are told. I also enjoyed the cleverly planned plot twist and the awesome fight scenes.

Maas's debut novel Throne of Glass is a wonderful start to her YA career, she blew me away with her clever plot line and dynamic characters. Excellent! Definitely a book that I recommend!

By Moodyno1 21 Jun 2013 4

Favourite Quote: "We each survive in our own way."

Going to start with the things I liked about this book. First of was the characters, I actually liked most of them which is very unusual. Celaena was a very strong heroine, which is sometimes hard to find in YA novels. She was strong, skilled, smart, funny and everything else that is needed to make a great main character. Then there was Chaol, who I loved he was a strong, loyal, caring warrior whom I was rooting for. And finally the other character I really liked was Prince Dorian who was very sweet, kind, good-looking and flirty, who wouldn't like him?! The rest of the character were okay I didn't care much for them but that may change in future novels.

I had mixed feelings on the plot. The first half of it I really loved, though the Champion tournament did remind of the Hunger Games a little, but it was unique in its own way. Then magic was introduced. I am not the biggest fan of fantasy and I never knew this was a fantasy novel. The whole magic element turned me off a little which is half the reason I rated it a 4 star instead of 5. Some of the plot it was predictable such as who was behind the mystery killings, seriously I knew straight away it was that obvious. But overall I thought the plot was very well developed and I enjoyed it.

Onto the things I didn't like, starting with the over-use of exclamation marks. This is only a minor thing but it irritated the hell out of me, seriously there was at least two in each paragraph. Another minor things were all the names that I found hard to pronounce. The only major thing I didn't like was the love triangle. I'm not a lover of those and definitely not a lover of this one. Although I liked Celaena, Dorian and Chaol individually, I didn't like Celaena and Dorian's romantic relationship it was just clich�???�??�?�© and I think they make better friends then lovers, for me there wasn't real romantic chemistry. I much prefer Chaol and Celaena.

Overall I give this book a 4/5 stars, the magic and the love triangle brought it down a star. I would recommend this to people who like historical fiction, fantasy and action novels.

By Sarah Elizabeth 10 Aug 2012 5

(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishers and Netgalley.)
18-year-old assassin Celaena has been imprisoned in the salt mines of Endovier for a year when the Crown Prince Dorian of Adarlan comes to her with a proposition - become his champion, fight against other champions to become the king's champion, and after 4 years of service - win back her freedom.
Celaena accepts; people don't last long in Endovia, and she has already outlived many by surviving a year. Thus begins Calaena's journey, only there is more to fear in Adarlan than she ever imagined.

I loved this book! I sometimes find fantasy books a bit slow and sticky, and feel like I'm having to drag myself through them - not this one though! This one is a real keeper!
Celaena is a great character - she's strong, she's independent, not afraid to stick up for herself or go for what she wants, whilst at the same time knowing her own limits, and knowing how far to push things. She's intelligent, but knows when to ask for help, and has a keen eye for detail, she's also happy to put the work in to her training, but at the same time appreciates a pretty dress as much as a fine weapon.
Celaena isn't the only character to love though, with two equally gorgeous guys falling over themselves to get at her. Dorian, the crown prince, who is drawn to her even though he knows their relationship couldn't go anywhere, and Chaol - captain of the royal guard. Both find themselves wanting to spend more and more time with Celaena, and both of them are so lovely, I really can't decide who I think Celaena should end up with!
There's more than just boys in this storyline though; we have champions, tests and duels, a foreign princess, outlawed magic, spirits of the dead, and nightmare creatures. This book is action packed, and there's not a dull moment.
If I had to be picky, I would suggest that there's not much said about Celaena's past as an assassin; we know how it happened, we know who trained her, but we don't know anything else then until she ends up at Endovia, or even how she ends up at Endovia - I wonder if this will be covered in later books or maybe in the prequels?
Anyway, that aside, this is a fantastic book, and a must-read this summer. If you have any interest in the fantasy genre at all - pick this up! You won't be disappointed!
9 out of 10.

By Suzanne Finnegan 02 Aug 2012 5

I loved this book so much. From the first page, I really like Celaena and it wasn't long before I was a big fan of Chaol and Dorian too.

The Crown Prince of Ardalan, Dorian, takes Celaena from the mines in Endovier where she's imprisoned for being the infamous "Ardalan Assassin." He wants her to compete in a competition that his father is having to find a personal assassin for the king. Dorian wants her to be his champion, and if she wins, after four years of service to the king, she will be granted her freedom. Celaena really has no choice but to agree as she knows she won't survive much longer in the mines.

The Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, takes charge of her. He helps her with her training to get back in shape and prepare for the competition, shows her around the castle and sometimes dines with her in her rooms, but always ensures that she is guarded.

I really enjoyed the banter between Chaol and Celaena, you could gradually see their opinions of each other change. Celaena had kind of a smart, funny attitude when she wanted to and Chaol was a more serious character but I loved the way they bounced off each other. Some of my favourite parts of this book were probably when they were together.

Celaena's character was a surprising one. I would have thought an infamous assassin would be rough and tough but she's completely girly and loves getting dressed up in fancy dresses. She's a beautiful, mostly pleasant, caring girl who just happens to also be a trained killer. It's not long before she's attracting the attentions of Dorian and he is flirting with her and hanging out in her rooms, much to the chagrin of Chaol. I felt there was also some attraction between Chaol and Celaena but we have to wait until the next book to see if anything progresses there. I was totally in love with Chaol and while I would have preferred for there not to be a love triangle, it didn't take from my enjoyment of the book at all.

Most of the action in this book surrounds the final test in the competition when there is only four competitors left. This was just a fantastic part that I really enjoyed. This book is an absolute page turner and it kept me entranced from start to finish. This wasn't a book I thought I would enjoy from reading the blurb, and it was the good reviews I read that pushed me to read it. I am so glad I did.

Sometimes, I love a book so much that I feel I can't write a review that will justify what an awesome book it really is. This is one of those times. So I just urge anyone who hasn't already, to pick up a copy and see for yourself how great this is.

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Epic, witty and brilliantly plotted ... I am one of the thousands of people who read this book on fictionpress several years ago and fell in love with it, and I am counting down the days until it gets published A fan on Goodreads It's not simply good, it's gorgeous and epic, and beautiful, and everything a book should be. Can't wait to get my hands on the polished version A fan on Goodreads Magic fuses every word of this book together, and I found myself loving all the characters as I got to know them. This is a beautiful read A fan on Goodreads Having waited for a long time to see on Sarah's blog that this would be published, I almost started crying when I found out it would be - the only reason I didn't was that I had gone quite numb from excitement A fan on Goodreads Like Cinderella's love story and the action and competition of The Hunger Games ... then this is the spectacular book for you! This book is going to be HUGE Dark Readers Without a doubt the best fantasy book I have ever read in my life! K-Books Review I loved everything about it, the strong-willed, kick-ass main character, the fast paced action, the plot that reeled you in but most of all the writing itself was rather astounding. I guarantee you will be blown away! Read, Write and Read Some More This is a book which I found impossible to put down and which won me over heart and soul. Dream of Books Throne of Glass is the perfect escape to a fantasy world; an epic tale with all the romance of your favorite fairy tale, the action of The Hunger Games, and the political intrigue of Game of Thrones The Examiner Adventure fantasy spiced with titillating romance The Sunday Times