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, c2012
ISBN: 9781619630345
9781599906959
1599906953
Branch Call Number: YF Maas
Characteristics: 406 p. : map ; 25 cm

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jul 02, 2016

Celaena was an assassin before being captured, and has to be ruthless in order to gain her freedom. Celaena observes the politics of the castle as she fights to become the King’s Champion. This is a great introduction to the series, with a lot of interesting characters to follow in the next books.


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hannmsha
Feb 14, 2018

I'm not going to lie--this book had one heck of a rocky start. The premise is fantastic, but the execution at least for the first half missed the mark. The writing was very amateur; clearly a debut novel. The entire thing screamed amateur YA fantasy and after the first chapter, I wasn't sure I would make it through the whole book... (Luckily, things picked up after a while, but we'll get to that later)

As for the protagonist, Celaena, I started off hating her. I have never encountered a protagonist so gosh darn annoying in all of my reading. She was entirely too full of herself, which would have been just dandy if she actually consistently proved that she's just as good as she thinks she is. Furthermore, she gets overly offended when those around her don't treat her like the golden snowflake she perceives herself as. I found myself rolling my eyes and wishing she would just. shut. up. She constantly contradicted herself and was a huge hypocrite. Her hyperfocus on her appearance was immensely irritating, to say the least. But like I said, at some unidentified point about 50% thru, everything magically got better. Celaena became far more enjoyable, and I found myself actually liking this character that I had just spent the whole book hating. What I had perceived as her women-hatred actually had its own sort of back-story. Kaltain had seemed like an excuse from SJM to have the Special Protagonist Female hate other females, and I just wasn't there for it. But Nehemiah came in (god bless her), and by the end of the book, everything with Kaltain made sense. While the writing of Celaena was super annoying for a while a lot of her flaws and such really came to light as a part of her character, and while I still think the first half was bad, a lot of things about her did click into place.

As for the other characters; I'm close to in love with Dorian, Chaol, and Nehemiah. I especially adored Chaol in the beginning when he was constantly putting Celaena in her place, calling her out on her arrogance and whining--oh, bless! (view spoiler)

The characters were a bit predictable overall, but less so than I might have expected. I greatly enjoyed watching the characters (especially Celaena) develop over the course of this book, and look forward to seeing how they grow throughout the series, as well as an improvement in writing. From everything I've heard, the books get exponentially better as the series continues. (I'm crossing my fingers that Celaena continues to get exponentially less annoying!)

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RebelBelle13
Jan 03, 2018

I love starting off the new year right! I've been wanting to read this book ever since I finished A Court of Wings and Ruin. I have to say, I really think that Maas is my new favorite author. I truly love everything she's written that I've read so far. Her novels are quick, her characters have true depth, and her world-building is fantastic. Celaena is sassy, self-driven and confident. She knows she's beautiful and owns it. She apologizes to no one and makes zero excuses. She is afraid, but brave in the face of death. She is skilled but not unbeatable. Yes, she might suffer a bit from YA girl syndrome, but she defies the mold enough to keep the story interesting and is different enough compared to what else is out there right now. I really do love Chaol as a character, friend, and mentor to Celaena. I don't care for Dorian, and I can't stand the king- which is exactly the way I think Maas meant us to feel. She delves just enough into the magic of the world (wyrdmarks) that it's intriguing and most definitely makes me want to pick up the next novel. The ending of this book was really no surprise to anyone, although I won't spoil it here. I've always felt the journey (and world and character building) are way more important than the ending- and Maas has us off to a fabulous start in the TOG series. On to the next!

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sajotg
Dec 16, 2017

This book got me reading 24/7. It is such a good book, it is thrilling and there is adventure. If you want a good book that you can read and never want to stop reading you have to read this book. The plot is amazing and it is so detailed. Sarah J Mass is truly an amazing writer.

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Juniper56
Sep 29, 2017

Thanks to whoever picked your nose and put your boogers all over the pages of this book.

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annapickles
Sep 26, 2017

This got me sitting on the edge of my seat. It is filled with Gory, Suspense, Romance, and a whole lot of sarcasm.

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hadisyed_0
Sep 26, 2017

well made plot, however the characters seemed immature for their character designation, as a world class assassin seemed much like a fourteen-year old girl

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AwesomeNadja
Jul 31, 2017

WARNING: Not for people who dislike good books!

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karen_qin
Jul 12, 2017

SPOILER ALERT. THEre is a cliffhanger at the end of the seind book. this series is amazing

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brown_monkey_502
Jul 10, 2017

The Throne of Glass is one of my favorite books! It's action-packed, gory, based on a different world, and romantic. Celaena Sardorthien, the main protaginist, is a notorious assassin. she is swift, deadly, and heartless. She has been summoned to the castle by the King of Adarlan, whom she despises. The king says he will release her on one condition: Celaena must participate in a contest. a contest against twenty-one thieves, murderers, assassins, and prisoners. If she wins this fight to the death competition, she will gain her freedom and be titled as the King's Champion. Will the once deadly assassin participate in this bloodbath? For her freedom? A new life?

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MildredW328
Jul 07, 2017

THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!! I would recommend this book to teens. This book has such a thrilling story behind that cover. Celaena is a assassin who is trying to be the King's Champion. I won't write more because I don't want to spoil the book to the readers. But I warn readers who cannot stand very gory and violent books so I recommend this book to people who are open minded to everything.

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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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Schoolgurl95
May 01, 2016

"Get up." - Chaol Westfall

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Schoolgurl95
May 01, 2016

“There was good in people - deep down, there was always a shred of good.”

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SilverFire
Aug 17, 2015

I will not be afraid.
-Celaena Sardothien

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SerenaFoster
Aug 13, 2015

“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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EricaMcKay
Jul 19, 2015

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

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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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