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Throne of Glass: 1 [Paperback]

Sarah J. Maas
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2 Aug 2012 Throne of Glass (Book 1)

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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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140883233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408832332
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 2012-06-08)

Without a doubt the best fantasy book I have ever read in my life! (K-Books Review 2012-05-31)

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)

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The most talked about, and unstoppable debut fantasy novel of the year, Throne of Glass is a phenomenon you absolutely can't miss

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poison Study, anyone? 11 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read probably too many Y.A. fantasy type books I'm obviously a sucker for a story well told - action and romance thrown in - I have to this is is by far the poorest written of any of the books I've read, added to the feeling I was getting a poor woman's version of Posion Study, by Maria V Snyder (a 5 star read if there ever was one). I really REALLY wanted to like it, but after a promising start (hence the 2 stars instead of 1) it quickly becomes a cliche-fest - Ms Maas seems to have written a 'paint-by-numbers' narrative; you get the feeling you've been everywhere, seen everything before, not helped by lashings of heavy-handed description. The main character, Celaena, becomes increasingly aggravating - maybe it's meant to be a cute type of snarkyness - instead of seeing her character develop through her trials and tribulations, we get almost gratuitous riffs on her feistiness, arrogance, vanity etc etc - take your pick. This girl is an ASSASSIN but all we seem to get is how she admires herself in a gown, and loves a party lol.

Ok.....it's a Y.A. novel - I expect the cliches/suspend disbelief - but it reads as a book for 15 year olds, WRITTEN by a 15 year old. The best books, for ANY age-group or genre, are always well-written and engaging. If you want to read a truly cracking Y.A. book, with a kick-ass but sentient lead character, have a look at Maria V. Snyder's Posion Study - Yelena is everything Celaena should be. And it's well written. Go on, you know you want to.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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I've been waiting for this book to be released since I read some of it on FictionPress.com more than 5 years ago. If its original hook of 'What if Cinderella had been sent to the ball to kill the prince?' had been kept, it would have made things a lot simpler. It's a great read, but not quite for the reasons it's been hyped up to be. It's an action-packed coming-of-age romance set in a fairytale world, with all the intrigues, impossibilities and archetypes that that implies.

If you like that sort of thing, buy this book. If you read and liked the original version, buy this book. You're guaranteed to love it, so I'm going to write this review for people who don't know what to expect and who are a bit hesitant or sceptical. If you believe the hype and nothing else, you might find the story a bit too much, but if you go in knowing what you should REALLY expect, you'll find it an enjoyable, perceptive, read.

The facts are these. Celaena Sardothien, previously Assassin of Adarlan, is retrieved from prison camp by Captain Chaol Westfall, to represent Crown Prince Dorian in a tournament devised by his father, the despotic king of Adarlan, to find a Royal Champion. If she succeeds, Celaena will be the king's personal assassin for 4 years before being pardoned and freed. But as well as winning the competition, there is something evil lurking in the glass castle, that Celaena must destroy...

Now, what makes Celaena a fairytale heroine rather than a kick-ass warrior?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas 1 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas received some pretty spectacular reviews prior to its recent release. Based upon these reviews, I went out and purchased a paper copy of the book, something I rarely do as I usually purchasing ebooks. My bookshelves are reserved for keepers and based upon the reviews I figured Throne of Glass would be a keeper. Unfortunately Throne of Glass didn't live up to the hype. Whilst it wasn't a bad book or anything like that, I was disappointed.

Throne of Glass tells the story of Celaena Sardothien a master assassin who has been imprisoned as a slave in a salt mine following a betrayal. Celaena has survived for a year in the brutal environment of the salt-mine where the average life expectancy is1 month. Her life is pretty bleak when the crown prince of Adarlan offers her a chance of freedom. If she competes and wins a competition to become the Kings Champion, she will eventually gain pardon and her freedom. The stinger is, should she fail, she will be returned to the salt-mines, plus her competition are the most gifted thieves and assassins in Adarlan.

My biggest gripe with Throne of Glass was the inconsistencies with both the world and the characters. Celaena was a mass of contradictions. She's billed as a master assassin with a heart of ice and a will of steel but I found her to be a teenager girl fixated on the cute guys surrounding her instead of her rather awful situation. Yes, she's a kick-ass fighter but she's also pretty soft hearted. According to the story, she has lived a difficult life but IMO I thought it had little impact on her - she opens up emotionally to those who have imprisoned her quite easily and wants to believe the best of her friends. Surely, such a difficult life would affect Celaena's ability to trust.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book was I an all right YA read, but it didn't live up to it's hype or that cool cover—the one with the dangerous looking hunting knives, not the sweet sixteen (which actually does match the tone of the book, to my disappointment). Do me a favor, open a new tab and do a quick image search. Find both copies and have a look. They give totally different impressions of what the book will be like.

I like and wanted a gritty, tough assassin-woman and the first cover promises that. I'm not all that fond of sensitive, if skilled, teenage girls slowly falling in love. The second cover could easily relay that...Of the two the second cover is far more appropriate for the book.

And you know what? I wouldn't have picked it up. Just goes to show the importance of a book's cover. I COMPLETELY read this book because the version I got my hands on has the first one and the awesome cover pulled me in. I was fooled.

Here's an example of what I mean. Celaena is said to have been the best and most notorious assassin in all of the kingdom. However, in the course of the book we NEVER (not once!) see her act as an assassin. The closest she comes is using that skill (which we're repeatedly told she has but almost never see) to save someone's life. At ~85% there is finally a fight scene, but due to extenuating circumstances she's not even in peak condition for it. So, her as an assassin really was an existential thing.

As a result, I found Celaena COMPLETELY unbelievable as an assassin. Because, as I said, we almost never see her act like an assassin (you know, killing anyone or even perpetrating violence of any sort).
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