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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140883233X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408832332
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (525 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,589 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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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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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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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2012
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I have just finished reading this book having been totally hooked since page one, so much so that I have been grabbing every spare ten minutes I have here and there to read it along with sitting up late into the night. I definitely can't improve on some of the brilliant reviews already written, of which quite a lot appear to be from long time fans of the author Sarah J Maas but I can let you know from a first time reader of her work (via this book) as to what a fantastic read this book really is. I wouldn't have known without reading about it at the end of the book that this is the author's first publication such is the quality of the writing and I certainly shall be looking out for any future installments in this series should there be any.

The book centers around an assassin named Celaena Sardothian who has been sentenced to work and die in the mines of a place called Endovier (where none escape and none rarely survive past a year) by a tyrant king who is set on taking over as many countries as he can. Celaena is given a way out of her sentence at Endovier by the tyrant king's son Prince Dorian when he comes to Endovier to enlist Celaena as his champion in an upcoming contest to become the king's champion but there is a catch...if she doesn't win the competition she will be sent straight back to Endovier but is that worse than actually being employed by the man you hate and having to carry out his wicked deeds? Celaena accepts the offer and is taken back to the capital Rifthold where she is to compete for the title of kings champion along with the other contestants. The contest starts but all is not as it seems as there is a dark evil within the castle that Celaena must work to destroy before it destroys her.
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