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, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781599906959
1599906953
Branch Call Number: FICTION (TEEN) Maas, Sarah J
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 25 cm

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Kstobo Oct 16, 2019

Every once in a while I try a YA novel. Usually it ends with me rolling my eyes at an overblown angst-fest and predictable love-triangle, wondering why I do this to myself. Actually, I did no rolling of the eyes when it came to this novel. The heroine is very real-feeling, with a lot of inner contradictions. I like that she handled the (predictable) love triangle with as little angst as possible, and she's kind of a badass. I'm interested to see where this goes!

LoganLib_Aavishka Oct 11, 2019

Such an amazing first book! It was captivating all the way through and I was constantly waiting for something huge to happen but it kept a good pace with many surprising twists and turns along the way. I really loved how the three main characters were written, they are intriguing and interesting and I also loved how the side characters were also given mysterious vibes. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

Well I finally read it, and it did not disappoint. I don’t know how this book stayed off my radar for so long. It really had all the elements of everything I love in YA fantasy. Admittedly, the storyline was predictable, but for the first book in a series, it had a surprising amount of action and I remained engaged the whole way through. The main character of the story, Celaena, serves as both a heroine and an anti-heroine. She manages to be both totally hardcore and a relatable young woman. This is a difficult mix to achieve in YA fiction and I have rarely seen it done so well.

As I noted above, this book was relatively predictable, so I knocked a star off of my rating; however, after perusing reviews for the second book in the series, it seems that Maas’ character building and plot development improves dramatically in the next installment. I am really looking forward to continuing with this series!

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Brit_O_Dubhagain
Jul 22, 2019

A great story with many cliffhangers.

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SCL_Elayna
Jul 06, 2019

I usually don't like fantasy books and I found this one hard to get into at first but once I did, I loved it! Plus, its part of a longer series and the each book seems to get better and better!

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TheQueenofWords
Jul 04, 2019

Good book. I liked Dorian best, Chaol as a friend, the action was good. I did like the whole Wyrdmark thing especially when it involved Nehemia. I enjoyed reading about Celaena and the competition, but Kaltain felt like someone who wanted to act yet was not in the "loop". The duke Perrington bothered my like a thorn in my side. But I feel like later he will become much more dangerous than he seems to be or is. Overall, I liked it and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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gurleena
May 03, 2019

Ah. This book was a roller coaster of emotions. It was amazing. Things happen of which you’d never expect. The romance is die-hard swoon-worthy. The loyalty is always questioned. But the story has me flipping through pages like these words are oxygen.

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susan_findlay
Mar 15, 2019

Quick enjoyable read.

Set in a world in which magic has been banished. Except really there's magic. But it's not called magic. So that makes it not magic? :-)

Very clearly setting up for a series, this book takes its time introducing the characters. While it was obvious from the beginning that there would be a romance (most likely a triangle), the first third of the book manages to be relatively romance-free and focus more on character development. There were a few good solid friendships established - including a female-female friendship completely devoid of boy drama (because both girls have bigger issues to deal with) which I very much appreciated.

My eternal love for Les Miserables (the musical) meant that I was willing to suspend disbelief enough to sympathize with Celaena and accept that her vocation as assassin would somehow make sense in an acceptable way (rebel against evil totalitarian empire, or similar).

I plan to continue reading this the series.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

A very good start to this series

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izzyfur
Feb 10, 2019

Kinda boring for me, I unfortunately couldn't get through it although I heard it was a great book!!

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EmberSolstice
Aug 30, 2018

"No. I can survive well enough on my own - if given the proper reading material."

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
“Second place is a nice title for the first loser.”

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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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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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BriDub
Dec 01, 2018

Sexual Content: The first book contains some non-sexual nudity and some sexual innuendo. By the 5th book, however, the sexual content is very explicit.

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BriDub
Dec 01, 2018

Violence: Throughout the series, there is a lot of violence, which is to be expected for a series about an assassin.

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