Throne of Glass

Maas, Sarah J.

Paperback - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Throne of Glass
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 Usa, 2013
ISBN: 9781619630345
Branch Call Number: FIC M
Characteristics: 406 p. ; 21 cm.


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Mar 18, 2015
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Entertaining but the main character is really annoying. I heard the second is like Maas listened every criticism people had on this book and made a spectacular second. So will continue.

Mar 13, 2015
  • adaru rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Celaena Sardothian is the star of the YA fantasy series Throne of Glass, and if you hadn’t heard of her before now, congratulations on discovering an awesome new femme fatale in the world of books.
Author Sarah J. Maas has created a young protagonist that embodies everything that I love in a character. Celaena is brash, witty, sometimes arrogant, and as the famous Ardalan’s Assassin she is every bit as deadly as you would expect.
In the first book of the series, the appropriately titled ‘Throne of Glass,’ the character is developed with careful attention to the moment. Maas does an amazing job of exploring the depth of Celaena by placing her in situations that elicit an emotional response from the character. We get a sense of who she is in much the same way we learn about people in the real world.
When we meet someone new, we get only a glimpse of who they are based on the situation we are observing them in. That guy you know from work that’s easygoing and fun to talk to? What is he like in a restaurant when the server gets his order wrong? Or when someone cuts him off in traffic? Does he crack a joke and flash a smile or does he freak out like a college professor off of their meds? We don’t really know until we are there with him, experiencing his reaction for ourselves. Sarah J. Maas teaches us about who Celaena Sardothien is in exactly the same way.
Too often I feel like authors give us page after page of characters ho-humming around and thinking about how they feel. This tells me nothing about a character except that they’re boring and that I just don’t care. Even when things get emo (as they so often do in YA and life in general), Maas doesn’t annoy the reader with Celaena falling headlong into woe-is-me moments designed to pad length. Sure, there’s some self-reflection, but it’s not at the expense of the plot and only enriches the getting-to-know-you experience.
I wanted to spend more time with Celaena Sardothian as soon as I finished Throne of Glass, and after reading the second book in the series (Crown of Midnight), and the prequel collection of novellas (The Assassin’s Blade), Celaena Sardothian is very high on my list of fictional characters I will gladly spend hours of my time with.
The Throne of Glass series has swashbuckling action, intrigue, romance, plenty of laughs, and there may have even been tears and silent cheering of “OMG, YES!” while I read.

Feb 13, 2015
  • Chapel_Hill_MarthaW rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is the first what will eventually be a six-part fantasy series, and it's a solid series opener. It reads like a cross between Graceling and The Hunger Games, and fans of both are likely to enjoy this story of famed assassin Celaena Sardothien, liberated after a year as a slave in salt mines to serve as the crown prince's champion in a competition to be the king's assassin. Romantic subplot between Celaena and both the prince and the captain of the guard, plus some creepy supernatural goings on, keep the pages turning. Solid. (Spoiler alert: the sequels are even better.)

Feb 05, 2015
  • vicky271_1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I was very excited to read this book when I read the synopsis on the back cover. I mean, who wouldn't love to read about Assassins? Unfortunately, I found this book to be a let down. The romance subplot was lacking, the plot-line itself was odd; and when it wasn't odd it was boring. It took forever to get sucked into this world (page 182 to be precise) and after that short section, boredom crept up and greeted me several pages later. I hope the next few books are better.

Jan 22, 2015
  • NekozukiYarns rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found this one tried too hard - and that it had SO MUCH to set up that it made it a bit more difficult to get through.

However, I'm leaving this review here, as I want to encourage that you read the next two in the series, as I'm enjoying them MUCH more!

Dec 14, 2014
  • highfunctioningsociopath rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wow, I can say that I was thoroughly impressed with this book. I was expecting lots of stereotypes, but the authour proved me wrong. I find the style that it's written in a little bland, however the plot line and fun characters mostly make up for that. A really entertaining read if you're looking for something light yet interesting. I couldn't put it down and I'd definitely recommend it to fans of "Graceling!" :)

Nov 17, 2014

This book is amazing I cant put the amazingness in words. Don't even read peoples comments like jayliss who think that their is something wrong they are just dead wrong.

Aug 05, 2014
  • CuddleyBear rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this is the best series i've ever read!! 5 stars OMG I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jul 27, 2014

Do yourself a favour. Give this book a shot. You will not regret it.

Jul 13, 2014
  • jayliss rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

It’s not a good sign if, instead of actually reading the book, I’d rather be covering up the “GL” on the cover and yelling “BACK THAT THANG UP!”

Which, for the record, still hasn’t gotten old…

Let’s start with the beginning. It’s 8 pages into the book, and Celaena, our heroine, has just met Dorian, the crown prince. To her chagrin, he’s an Adonis. But “Princes are not supposed to be handsome!....This one….this….How unfair of him to be royal and beautiful.” But that’s OK, because she’s already met mysterious handsome guy #2, Chaol. Like, seriously? IT’S PAGE 8. I can understand wanting to cut to the chase, but PAGE 8 IS TOO EARLY FOR A LOVE TRIANGLE.

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