Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

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Celaena Sardothien, an eighteen-year-old girl, is serving a sentence in the salt mines. She is a trained assassin and got caught. A young captain offers her a deal - a fight to the death in return for her freedom.
Publisher: London : 2012. Bloomsbury,
ISBN: 9781408832332
Branch Call Number: YF MAAS


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LoganLib_Kirra Aug 29, 2016

An excellent read for fans of YA, fantasy and assassins. Celaena is eighteen-year-old girl serving a life sentence after being caught. She has a reputation as a ruthless assassin and soon she's released but only so she can compete in a challenge that is filled with death. If she wins she can serv... Read More »

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Nov 11, 2018

"Are you saying that you don't want to be with me?"
"I'm saying that... that I'm going to leave in four years, and I don't know how this could possibly end well for either of us. I'm saying I don't want to think about the options.""

"Though she had no regrets about her choice, she felt something strangely like disappointment when he said, "As you wish."
"But I'd like to remain your friend."
He put his hands in his pockets. "Always.""

I always wondered why this book was so popular, and with the 7th installment's recent release, I decided to check Throne of Glass out. I heard that some people hated this while others enjoyed it. And people who disliked Throne of Glass still went on to read Crown of Midnight, saying that Maas had actually listened to her audience, took advice, and wrote something much better. So I hope that's true, since I wasn't amazed by Throne of Glass.

Nov 08, 2018

*warning-this text contains spoilers*

I’m really curious as to how this book/series got so much hype.

I first heard about it from a friend a couple years, who did a book report on it and didn’t like it very much. A few other people I’ve met over the years have said how much they liked it, and others said that it was okay. After finishing it myself about an hour ago, I...well...I’m pretty disappointed.

The premise seemed mildly intriguing, kind of like the Hunger Games set in a fantasy world. But, unlike the latter, we didn’t get to see as much of the action, and instead, a little more than half of the book was an enormous training montage. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love kick-butt heroines who can hold their own against and defeat all of the scheming and cocky men who look down upon them. However, I’d rather have the said heroine not only have more of a change in setting every once in a while (which, Celaena did, but very little), but have a bit of character development. Throughout the entire book, Celaena is rather static, an emotionless, hardened character who is seemingly perfect in every way. Oh, and of course, she falls for the oh-so-handsome prince, but no, she can’t have him, because she’s not royalty-but wait, THE PRINCE LIKES HER BACK! SO SCANDALOUS! Give me a break, please. I know this is a fairly common YA trope, and I’ve seen it done well, but “Throne of Glass” fell flat in the end, and wasn’t the most riveting or original of novels. None of the other characters really grew on me, either; they all seemed like mere plot devices, chess pieces moved around so that everything worked out just so that Celaena could become the king’s Champion and fall in love with Dorian.

That being said, there were...a few things that I liked about this book. The world building was interesting, and I midly enjoyed the twist at the end. But honestly, I really have no will to read any of the rest of the series. I know that I’m in the minority here, and I know that a lot of people really enjoyed this series, but “Throne of Glass” just wasn’t for me. Sorry.

Aug 25, 2018

This book might start out boring, but just please keep reading. It will NOT disappoint you. You’ll love this series if you like lots of action and a bit of romance. I’ll tell you this now, but the protagonist is so smart like so many plot twists in the future (next books). Love love this series. I’ve read it 3 times already. If you enjoy this book, PLEASE KEEP READING THE REST OF THE SERIES. This is only the begininggggggg.

Aug 25, 2018

World building, Expansive, Dramatic and Thrilling. The author has a fantastic way of building an environment and making it a true work of escapism. The characters are wonderfully complex but relatable. A must read of fans of fantasy

Jul 11, 2018

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
This author's books have really helped me open myself up to the fantasy genre because of her engaging writing style. This series is equally character driven and plot driven. If you like books with A LOT of really complex main characters with crazy sad back-stories...this is the series for you! She writes in 3rd person omniscient, so we get to know all of the main characters really intimately, which I love. If you enjoy books with humans, magical fae creatures, and and soul-eating demons from another world, then this is the series for you. The last book in the series comes out in October.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jun 23, 2018

Having just finished the disappointing Court of Frost and Starlight, it's a pleasure to go back and review this book and remember that Maas can actually write. There are some obvious points. I had a major plot point... that isn't revealed until book three... figured out 30% of the way into the book. The teaser for the book really plays on "Celeana Sardothien was Adarlan's most notorious assassin"....etc...etc and how the prince has released her from her incarceration in the salt mines to act as his entrant in the competition to name the King's Champion.

If you wanted the book to focus on the competition, you'll likely be disappointed. Instead, Maas focuses on developing Celeana as she regains her attitude and strength after a year of beatings and starvation. She also develops the love triangle between Celeana, the Prince and the prince's best friend and head guardsman, Chaol.

Behind the character development, Maas develops a murder mystery. Someone, or something, is killing the contestants. Magic has been outlawed, but it seems there's still magic left and someone may be using it but not controlling it very well. Celeana's snooping and the court intrigue keep this book interesting.

Jun 23, 2018

This book's way of tossing in unpresaged events and the innocence of its supposedly hard-bitten characters didn't make any sense to me - until I managed to read the cover and get that the author was 16 when she self-published the first version of the novel. After that, I relaxed and started enjoying the 18 year old, deadly assassin and survivor of horrible traumas whose personality is somehow that of a 16 year old girl from the suburbs. Good fun.

ArapahoeJulieD Jun 02, 2018

This has become one of my favorite series in recent years! The story is exciting with lots of twists and turns, the characters are dynamic and complex, and the world-building is immersive. I highly recommend it!

Jun 01, 2018

It is long, but worth reading.

Apr 22, 2018

It took me two years to finish this book. Two years. I'm not exaggerating.

I am astonished at how bad this book is. It really should have been better. There were times when it was actually pretty decent, borderline good, but then it went and did things like this: "There was beauty in Chaol's face--and strength, and honor, and loyalty. She stopped hearing the crowd, and her mouth became dry as he stared at her. How had she missed it for so long?" only to go ahead and do this on the very next page: "Her heart jumped into a gallop, and Chaol dissolved from her thoughts, like dew beneath the morning sun. She felt bad for forgetting him--but...but...Oh, she wanted Dorian, she couldn't deny it. She wanted him."

😒😕 She literally looks at another man and forgets about the love epiphany she just had?

And she's supposed to be a very smart and very cool assassin, but she never actually assassinates anyone.

Also, I thought there was going to be a competition in this book, but there were mentions of and brief scenes from the competition but since Celaena didn't really care, I guess it wasn't worth keeping in the book, was it, Sarah J Maas?


The world was cool though. I liked the vision parts. I liked the sleuthing and sneaking.

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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.”

Jul 20, 2016

"Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us---to haunt our thoughts long after we've faced them."

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.”

Jun 29, 2016

“Names are not important. It's what lies inside of you that matters.”

Jun 29, 2016

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

Jun 19, 2016

"I want to thank you..."
"For what?"
"...for making my freedom mean something".
- Celaena to Chaol, page 350

Aug 17, 2015

I will not be afraid.
-Celaena Sardothien

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.”

Jul 19, 2015

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

May 31, 2015

“We all bear scars,... Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”


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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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