After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
©2012 Sarah J. Maas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
"Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and its sequels or the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both in Maas's strong debut novel. . . . The verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
"A teenage assassin, a rebel princess, menacing gargoyles, supernatural portals and a glass castle prove to be as thrilling as they sound. . . . Celaena is still just a teenager trying to forge her way, giving the story timelessness. This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a tale full of surprises and shadows, where deadly seeds are sown with the promise of more danger to come. A fascinating glimpse into the dark side of Cinderella." (Colleen Houck, NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series)
So you've been put into a death camp prison mine at age 17. No one survives this death camp prison. You were there for 2 years. And you're the world's most powerful assassin; the queen of the underworld. And you've seen your people bled to death and you're full of rage and the milk of revenge.
So of course, when you're freed, the first thing you're going to do is become a total airhead and totally like fall in love with two guys because OMG one is like a total Prince, but the other one is like soooo loyal and stalwart. And of course, you will totally eat lots of amazing chocolates that will be listed out individually, because chocolate is like sooo delicious, right?
Don't get me wrong. I've been known to enjoy some full on romance fantasy adventures. I've read and enjoyed Sharon Shinn's Twelve Houses series, and one of those books, the one with Justin and the Lirren girl with the starry hair? That shit was as cheesy and romantic as it gets.
I've even read the first of 4521 trilogies in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel Cycle. So don't think that I'm all EWWW, because of the elements of romance that this novel trots out. I'm not all EWWW, I'm all PLEEEEEEZE, because it just doesn't make any sense How are you going to be the world's most powerful assassin and the queen of the underworld and be a total napkin as well?
Anyway. That's what you get.
Amber and Izzy
This book was highly recommended by a friend, when it was first published. I prefer listening to books, so I was disappointed when I discovered that it wasn't available at Audible, so I ended up reading it. I was so excited to see it available on Audible. The performance by Elizabeth Evans brought a lot more excitement and fun to the book! I enjoyed it very much and am starting the second book!!
I am not a fan of romance, and in this book, it is secondary to the plot. I love the "kick-ass" Caleana charater! She is witty and smart too!
This book is a good YA fantasy, and works for adults in the same way as The Hunger Games. I am a big fan of The Dresden Files, Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, Kate Daniels, and I enjoyed this book!!
With all the evil around them, that a love story would flourish within a den of jackles and wolves.
Celeana of Course. To go through what she has been through and come out this strong and not broken, is amazing. As a writer of fiction, I also like female heroines and she would be similar to my character types.
E"s performance was a breath of fresh air. the delivery was smooth.
I was a little hurt by the stupidity of the men around her. I was also reminded that these people are relatively young.
I m listening to book two as we speak. I would be really upset if a book three is needed and there isn't one on it's way.
Very good book. Never had a dull moment. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a solid story, good narration and a little bit of adventure and romantic drama. This book would be good for adults and teens.
Enjoyable lead character and likable supporting characters too!
I can't say cuz SPOILERS
I liked her in general, she had a pleasant voice and good inflection. But other narrators have done the "differentiating characters" thing much better. She did the job, though!
No, but it kept my interest.
The female characters in this book drive the plot so much that the dudes sometimes seem sorta useless - which was refreshing! I hated the love triangle, but at least everyone involved was likable. And don't be fooled by the "hunger games" pitching of the competition - at first, it made me groan, but it didn't feel the same at all in the long run. Which I liked.
Absolutely! I read this and it's sequel within a couple of days, it had me absolutely hooked - can't wait for the third one!!
Definitely Chaol - I won't give away any spoilers by explaining why
If you like this one and it's follow up I would suggest listening to Samantha Shannon's 'The Bone Season'.
I really enjoyed the book, and it was definitely worth purchasing. I was a bit disappointed only that many aspects of the book seemed like so many other similar tales that I've read. Still, definitely worth a listen!
Say something about yourself!
I found that the characters did not really live up to their background or expectations.
Everyone seem to be a 12-year-old adolescent.
Whether it was the performer, writer or director the entire story was mostly annoying.
I went through half of it and at the end all I could say was: wow what an annoying leading character this was.
I simply would not recommend this storyline or series.
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