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.
I have never felt compelled to write a review before, but I want to save you from a mistake. This book has a splash on the cover that says "Fans of Game of Thrones and Hunger Games will love this!" I think George R.R. Martin is a genius and his books have cost me numerous nights of sleep. And who doesn't love Katniss? So if this book had a strong sassy no bs female lead in a world similar to GOT this could be worth a read? No.The lead character can wield a weapon, though the fight specifics are often lacking. "She knocked him out." "She hit the target dead center." Her emotional development is young. She's vain and annoying. Maybe she will grow up as the series plays out, but I won't be along for the ride to find out.Though Katniss and Celaena would be fighting on the same side I think Katniss would be doing a lot of eye rolling in having to deal with Celaena. The male characters are a bit more interesting. If you are a hard core GOT fan you will be bored silly. This book has nowhere the depth, plot nor characters to hold your attention. Hunger Games is a more fair comparison and while some of the story is similar (strong female lead out to thwart an unfair society) the comparisons end there.I probably would have liked this book when I was in high school. If you are a grown up look elsewhere...
PS I would not have bothered to write this review had the publisher not tried to hoodwink GOT and HG fans...
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!!
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
The fiercest assassin in all the land turns out to be an 18 year old Girl. A kings tournament of thieves & assassins temporarily wins Celaena Sardothien her freedom from the salt mines to compete. The tournament champion wins their freedom and becomes the king's personal assassin for 4 years with a handsome salary, but there is dark magic effecting all of the land and an uprising is eminent. Celaena seems to be the key to fighting the dark magic and possible over throw the King. The only reason I didn't give all 5 stars is because there were slow spots in the book, but the second book seems to have more action in it so I'm going to stick with the series.
Great little read
That is a hard choice. You fall for every character.
Celana by far
It was just a complete package
Great book! I'd suggest giving it a try.
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.
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.
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.
The narrator seemed to be really into the story, which of course adds to the experience. Then, the plot, characters, drama, etc. all were fantastic. The heroine is amazing: strong, humorous, badass, and relatable (maybe not the mad skills but her humanity).
Maas does a great job creating a whole world. It's a well thought-out fantasy universe and the characters seem real (real to that world, obviously it's not set in our time/world, etc.). The main three characters are the best, and although there may be the start to a love triangle, that's not the main focus to the storyline. It's more about a girl who was raised to be a killer, who was imprisoned for said killing, then gets the chance for freedom--and what she'll have to do to gain that freedom. Along the way, the reader gets to experience her thoughts, emotions, experiences, and more, and it's extremely well done.
I don't want to give away spoilers, but I enjoyed the action sequences. They were well written in the way that you could really imagine what was going on, like watching it through your mind's eye. Also, I liked anything where Calaena and the Crown Prince were together.
I listen to my audiobooks on my commutes, and sometimes I would take the long way home, desperately wanting to continue the story.
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'.
This is a great story to fall in love with. The characters are beautifully constructed and the plot is engaging and twists enough to prevent prediction.
I defy you not to love Celaena Sardothien!
"I loved reading the book and enjoyed the audiobook"
Awesome, exciting, interesting.
Final fight scene between Celeana and Cane.
A badass heroine with a will of steel.
I thought the narrator's was a bit annoying.
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