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Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel | [Sarah J. Maas]

Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, November 2013 - I fell in love with Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass series, because it completely and utterly transported me to another time and place. The story is focused around smart and sassy teen assassin Celaena Sardothien, who is pulled out of the slavery salt mines of Endovier and brought to the Crown Prince, who presents her with an interesting proposition. If she wins a competition to become the corrupt King’s royal assassin, she will win her freedom after serving the kingdom for three years. Throne of Glass has the competitive elements of The Hunger Games, the royal family dysfunction of Game of Thrones, which amounts to a truly captivating listen. —Sarah, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    A Frayed Knot Cincinnati, OH United States 12-31-13
    A Frayed Knot Cincinnati, OH United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "It's no Game of Thrones..."
    Any additional comments?

    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...

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Fil Chicago, IL, United States 11-18-13
    Fil Chicago, IL, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2003
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    "The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap."

    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.

    102 of 109 people found this review helpful
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    Trinity Pawcatuck, CT 01-22-14
    Trinity Pawcatuck, CT 01-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Save the credit!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe an angst-ridden pre-teen would find all the drama and whining more acceptable.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elizabeth Evans?

    Although all the characters constantly sounded arrogant and bratty, I don't think the narrator can be held solely responsible; the author's writing is just as much to blame.


    What character would you cut from Throne of Glass?

    All of them! The "world's best assassin" "wrings her hands in worry" and lets people sneak up on her on a regular basis. She spent her career carefully hiding her identity, yet now constantly whines that no one respects her or takes her seriously because they don't know who she is. The "spoiled prince" is an arrogant womanizing jerk, who refuses to marry because every woman he's ever met is "mentally inferior". Listening to them is like listening to a bunch of immature 12-year-old spoiled rotten brats.


    Any additional comments?

    Save the credit!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 01-02-14
    Falon Rosemount, MN, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2012

    I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)

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    "fun YA series... I could get hooked on"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Landon SHARONVILLE, OH, United States 12-28-13
    Landon SHARONVILLE, OH, United States 12-28-13
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    "Great story!"
    If you could sum up Throne of Glass in three words, what would they be?

    Great little read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is a hard choice. You fall for every character.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Evans – was your favorite?

    Celana by far


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was just a complete package


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I'd suggest giving it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nissa M WA, USA 12-21-13
    Nissa M WA, USA 12-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Seriously good"
    What made the experience of listening to Throne of Glass the most enjoyable?

    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).


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen to my audiobooks on my commutes, and sometimes I would take the long way home, desperately wanting to continue the story.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Cheyenne, WY, United States 11-09-13
    Amber Cheyenne, WY, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Amber and Izzy

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    "The Audible version is Great! Worth the credit!"
    Would you listen to Throne of Glass again? Why?

    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!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    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!!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Littleton, MA, United States 11-27-13
    Stephanie Littleton, MA, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2002

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Immature"
    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Throne of Glass?

    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.


    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    krop Taylordville, KY, United States 11-06-13
    krop Taylordville, KY, United States 11-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "WHat a ride! WOW!"
    Where does Throne of Glass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With all the evil around them, that a love story would flourish within a den of jackles and wolves.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Elizabeth Evans’s performance did you like?

    E"s performance was a breath of fresh air. the delivery was smooth.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was a little hurt by the stupidity of the men around her. I was also reminded that these people are relatively young.


    Any additional comments?

    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.
    Thank You

    James Owens
    author of
    Dark Recollections

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Liz MANCHESTER, NH, United States 11-16-13
    Liz MANCHESTER, NH, United States 11-16-13
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    "Strong fantasy with rockin' ladies!"
    What made the experience of listening to Throne of Glass the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyable lead character and likable supporting characters too!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Throne of Glass?

    I can't say cuz SPOILERS


    Did Elizabeth Evans do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it kept my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Fabulous characters"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FanaticReader
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    "I loved reading the book and enjoyed the audiobook"
    If you could sum up Throne of Glass in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, exciting, interesting.


    What other book might you compare Throne of Glass to, and why?

    Graceling


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Final fight scene between Celeana and Cane.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A badass heroine with a will of steel.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the narrator's was a bit annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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