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Throne of Glass

Maas, Sarah J. Book - 2012 Teen Fiction / Maas, Sarah, Teen Book / Fiction / Fantasy / Maas, Sarah J. None on shelf 12 requests on 8 copies Community Rating: 4.1 out of 5

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Includes pronunciation guide, a prequel scene; a conversation with the author, and an excerpt from Crown of midnight by the author.
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.


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not very good submitted by unknown on July 30, 2013, 2:42pm Thone of Glass has been advertised here in reviews as another Graceling or Hunger Games. It's definitely not in the same class as those fantastically written books. The main character, Celaena, has supposedly been an active assassin since at least the age of ten and has been imprisoned in the salt mines (cliche much?) for the last year. Yet, as soon as Prince Dorien brings her to his kingdom to be his "Champion" (by fighting 23 other assassins/thieves/murderers, etc. to the death for the job), Celaena is all sunshine, light, and catty remarks about other girls' clothing. Bizarre.

Aside from obvious plot inconsistencies, the writing is stilted and the pacing is ridiculously slow. This book is definitely not worth the accolades from the reviewers here, and is surely not worth the money to purchase.

Ugh. submitted by DBJC on June 26, 2014, 11:12am I picked up this book hoping to get another good fantasy adventure but I was sorely mistaken. In fact, I didn't even finish the book because I was not intrigued by the characters. None of them. And the plot was moving extremely slow (as the first reviewer stated). I also found Caelaena's character a bit confusing and contradicting but maybe I think that because I didn't finish the whole book? Maybe, maybe not. I've read better books, therefore I will say that I would not recommend this book to anyone and I will not be picking up this book back up anytime soon.

Amazing submitted by xiaoli zhang on June 12, 2015, 5:22pm Honestly, I really enjoyed this book. Contrary to what the others said, I thought the characters were well developed, as were the setting and plot. I think that the plot moves a bit slowly, but I liked that, as it gave my imagination more time to to add things to the plot myself. Being a fanfiction writer, I felt like this was a great story, as you could add in so many things. I think this is a great book!

BEST BOOK EVER submitted by khaddrill on June 18, 2015, 9:37pm This book is truly amazing. This series is literally my favorite book series ever. Celaena is witty, sarcastic, funny, all while being kick butt at the same time. I actually own this book and I've loaned it to 8 of my friends, all of them saying that they loved it.
Despite the other reviews claiming that the plot slow, I'd have to disagree. Every scene in the book has a purpose, whether it be character development, relationship building, revealing hints, or simply pushing the plot forward. I would also like to argue that while Celaena's personality may come off a little conflicting, that people act differently in different situations and that everyone as different sides to them. I believe that the multiple sides of Celaena revealed in the book reflect great depth in Maas's writing.
I would also like to address that the plot is not simply about a fight to the death. The competition to be the King's Champion was not intended to death among the participants, but with a killer/beast on the loose, some of the competitors are murdered.
Throne of Glass is the first in a series of 6 (though sadly there are only 3 books out currently). There is also a book of short stories set before Throne Of Glass (where you discover how she got captured and sent to the salt mines).
This book is incredible. I recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, action, or romance.

Great! submitted by MetaMara on June 22, 2016, 1:58pm Great start to the series! Wonderful to have an engaging woman as a main character in a fantasy series.

awesome submitted by nschmidt22 on June 22, 2016, 4:43pm I LOVED THE HUMOR!!!! Personally, the book was perfect and deserved to be published

Good book submitted by naturej1girl on July 9, 2016, 8:20pm Although I was often yelling at characters for doing stupid stuff, I found this book to good to put down and my sister is obsessed (like Harry Potter obsessed) with it.

I liked it submitted by dragon_rider13 on June 19, 2017, 2:59pm I really enjoyed this book, it was an interesting book!!!

Thrilling submitted by Ogidni on June 26, 2017, 4:24pm I loved this book and the ones afterwards. I really liked the characters, the drama, and the whole concept. Despite what others have said, I loved it and would (And have) read it again.

Best series ever! submitted by gkasner on June 28, 2017, 2:32pm The first installment in one of the best young adult series I've ever read. And I've read plenty.

great YA adventure/suspense submitted by nsvinicki on July 21, 2017, 4:42pm I really loved this book. Caught my attention as unusual for the lead character being an assassin, and grabbed me with excellent world building and unique plot.

One of the better starts of a series submitted by JY 2005 on July 27, 2018, 10:52pm Caelaena was a very well written character, and an assassin. She used to work in the salt mines because she committed a crime.

Throne of Glass submitted by c_zhang on June 28, 2019, 12:08am A really engaging start to a pretty good series. It drew me in right away.

Great Book! submitted by sharmas on July 13, 2019, 7:07pm An engaging and descriptive book! Although it starts out a little slow, it builds up to the action making it hard to put down the book.

GREAT submitted by sbeegees on August 5, 2019, 5:01pm An amazing start to one of my favorite series, worth a read

Loved it! submitted by jw on June 26, 2020, 4:49pm I really like this book and the rest of the series is just amazing!

SO GOOD submitted by Nay7 on August 15, 2020, 10:31pm Read it faster than any book I've read before! Addicted to this series

Great start! submitted by arader24 on June 13, 2021, 6:19pm This book is a great start to the series! I really look forward to reading the rest. It is full of great visuals, wonderful characters and a fantastic setting. I loved it!

Not Good, but Keep Powering Through the Series submitted by tisaallen on June 15, 2022, 3:25pm This is Sarah J Maas' first book, and it's obvious from her style and character building that she has room to improve. Celaena Sardothian, the main character, is not a likable protagonist. There aren't many (any?) redeeming qualities in her personality for the first, oh, 150 pages. Once Maas starts to hit her stride the characters become more fleshed out, but they're all two dimensional until at least the middle of the second book of the series.
Maas' writing isn't good, but her world building is spectacular, and that alone makes it worth continuing to read the entire series.

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Throne of Glass novel

New York : Bloomsbury, 2012.
Year Published: 2012
Description: 406 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Assassins -- Fiction.
Princes -- Fiction.
Courts and courtiers -- Fiction.
Prisoners -- Fiction.
Fantasy fiction.