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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it's there to kill. ...

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Overview

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass—and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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, the NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series

Publishers Weekly
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. Celaena Sardothien is considered the best assassin in Adarlan, and she has been condemned to the salt mines for her work. As the story opens, she is plucked from slow execution by the calculating crown prince, Dorian, to be his candidate for champion, competing against “hieves and assassins and warriors” to become an enforcer for the king. The stakes are freedom or death: win or return to the mines. Youthful captain Chaol is charged with preventing Celaena’s escape, and though she fantasizes about killing him on occasion, he becomes a far different target of her attention. This is not cuddly romance, but neither is it grim. Celaena is trained to murder, yet she hasn’t lost her taste for pretty dresses or good books, and a gleam of optimism tinges her outlook. Maas tends toward overdescription, but the verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read. Ages 12–up. Agent: Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literary Agency. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"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, the NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger’s Curse series

VOYA - Dotsy Harland
Celaena Sardothien, the notorious eighteen-year-old assassin, has been unexpectedly released from Endovier, a death camp in which she has been imprisoned for the last year. Prince Dorian of Adarlan and his captain of the guard escort her to the king of Adarlan's magnificent glass castle in Rifthold, where the Prince sponsors her to compete against a rough group of male fighters and criminals in a series of tests and duels. The winner will serve as champion, bodyguard, and personal assassin to the cruel king for four years in order to earn his or her freedom. Celaena is thrilled by the opportunity and confident that she can defeat the other contestants. But while undergoing training at the castle, her heart is in turmoil as she fights romantic feelings for both Dorian and his captain of the guard, Chaol Westfall, and finds her first true female friend. And in the midst of her emotional upheaval, Celaena discovers a powerful and deadly evil force inside the castle from which she must protect her new allies. Maas adapted this novel from her online serial Queen of Glass. Though the plot becomes repetitive in places, Maas's prose is lively, descriptive, and rich with detail. Part fantasy, part adventure, and part romance, this novel overflows with suspense, humor, and interesting characters. Maas has set the stage for a sequel, and possibly even a prequel. Female fans of fantasy will greatly enjoy the strong female characters and role reversals in this exciting book. Reviewer: Dotsy Harland
Kirkus Reviews
A teenage assassin, a rebel princess, menacing gargoyles, supernatural portals and a glass castle prove to be as thrilling as they sound. Being the most feared assassin in Adarlan is a notoriety 17-year-old Celaena considers an honor, even though it has landed her in a slave-labor prison no one has ever survived. A year into her sentence, the Crown Prince offers to sponsor Celaena in a competition with 23 other criminals and murderers that, should she win, will result in her freedom. The only catch? She'll become the king's personal assassin for four years, the same dark-hearted king who sentenced her to imprisonment. Woven in the vein of a Tolkien fantasy, Celaena's world is one where magic is outlawed and power is snatched through greed and genocide. The third-person narrative allows frequent insight into multiple characters (heroes and villains alike) but never fully shifts its focus from the confident yet conflicted Celaena. And though violent combat and whispers of the occult surround her, Celaena is still just a teenager trying to forge her way, giving the story timelessness. She might be in the throes of a bloodthirsty competition, but that doesn't mean she's not in turmoil over which tall, dark and handsomely titled man of the royal court should be her boyfriend--and which fancy gown she should wear to a costume party. This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619630345
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Series: Throne of Glass Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 16,179
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Times bestselling author of Crown of Midnight, the sequel to Throne of Glass. Sarah, a New York native, currently lives in the California desert. Visit her online at www.sarahjmaas.com

Facebook: facebook.com/throneofglass

Twitter: @SJMaas

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

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    Filled with fleshed out characters and intrigue this is sure to make my top ten list for 2012.

    The tale begins when we meet eighteen year old Celaena Sardothien. She is Ardarlan’s most feared Assassin. The world is at war, and Celaena has spent the past year in the deadly salt mines of Endovier. Known for being a brutal prison; most do not last more than a few months. Starved and scarred she is summoned and assumes it is for her death. Prince Dorian Havilliard of Adarlan makes her an offer. If she wins the king’s competition for a royal assassin she can gain her freedom. Despite her hatred for the king, she readily accepts the prince’s offer. At Rifthold Castle she trains, makes friends and discovers secrets about herself and the castle. The tale that unfolds kept me riveted. Filled with romance, mystery and danger, I devoured this novel in two evenings. The characters were all fascinating from the cruel and power hungry king to the mysterious Princess Nehemia. Celaena has to be one of my all time favorite protagonists. She is smart, fearless and charming. She can be snarky, quick witted and utterly delightful. Trained from the age of eight she is a deadly weapon and yet she can be completely feminine. Her conversations with the main characters had me laughing aloud. She is complex and I loved seeing all the different sides of her. The novel hints at things to come with Celaena and I cannot wait to see her growth in this series. The Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall, is assigned to watch, train, and guard Celaena. He doesn’t trust her in the beginning but their relationship grows. I really connected with him and found him to be noble, sensitive and loyal. The Crown Prince, Dorian Havilliard hasn’t yet learned to stand up to his father. I felt sorry for this quite, sensitive man. Celaena draws him out and allows Maas to reveal the many facets of this would be king. The elements of a love triangle are in place, and I waivered back and forth between the two men. Other characters added to the intrigue, suspense and mystery. Some I adored like Nox and some I loathed like Cain and Lady Kaltain. I seriously wanted to scratch her eyes out more than once..LOL. The world building was fantastic, brilliant and spell-bounding. Maas breathed life into the glass castle, the characters and the world of Adarlan. In a world filled with Fae, witches and magic, the mortal king has outlawed all forms of magic. Celaena is well versed in the Fae and has a healthly fear of them. When she discovers Wyrdmarks around the castle she is intrigued and sets out to learn their meaning. I became swept up in the mystery of these marks and the discoveries she made. Something is brutally killing off the competitors and it doesn’t appear to be human. This adds a great deal of suspense to the tale. I loved the competitions the champions had to endure. I found myself on the edge of my seat as Celaena completed each phase. Maas has done an incredible job of weaving many different plots into a tale that is rich with well fleshed out characters. While this tale doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger, Maas leaves us with enough unanswered questions and suspense to have this reader itching to read book two. I want to thank Bloomsbury Publishing and netGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for my unbiased review.

    56 out of 58 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

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    Lots and lots of mixed feelings about this book! Okay, let me

    Lots and lots of mixed feelings about this book!


    Okay, let me start of by saying I love the story line of this book.  There was something about the building of this world that I could see so clearly, especially at the start with the opening scene being at a salt mine.  It gave the aura of oppression and of a story just ready to be told.


    The whole journey and the events in the castle itself kept me riveted and the pace kept me alert and interested in what was happening around me, especially when the killings started happening.  I liked the whole mythical side to the story and how it was brought out in the plot.  


    However, reading Throne of Glass was somewhat bittersweet.  I had an extreme love/hate relationship with all the characters.


    Most of all with Celaena  - She was proud of who she was and there was no denying that, but at the same time she was narcissistic and totally full of herself.  Now I know that wasn’t the way she was meant to come across, but every now and then she said something or thought something that made me, well, want to slap her.  Haha, never mind that she could possibly kill me with my own fingernail.  While she was virtually fuming because she couldn’t tell the whole world who she was, I was silently thinking, ‘Don’t be too proud because you’re nothing more a glorified hitman.’  And, what’s really weird is that I didn’t feel that way at all about Ismae from 'Grave Mercy'.  


    I think I questioned some of her wisdom too.  Within certain situations of the book, I could see why something was being done and I thought it was pretty smart, but not Celeana.  Because she didn't have anyone going 'ooh I scared.  I am in the presence of a great and powerful murderess...' -cough-'assassin.'  I think the reason I couldn't relate to her was because I didn't know enough of her back story.  I felt that only minimal information was given to the reader and so didn't help with my overall impression of her.


    But, there were moments when I could have liked her.  In certain scenes within the book, I saw her softer side and that was the side that made me warm up to her.  She wasn't being selfish or shallow in those times.  She cared about things – like her dog and the princess.    She got hurt easily especially when she felt she had been betrayed.  Maybe she was just a complex character, but I've read other complex characters and they didn't leave me feeling like this.


    The guys weren't quite as bad, but they were bad enough.  I hated how they seemed to lose a sense of themselves with Celaena.  Can't we have one book, just one, where ALL characters remain true to themselves?  And why do we have to have these love triangles?!  Why can't a girl just be left alone, or have the relationship develop over time - to ONE boy?  You can build romantic tension with just one boy.  You don't need two.  I think another thing that got to me was I never even got a sense on why each boy fell for Celaena.  No legit reason!  None! 


    I must seem like I'm ranting and I guess I am in a way.  But, I was just so disappointed in a story that could have been so much better than what it was.  That's not to say that I won't go on to read the sequel, because I will.  I want to see what happens in the world Sarah J. Maas created.  I want to know more about Celaena and what drives her.  I want to see what happens to the Rulers, the princess and the people, including Elena's purpose. 


    Overall, I thought the book was okay.  I didn't hate the book, but I didn't like it that much either.  It was just okay.  I would recommend this to anyone who likes action, love triangles, female assassins and fantasy.  


    Book review by Sandy from Magical Manuscripts.

    17 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Love!

    Amazing. I luv it!!! Wish there was a sequal....

    8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

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    The middle fell flat.

    2.5 stars

    I enjoyed the first thirty percent and the final twenty percent of this book. The opening was fun intriguing, with a great hook. Celaena, an assassin, is removed from the death camp where she was sentenced to fight for the right to become the King's Champion—for a king she despises. A young prince is the one who gets her out of the camp, and the captain of the guard is assigned to watch her. Immediately, we see the beginning of a romance with one or both of these men.

    I was enthusiastic about the story through the journey to the castle and when introduced to the other champion candidates. Sadly, the competitions between the champion candidates were not as exciting as I'd hoped. We're not talking about fights to death here; instead, the candidates have to perform physical tests and least successful candidates are eliminated from the competition. This was a bit of a disappointment for me. Some of the candidates are murdered, and I appreciated that twist.

    Because the competition proved less exciting than I'd hoped, and because even the murder investigation fell flat, I skimmed a large portion of middle fifty percent of the book. Additionally, during this slow middle, other problems presented themselves: (1) The extent of Celaena's abilities was unbelievable and overemphasized. (2) Her girlishness seemed at odds with her killer instinct. (3) The writing style didn't appeal to me.

    Too often, Celaena thinks about how easily she could kill people. I'm paraphrasing, but it sounded something like this: "I could smash his head into the floor, and he'd be dead in seconds." "I could wrap this chain around his neck and he'd be dead in seconds." "I wondered why he wasn't more afraid of me." Sometimes, she thinks these things about very large, very capable men. The impression I got was, instead of showing us Celaena's capabilities, the author chose to tell us over and over again. I found it unbelievable because I never saw Celaena's abilities reach the level of skill that Celaena seemed to think she had.

    Despite being a hardened killer, as she'd like us to believe, Celaena was quick to swoon when the prince or the captain of the guard entered the room. I'm not saying a woman can't be both hard and soft, but Celaena was too extreme on both counts. For an assassin fighting for her life (because losing would mean she'd be sent back to the death camp), she made poor choices with respect to her priorities. She was just as interested in kissing boys and wearing pretty dresses as she was in training. I couldn't believe it.

    Lastly, the writing style fell flat for me. I found it a bit unsophisticated, with not many strong, active verbs. It was difficult for me to visualize any scene. The words didn't move me, didn't excite me.

    I'm sorry to say that I will not read the next book in this series.

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

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    I was überexcited to get my hands on Throne of Glass and it

    I was überexcited to get my hands on Throne of Glass and it was totally worth getting excited about. Firstly because I read the first novella and absolutely fell in love with the main character's fierceness. Secondly because Maas' writing is amazing. Thirdly because I was in need of immersing myself in a great adventure, and Throne of Glass certainly fits the bill. All these reasons should already have you running to pre-order it! Nevertheless keep reading to learn more about this great novel.


    The Plot: If you haven't read the novellas, I strongly recommend you to read them; besides being awesome and short, they give you a great insight into the main character's life and how she ended up in prison. The story and its development was done amazingly. The story gets better and better the further you read. Maas writes a story full of action, adventure and mystery yet with all that, there is still time for a lot of romance. I do have to admit I was a bit confused about the magical aspects of the story but hopefully we will learn more about it in the sequel. Nevertheless I was expecting more of a connection to the novellas like her relationship with Arobynn and avenging Sam (you should read the novellas!).


    The Characters: Celaena is badass! Probably one of my favorite heroines ever. She is an assassin, and not just any assassin, she is the best there is! Besides being a determined, strong and a bit sarcastic, what I enjoyed most about her is that she also has a sensitive side. She is the typical hard shell on the outside, soft on the inside. I enjoyed how her story was told in pieces, so we didn't get to know everything about her from the start, however I still do have some questions about her past. The prince, Dorian, was a nice character but who stole my heart was the captain, Chaol. So I should warn you that there is a love triangle but it shouldn't be a problem since it wasn't overdone. I also enjoyed another badass character: Nehemia. She doesn't look the type but she can totally take care of herself. Hopefully she will play a bigger part in the next one.

    Overall, Throne of Glass was a page-turner. Even though it has 400 pages, I read the whole thing in one sitting. It was really refreshing to read something so original and different from what I've been reading in the YA genre nowadays. Maas' novel has everything someone looking for an adventure seeks: badass characters, amazing plot and world building (yes, it even has a map!) and a riveting mystery. Throne of Glass is like Game of Thrones or even Lord of the Rings for the young adult genre; so if you are a fan of these novels or fantasy in general, you should certainly check this one out.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sucked me in from the begining

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Sooo Good

    Couldnt put the book down. The third time reading it!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Best book

    This book is fast paced with equal parts fantasy, action, and sprinkled in romance. Loved the hints of magic that kept me reading even at 2 am. This book kept me wondering but not to the point of hopeless confusion. Definitely recommend it if you like Tamora Pierce or Kristen Cashore, if not then look them up!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    My new favorite series!

    I loved it! This story drags you in from the very beginning! There was not one thing I do not love about this book. The characters, story line and setting are so captivating!

    I've just read the Novellas for this series an am about to read Crown of Midnight!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2014

    Just want to let people know---do not order this expecting to ge

    Just want to let people know---do not order this expecting to get the new hardcover design that is advertised in the description. I ordered it wanting the new hardcover to match the set, and instead received the old version instead. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Bad

    I thought this would be good. It was good for about half the book. But then the author started talking about demons and some kind of magic, and a old dead queen who is in the In-Between state of death.
    I stoped reading this when it started getting weird.
    It had the b word in there a lot.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    very much enjoyed

    it was not what i was accepting. But it was still a very good book. The way that it was written was different from the books i've read for he past few weeks but it was still really good It did have that whole 3-love triangle crap but it wasn't annoying (yeah!!) The action was very well played out it reminded me of a Hunger Games/Game of Thrones sort of thing and since i loved them both i loved the book :) :) Can't wait for the next one!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    I started reading the Throne of Glass the night before and finis

    I started reading the Throne of Glass the night before and finished it today. I love this book so much. I very much liked how the writer 
    made it so we could read the thoughts of some of the other characters. I read so many book so my expectations are high and this book 
    was perfect. Could not stop thinking about it or but it done. This is for reader who love to read about thrillers. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Loved it!

    It was funny and full of action. Couldn't put it down!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Awesome book!!

    I loved this book. I could not put it down. I stayed up till two in the morning reading! Loved it and can't wait to read more!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2014

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    Enjoying this series immensely

    Was looking for a new author to try out and hit the jackpot with Sarah Maas. I'm thoroughly enjoying this series. The characters are believable, the plot is intriguing and the dialogue is clever and humorous at times. I read this one in less that 2 days and I'm anxious to get started on the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2014

    FINALLY!!! A HEROINE WHO FIGHTS BACK AND ISN'T ALWAYS DEPENDING

    FINALLY!!! A HEROINE WHO FIGHTS BACK AND ISN'T ALWAYS DEPENDING ON A DUDE TO HELP HER OUT!!!! IF YOU'RE TIRED OF WIMPY PROTAGONISTS WHO CAN DO NOTHING BETTER BUT BE A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS, THEN THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2014

    This book was not what I expected. About halfway through, the s

    This book was not what I expected. About halfway through, the story becomes a story about goddesses and priestesses, ritual sacrifices, demons and undead from the depths of hell, etc. This is interspersed with romantic elements that often seem out of place. The competition referenced in the book summary is not at all the focus of the book, and the reader only has periodic glimpses of it.

    The characters weren't likeable, to me. The protagonist brags about herself unceasingly. She is also the best at absolutely everything, including things that don't make sense. For instance, she is the most beautiful woman, and all the court ladies are jealous of her beauty, yet she is covered in scars from head to toe. The male lead is a womanizer, but the protagonist doesn't care. She even suggests he should marry someone for political advantage instead of love, and then just love other women on the side.

    The story world often doesn't make sense. Phrases such as "the greatest assassin on earth" are periodically used, but this isn't earth. Earth is our planet. It is isn't a synonym for "world". Why does this other world happen to have games (and other things) from earth, like billiards? It is exactly like our modern billiards, not the billiards of ancient times.

    The characters often act in unrealistic ways. As other reviewers alluded to, the cold-blooded assassin spends far too much time doing things like admiring the delicate beading on her ball gowns.

    I was bored for much of the book. I kept thinking that some of the less interesting side stories would serve some greater purpose in the end, but they didn't.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Perfect

    Perfect

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Hunger gamesy

    I onlyv, give it 4 stars because it was waaaaaaay too hunger gamesey. Am I the only one who felt that way? Anyhoo...
    loved it!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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