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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass Series #1)

4.5 389
by Sarah J. Maas
 

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

the NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger's Curse s Colleen Houck

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.
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

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.)
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619630345
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Throne of Glass Series , #1
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
488
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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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Throne of Glass 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 389 reviews.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
The tale begins when we meet eighteen year old Celaena Sardothien. She is Ardarlan&rsquo;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&rsquo;s competition for a royal assassin she can gain her freedom. Despite her hatred for the king, she readily accepts the prince&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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.
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
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&rsquo;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&rsquo;t tell the whole world who she was, I was silently thinking, &lsquo;Don&rsquo;t be too proud because you&rsquo;re nothing more a glorified hitman.&rsquo;  And, what&rsquo;s really weird is that I didn&rsquo;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 &ndash; 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put the book down. The third time reading it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sucked me in from the begining
rachelnaddeo More than 1 year ago
I was &uuml;berexcited 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.
Fiction4Life More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This summer I was bored because I had a lot of free time but not a lot to do in that free time. I decided I needed to get some new books to use up the time. I got several new books and one of them was Throne of Glass. The back of the book interested me when I was in the bookstore and I decided to buy and read it. If you like a strong female role in a book, the killing off your competitors like in The Hunger Games, the love triangle from Twilight, and medieval times then you will like Throne of Glass. A fantasy, action, and romance book where a girl named Celaena Sardothien&rsquo;s parents were killed and she was taken in by the top assassin in the kingdom of Adarlan. She was trained and became the deadliest assassin only second to her mentor before she was captured by the government, at age 17, and sent to the mines, where the prisoners work until you die or you die of starvation and disease.  The King is cruel and heartless man who outlawed all magic. Anything magic related was burned, including people. Then the King thought he wanted a champion and decided to make a competition of getting a champion. He let each lord in the area and his son pick a criminal to enter into the competition.The prince picks Celaena to be his entry into the competition and the story starts. Under an alias of being a jewel thief named Lillian Gordaina, she tries not to draw attention to herself in the competition. She makes makes a few friends including a foreign princess secretly helping the rebels trying to take down this country. She also gets in a love triangle with the prince and the Captain of the Guard, who happens to be the prince&rsquo;s childhood friend. Soon competitors in the competition are found sacrificed brutally in the servants hallways and Celaena must find out who it is and stop them before she becomes on the the sacrificed competitors.   Throne of Glass doesn&rsquo;t have very many bad parts but there is one big one. The biggest problem is the fact that this is a action, fantasy and romance book with little romance. Celaena doesn&rsquo;t choose between either Prince Dorian or the captain of the guard, Chaol. She doesn&rsquo;t really go on dates with both boys, she just does things with them like walks with Chaol, and late night talks with Dorian. She likes both guys and at the end she doesn&rsquo;t have a favorite. At the end of most books with romance in them, the person usually has a person they like more than the other or you can tell who with the two options is going to pick. In Throne of Glass, you as the reader can&rsquo;t tell who she is going to pick even at the end of the book. What the book lacks in romance it makes up in drama and action. There is rarely a dull moment in the book and has some page turning twists. The King is not the only bad guy in the story, there is also Cain a fellow competitor, and Kaltain. Cain is a competitor in the competition who is the most likely to win the competition due to his expertise in fighting and is a very intimidating man. He also found out Celaena&rsquo;s secret of not being a jewel thief from a border kingdom and he likes to make Celaena work so that h secret doesn&rsquo;t come out.  Kaltain is a noble girl who is after the crown and the prince and will do anything to get it. She thinks that Celaena is after the prince, so Kaltain thinks of a way to get rid of Celaena.  Overall I think that Throne of Glass is a great book. I would give it a four out of five stars. There are two more books in the series currently, other than the few short stories that led up to where Celaena was starting in Throne of Glass. I have started the second book and I am already hooked.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this series through so many times I've lost count. Everytime I discover something new. This series is brilliant and amazing, and I've sold about 338 copies of it in my bookstore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a character's death is so sudden you just sit there like * - * REPOST ON BOOKS U THINK R VIOLENT
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read! At the beginning i did not know what to expect but by the end of the book i knew that Caelena was a force to be reckoned with. Though sometimes she might be a little single minded i think she is one the strongest female protagonists i have ever read about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comparing Throne of Glass to Game of Thrones is absurd. GoT is more complex by far, and more well written (not that Mass is bad, but Martin is exceptional). That said, ToG is much less depressing than GoT. This book is full of humor and humanity. The characters are well developed; world building could use some work though (typical of the teen genre). Bottom line, if you do not like teen romances, this book is not for you. The romance ends up taking over the plot a little too much. However, for the genre, this is one of the best I've read; far superior to Twilight, Hunger Games, and Divergent. Maas is a fun and engaging storyteller. Off to start book 2!
Croter More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect
HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was funny and full of action. Couldn't put it down!!!
AllBookedUp More than 1 year ago
Never underestimate the power of a woman with a debt to settle...and certainly, never underestimate that woman because of her age or beauty.  These are wise concepts that most dystopian novels tend to play with and Sarah J. Maas does not disappoint in Throne of Glass. World famous (and beautiful) 18-year old assassin,  Celaena Sardothien is selected by Prince Dorian and pulled out of the prison salt mines of Endovier (where many criminals are sent to die) and sent to the beautiful Glass Castle and thrust into the world of dresses and court life to act as his selected champion in a competition to find the new royal assassin.  If she can somehow win this competition, the Prince promises her freedom after her four years of service to the crown are up.  Both Celaena and Prince Dorian have something to prove, but will they be able to overcome all of the obstacles ahead of them?  And what of this new interest in gruff Captain Westfall who seems to be the first who both appreciates and seems to understand her.  Can Celaena overcome the great challenges before her?  Can she figure out who or what is killing off the competition before she, herself falls victim to the murders?  Is all that is, as it seems?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. I luv it!!! Wish there was a sequal....
ReadsAny 4 days ago
Before I begin explaining this book, I need to explain something. I read a lot. When I mean a lot, I don’t mean that I read a book a week, I mean that today, since I woke up I have finished one book, and started and completed two more. It is highly likely that I will start a third before I go to sleep tonight. All of this means that my favorite book changes quite often. I loved Harry Potter for a while, then moved on to Megan Turner’s The Thief, then to Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. That makes it all the more significant when I say that the Throne of Glass series has been my favorite since I started it almost four years ago. There have been some books that caught my interest and moved up on my list of loves, but I always came back to Sarah Maas, because she is just that good. The series starts out by introducing the heroine, Celaena Sardothien, who has just spent a year in a slave camp where the average life expectancy is only a month. She was put there because she was Adarlan’s assassin – the best in the land, never caught, and never seen. Until her trial, almost no one even knew that she was a 17 year old girl. She has always been the best, the prettiest, and she knows it. Even worse, she makes sure everyone else knows it too. I love Celaena. Throughout this book, she isn’t just an assassin who has killed too many people to count. She isn’t just the girl who became a woman in the depths of Hell. She is a woman who is scarred and a little broken, but loves pretty things, and sweets, and music. She is a woman who is scared sometimes, who loves and gets mad and is happy. She is a person, not just an assassin, and that is what I love about Sarah Maas’s work. Too many book these days are all about the situations the main character is in. I cannot count the number of times I have read a dystopian novel in which we get to watch the heroine come to age because of the circumstances that force her to grow up. In this world we get to see a woman who already knows that the world is bad, who has already grown up inside of it, and watched her love and her innocence die, but still has the will to truly live.
Anonymous 5 days ago
My new favorite book of all time! I would recommend the age limit to be older teens due to language and inuendos. Must read the prequal and sequals. Highly addicting, and diffucult to put down. Full of action and a beautiful point of view from a young woman trying to be independent and overcome the hardships from her life. Hope you enjoy
sheltisebastian 10 days ago
So much hype around this serious! Now I understand why and its so well deserved!
Anonymous 16 days ago
Step aside game of thrones, harry potter, eragon, and pretty much every other fantasy seris you've read. Throne of glass and the following books are impossible to put down