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)
I really enjoyed the Sarah J Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses which was why I used my credit on Throne of Glass. I'm sorry to say that I'm a bit disappointed. The main character Celaena is really un-likeable and hard to relate to. She sounds like a very bratty teenager and some of her snarky remarks just seem really petty. And her desire to be noticed for her ability when she was advised to stay off the radar? I wondered how she ever managed to become one of the greatest assassins.
Also the emotional depth of the story is lacking and the romance is barely there. Am I really supposed to feel something about the connection between Chaol and Celaena? As for whatever is between Celaena and prince Dorian, it ended before it had a chance to develop into anything substantial because obviously to Celaena it was not something worth fighting for. Totally no drama there.
One other thing that bothered me was the final dual which ended in a really abrupt way. Considering the buildup, it felt like I as the reader got the expected outcome without being convinced that it was well deserved. I think that the author must have matured a lot in her writing style since this book because this is nothing like her latest published work A Court of Thorns and Roses.
As for the narration, Elizabeth Evans does a good job portraying the emotions of characters but I find her narrative voice a bit too grating for my liking.
It gets more interesting two-thirds the way through but mostly just a mix of things from other, better novels of the genre. Dialogue and characters frustratingly underdeveloped, nothing really clever or innovative about the storyline or the world in which it is set. Writing style and narration tolerable after a while.
The book was good and the story entertaining even though it is no great masterpiece. Unfortunately the narration frequently contained obviously incorrect intonation of sentences or words, as well as a few blatant errors (maybe there were typos in the manuscript?) which really broke the immersion.
A solid all rounder fantasy read. My only real complaint was that Maas clearly has very little idea about how to write a fight scene. And that many of the protagonist' s problems could be solved if she just assassinated the king. which she could, cause she's an assassin. Memorable characters and an interesting subplot male this enjoyable.
Sarah J Maas book Throne of glass is brilliantly written and enthralling to the end. The narrative is excellently delivered. This book is fast paced and thrilling, rich in details and decadent and will captivate you from beginning to end and left wanting more. It's highly recommended x
I enjoyed the story and recommend a listen, even though some parts are reminiscent of story plots found in other fantasy tales. The women heroine, the forbidden love, the love triangle. However there are parts that are new and intriguing and I look forward to hearing these developments and see where they will lead. The narrator can be a tad irritating at times (a mans voice would of been better suited) but the story makes up for it.
"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.
"Love the story, HATE HATE HATE the narration!"
The story is awesome! I would have given the overall rating 5 stars had it been narrated by someone (anyone) else!
Why did the narrator choose to make the main character sound so nasally, smug, and annoying? I gave the performance 1 star but that is only because giving negative stars was not an option! I don't often give negative reviews but I truly disliked everything about the narration!
"Standard YA girl series, which I loved"
I've noticed trends in a lot of the YA scifi books that I've read, particularly those with a strong female lead, and this one followed all of them. It has the usual love story/triangle, and the usual rise from the lower class, and a strong female protagonist - which to be clear, I always enjoy, AND, this book still managed to give you a plot line to love, even though you've kind of heard it all before.
This is a great YA series, which I'm officially hooked on, and can't wait to listen to the next one!
"Save the credit!"
Maybe an angst-ridden pre-teen would find all the drama and whining more acceptable.
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.
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.
Save the credit!!
"What a wonderful combination of every book I've ever loved."
I admit it wasn't my first impulse to read this book. The cover seemed to turn me away but I had been recommended by a few people and a book reviewer YouTuber so I got the audio book.
The narrating took some getting use to for some reason I wasn't found of how she had to make her voice to create the tones for the men but after a few chapters I adapted.
I LOVED THIS BOOK. I haven't been so invoked by a book or character in a while. It's like hunger games, divergent, Harry Potter, lord of the rings, and game of thrones all mushed together.
I tried to tell myself I would wait until my next credit but only made it a half hour after purchasing the second book. I've also never loved an audio book so much in the year I have had my account that I have taken the time to write such a descriptive review.
Just read it. You'll love it.
"It's no Game of Thrones..."
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...
"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.
"The Audible version is Great! Worth the credit!"
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!!
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'.
Very good book. Never had a dull moment. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a solid story, good narration and a little bit of adventure and romantic drama. This book would be good for adults and teens.
I tried reading the book several time and just didnt seem to get into it, but listening to the book was for me so much better, the narrator did a great job.
I recommend this for an enjoyable listen :)
A captivating listen, if you enjoy game of thrones, name of the wind you will thoroughly enjoy this
"Amazing book! Hard to put down!"
Great listen! Very action filled and quick paced, at the same time descriptive and emotional. Has everything you would ever need inside a book - crime, action, romance, drama, fantasy, historical feeling - all included!
Reminds me in some way of Game of Thrones (I loved the series, haven't read the book).
Interesting storytelling - from a perspective of a character ("I" form). It is interesting because, though the main character remains Celaena, author gives you insight from the other characters point of view, too, in that way quenching your thirst for information about their feelings.
Great narrator! I think she fits very well.
"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.
I've been trying to find more books about assassins and this book felt nice :) though not my favourite book about assasons I would recommend it to everyone :) can't wait to go through other books in series
"Simple and slow"
No, I persevered with the book but the characters were simple and the story predictable. Its aimed more at a teenage audience.
dull and predictble.
the narration was ok but to be fair she didn't have a lot to work with
I haven't joying reading long time how I joyed reading this book. Truly amazing book
"Unfortunate narration for a good story"
I have previously read the books and decided to listen to them before the coming out of the latest part. The first book is very different in all aspects from the following ones. It's a general set up to get us introduced to the main characters and some of the back stories. I have enjoyed the book enough to continue with the series and I am glad I did.
Unfortunately, the narration is completely ruining the book. Not only do all characters seem arrogant and self-rightious (unlike in the book), the text switches points of view and it would appear that the narrator managed to not notice it. It is very unnerving, especially considering all other Sara J Maas books in this series are also narrated by her.
"***** Five stars"
This was such a brilliant book I renamed anyone who comes across it reads it.
"At the end I'm just annoyed"
From the beginning of the book I was annoyed with the main character. She's a brat, pure and simple. I felt as though I would have been completely okay with something bad happening to her. The storyline was predictable though kept me entertained. I will not be continuing on with this series.
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