Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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26 Critic Reviews

Sarah J Maas is such an enticing writer and causes you to feel for the characters and want to know what will happen to them.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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.
 

About Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas is a New York native who currently lives in the California desert. This is her first novel, though she has a large on-line fanbase who eagerly support her writing. sjmaas.livejournal.com
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 416 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 26 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 4

Guardian

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Reviewed by Becca17 on Dec 31 2015

Sarah J Maas is such an enticing writer and causes you to feel for the characters and want to know what will happen to them.

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Excellent
Reviewed by The Fanatical Reader on Nov 05 2015

This book was the first in an amazing series by Sarah J. Maas, the next two books definitely lived up to the standards set by this one, and with the fourth book being released soon, I’m on tenterhooks!

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Excellent
Reviewed by The Fanatical Reader on Aug 23 2015

I’m not saying that I did not enjoy the Hunger Games, or that I thought it wasn’t any good, because I thought it was excellent. I just feel that Throne of Glass brings something new to the table.

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Excellent
Reviewed by SavsBooks29 on Jun 18 2015

I would definitely rate it 5* as it is one of few that has a strong female protagonist, an intricate historical background with a sprinkle of sarcasm.

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Good
Reviewed by ellathebookworm on Jan 04 2015

I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, and would recommend Throne of Glass to any fans of young adult fantasy out there. I may have just found my new favourite series!

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by XoXo, BOOKWORM98 on Dec 12 2014

Throne of Glass is simply put, a BRILLIANT book – and I can't wait for book two to reach me. I don't have much more to say, except that this book will give you all you want and more.

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Reviewed by FatimaFefe on Oct 17 2014

Throne of Glass is one of the most well-written books I have ever read. The characters are very intriguing and loveable.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Laura137 on Apr 06 2014

...Throne of Glass will forever remain a firm favourite on my shelf as I find it appeals to everything I like; a strong female lead; a fantasy world; and a deep and gripping storyline full of political intrigue and betrayal, leaving me wanting more, all with a dash of humour and romance. I can't fault it.

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Smexy Books

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Reviewed by Tori on Aug 09 2012

Sarah J Maas’s debut is a captivating fantasy that will appeal to both young and adult readers who love a strong female protagonist, non stop action, and a tense mystery that leaves you reeling with each delicious clue.

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Geeky Bloggers Book Blog

Above average
Reviewed by Felicia S on Sep 17 2014

I think I would have been OK with the pacing in the first half if it was filled with character building but everything that I learned about the characters that meant something to me all came in the 2nd half...The writing and storytelling ended strong so I will be continuing the series...

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on Aug 16 2013

I want to know everything about them and the world in which they live in. It is all so interesting, and suspenseful, and mysterious � you do not want to miss this!

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The Reading Date

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on Dec 26 2013

As someone who is a (very) casual reader of high fantasy I appreciated that the story is accessible and fun, with great characters and a fast-moving plot. Even though this was my second read-through I was highly entertained. Maas has a lovely way with words, and sets up some interesting scenarios in the first installment.

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Ticket to Anywhere

Below average
Reviewed by IRISH on Aug 07 2014

In the end, Throne of Glass just wasn’t for me and while I initially rated it as a low 3 stars after writing this review I have to drop it down to 2. The more I think about this book the more it frustrates me.

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Rather Be Reading

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Reviewed by Magan on Jul 27 2012

Celaena is a character I want to spend more time with and I want to know everything about. I can’t wait to see what happens in her future and I am so excited Maas has given me a new world to fall in love with.

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Cuddle Buggery Book Blog

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Reviewed by Steph Sinclair on Jul 05 2012

All in all, though it was not what I was expecting, I still enjoyed Throne of Glass. I really believe it will appeal to many young girls and I’m happy to see great examples of strong female characters in a YA novel.

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Book Nerd

Excellent
Reviewed by Giselle on Aug 03 2012

Sometimes a book has an amount of buzz that makes people sit up and take notice. That one book that lived up to all its hype has to be Throne of Glass! Why you may ask? Because quite simply put, it’s epic.

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A Book and a Latte

Good
on Jul 25 2012

This story has something for everyone. There’s plenty of action, friendship, romance, and fantasy...I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Celaen, Dorian, and Chaol in the rest of the series!

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In Bed With Books

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Reviewed by Liviania on Aug 03 2012

I've heard mixed things about THRONE OF GLASS, which truly worried me since I was a fan of the original. (My taste at sixteen was more questionable than it is now.) But I thought Maas's debut was a good read. I'm eager to find out what happens next for Celaena, Nehemia, Dorian, and Chaol.

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Bunbury in the Stacks

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Reviewed by Heidi on Jul 26 2012

If the aim of Throne of Glass is to entertain, yes, great, it does so. If the aim is to be a memorable work that readers will be consuming and praising for generations, no, sorry, I don’t see it entering any annals or winning any awards.

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YA Book Queen

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Reviewed by Lea on Aug 27 2012

I liked this book, but felt a bit underwhelmed. Other readers seem to be loving it, so I'd recommend Throne of Glass to anyone craving a fantasy novel.

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Rally the Readers

Good
Reviewed by Lee on Aug 16 2013

This book had a compulsively readable quality to it. While not everything that happened came as a surprise, that didn’t hinder me from becoming immersed in this world. It’s a richly drawn fantasy world, too, rife with court drama and topped off with a coating of magic.

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Manda-Rae Reads a Lot

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on Oct 23 2014

Something's obviously wrong with me for not liking this book. I guess I couldn't find the character believable. And now I feel left out because I see so many people reading this series and loving it. But I can't continue it.

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Christina Reads YA Blog

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on Aug 06 2012

The intrigue of the world and Celaena herself kept me reading through this well paced fantasy debut. I look forward to seeing where the story unfolds from this.

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Reviewed by Amy on Sep 13 2012

One thing that grated me more often than not was Celaena’s relationship with Prince Dorian...Overall, though, THRONE OF GLASS was a really enjoyable debut...Sarah J. Maas really created an interesting world with great characters who still have lots to share. A very, very good debut.

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The Book Slayer

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Reviewed by thebookslayer on Jul 19 2012

Those who are looking for a kick-butt female character who must battle her demons to fulfill her destiny. Warning: If you love Poison Study then this book will probably rate lower than most. The similarities are many and this book was not as well written.

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It's a Book Thing

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Reviewed by Andrew Tagg on Mar 08 2014

This novel has many things going for it, and it I am sure that if you love high fantasy that you'd love it too. And please, anyone who doesn't think that this book is for them, reconsider, because you'll be missing out on a great series.

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