- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (Aug. 7 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599906953
- ISBN-13: 978-1599906959
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 635 g
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Throne of Glass Hardcover – Aug 7 2012
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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
About the Author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the Court of Thorns and Roses series. Her books are published in over thirty-six languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.
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To make things more interesting, I’m not even sure why I like it so much! I’ve seen the basic premise before (The Selection and/or The Hunger Games and/or Divergent series come to mind immediately), and so it was predictable (especially in the love interests). The main character has a personality, but she’s too good for most of it, and could use some flaws to make her a tad more relatable...
The writing itself... could use some work too. There’s a LOT of repetition in actions, to the point I almost wanted to make a drinking game of it. Have a drink every time a (male) character puts a hand on the hilt of their sword (two if said hilt is described in detail, three if it’s been described before). Drink something fruity every time a character eats an apple, or something sweet anytime Celaena adds sugar to her porridge. Drink something smokey everytime Kaltain wishes for her pipe. Have a randomly selected drink every time the King “decided just now.” Have another drink of whatever your first drink was anytime a character mentions the possibility of another being sent back to “whatever gutter they came from.” The list goes on – those are just the ones that come to mind as I write this (and/or the ones I saw repeated often enough to make a note of).
All of that said, however, I found these “annoyances” bugged me very little. Call them passing thoughts. “Oh hey, that’s been mentioned before... who cares, what happens next?” sort of thing. Nothing to really bother me too deeply.
I really enjoyed the entire plot, the world, most of the characters. Chaol was my favorite, but I'll get to that in a moment.
I used to be a big fan of love triangles when I was young, but now there's only a few I can stand and a few I really like (Internal Devices trilogy, Arcana Chronicles, Perfect Chemistry) and now this. The reason I like these series are because the triangle is done in an unusual way.
For this book, I enjoyed it. Because Chaol and Dorien are best friends, Chaol kinda holds back. Then the reasons I like Chaol so much more: while Dorien is sweet, he was attracted to her right away and then got to know her. Little intsa-love there. Versus Chaol who HATED Calaena at first. And only through getting to know her and realizing there's more than a murderer to her, does he let himself care. And i enjoyed seeing that transistion. There's also the fact that he as a captain and she as an assassin fit better together than her and the prince.
The most heart wrenching part is Yulemas. First the ball, when Chaol wants to dance with her but can't and then had to watch her with Dorien. And then later when he's watching her from the gardens when she's on the balcony.
Man, I ship these two SO bad.
It seems like I'm focusing a lot on the romance and making it seem like that's all there is to this story--it's definitely not. The whole murder aspect, the competition, they made the book. And Chaol. Can't forget him!
The balance of Celaena's moments in finery with her time in training and competition were really well done in terms of revealing her character. She is as comfortable and confident in either situation, though her sometimes overwhelming ego makes it difficult for her to hold back the truth about her identity. I appreciate that, while her time in slavery does haunt her, there is no over-indulgent brooding. Celaena maintains a level of charm and sass that makes it easy to understand why the prince, the captain and soon the visiting Princess Nehemia find her endearing as often as they find her frustrating.
As much as I loved these moments of Celaena getting to be herself with Dorian, Chaol and Princess Nehemia, I grew impatient with the repeated referrals to her as Adarlan’s Assassin as there was little but her repetition of her esteemed title that indicated her skill. While she occasionally got to display her physical abilities, the focus of the story moved away from the competition. And while I suppose I have no choice but to accept that she is an excellent assassin with a hit list to prove her worthy of the praise, her survival training seems suspect.
Still, these moments reveal that Celaena is just a normal girl beneath whatever title she may hold and whatever tortures she's been through. The moment she truly endeared herself to me was when she discovered the library and happily twirled through it. The book won me over when her follow up with the prince on this library led to him commanding her to read his favourite books that they might discuss them. I immediately developed a strong desire for Celaena, Dorian and Chaol to start up a secret book club.
Magic is initially very subtle. It has been banished, when the book begins, but it is evident that it will play a role in Celaena's future. I liked that I almost forgot about the fantasy aspect as Celaena adjusted to her new life. Maas spent a healthy amount of time developing the characters and their relationships. There is most certainly romance involved, but it does not preclude friendship. Once these bonds are strongly established, the story eases back into the major plot of the competition and the magic that will eventually alter Celaena's experience.
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