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“This Book is SOOO good. I think that everyone should read it. In the book, a teen assasin is sent to a death camp, then freed to serve the king in a compotition to see who is the best person for the job of Kings Champion. This book is from the view of a 18 year old girl, but it is very good. I...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I just can't finish this one. I had really high expectations, but the reasoning for my dislike may be more of a personal preference.
“I am an epic fantasy fan so when I had a break in my blogging schedule I jumped at the chance to read Throne of Glass. I haven't read any of the prequels but I can tell you I'm going to make the time and get more of the back story.
Throne of Glass was a white knuckled adventure from start to finish. Sarah J. Maas did a brilliant job creating a world so visual you can reach out and touch it in your mind. I have to admit, I'm glad I didn't read this book last year because I only have to wait a month or so for Crown of Midnight. I know what I will be doing on August 27th. A series I will be following, a fantasy worth reading and a kick butt heroine named Celaena Sardothien, I'm thrilled I took this adventure and look forward to many more.”
“I tried to make it past the 5th page, and just couldn't do it. Not sure if it's because I thought the book was more or what. This is just not my cup of tea.”Antionette Haynes wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“from the moment i picked up this book and read the first page i was hooked. Loved the storyline, characters and love triangle it has going. cannot wait for more”Emily-Jane Honeybrook wrote this review Monday, March 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Being the most feared assassin in Adarlan 17-year-old Celaena considers an honor, even though it has landed her in a slave-labor prison no one has ever survived. the Crown Prince offers to sponsor Celaena in a competition with 23 other criminals that, should she win, will result in her freedom. She’ll become the king’s personal assassin for four years.”Katharine G wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Celaena Sardothien is doing hard labor for being the Assassin of Ardalan, when she's given the opportunity to earn her freedom. Crown Prince Dorian offers her a deal she can't afford to turn down, if she refuses it would mean spending what's left of her life in the Salt Mines of Endovier. Prince Dorian asks her to enter a competition to become a Royal Champion, upon winning she will serve a term as the Kings personal Champion and earn her freedom in a matter of years. As much a Celaena hates the idea of having anything to do with a King she despises with all her soul she knows she has no other choice, it's a lot better than dying a sad death in one of the most horrible work camps. She accepts and begins her journey to becoming a Royal Champion.
Celaena quickly realizes things aren't as they seem when the competition starts and the contestants are dying in the most horrible ways imagined or unimagined. She starts to fear for her life and the other competitors as well, even though there is no love lost between her and most of the competitors, she just can't stomach the idea that someone is trying to eliminate them.
Celaena is a hot head and who doesn't realize her own arrogance, her trainer Captain Westfall and the Prince's best friend has to deal with her impatience and anxiousness to show she's the best. Their distrust for each other was strangely funny, they kept playing an unspoken cat and mouse game with each other. Celaena's mind can be very toxic at times but kind of amusing, she is constantly thinking of ways to kill someone who annoys her, I guess I shouldn't expect anything else from a former assassin. I'm sure she still thinks of herself as one though.
A very unexpected event took place when Celaena was tasked with ridding the evil that is killing the competitors. I thought it would just be her journey for her freedom and a love triangle, but I was very surprised with the twists and turns of this story. I was already loving the story and was even more captivated when all the extra elements of the story started to pop up and added more layers and depth to a very interesting concept. Definitely a must read.”
“Excellent action story about a female assassin to the king. Told from female narrator perspective. Part of a series. ”bklvr2 wrote this review Tuesday, February 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So far so good.”MahakG wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught. Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin's heart be melted?”Simone wrote this review Saturday, February 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not what I expected. Wildly entertaining, well developed and lovable character, and a gripping plot. But the plot got lost halfway through the story when it collided with the romantic sections. I wasn't sure how they connected at the time which made the story confusing.”NerodicNetta wrote this review Saturday, February 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“17-year-old Celaena Sardothien was one of the MOST NOTORIOUS ASSASSINs in Adarlan until she was arrested and convicted to slow and painful death in the Salt Mines of Endovier. After one year, good luck finally smiles upon her when crown prince of Adarlain, Dorian Havilliard, chooses her as his candidate in contest for King's Champion (glorified name for royal assassin) and offers her freedom in exchange for cooperation. A lot of training are in store for Celaena if she is to regain her strength and defeat all other candidates. You think she has the toughest task? Think again. Because, the most troubles will have Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Royal Guard, as he needs to re-train one of the Adarlan's greatest assassins and stop her from killing any member of Royal family while doing that.
Celaena is so full of contradictions. She's girlish and vulnerable at times but also arrogant, nosy, usually out of line, smart, fast, deadly and kick-ass. Of course I liked her. :) Oh and I almost forgot to mention that she's a complete bookworm who loves to read and adores to talk about books all the time. "What's not to like?"
As I mentioned before Celaena is assassin, so expect a lot of training and fighting, but that's not all 'Throne of Glass' has to offer. There is also sweet slow-building love story. But there is one problem (at least for me it's a bad thing). Yes, we are talking about LOVE TRIANGLE between Celaena, Dorian and Chaol. I must admit I cheered for Chaol from the start because he sees not only beauty but also a deadly side of Celaena. Dorian is more enamored in her good looks, disregard for court rules and that she is not impressed with his tittle. Although I do not say that Dorian loves Celaena less, I just think that Chaol's kind of love offers a real chance of true happiness and that Dorian as a royal heir and prince should regard his position more seriously. Only in fairy tales prince ends up with a beautiful servant girl. In real life, prince marries to achieve happiness for his country and people not for himself. At least good princes do that.
'Throne of Glass' is set in Adarlan, but we do not have a chance to learn a lot about the country, people and customs. I was especially interested to learn more about history: hinted fae ancestors and magic abilities, I hope these themes will be better developed in 'Crown of Midnight'.
So, if you do not set your standards for world building and character development high, 'Throne of Glass' will offer you an entertaining quick read with intriguing plot and sweet love story. It could have been better, but since it's Sarah Maas's debut I'm giving 4 stars to 'Throne of Glass' and I hope that she will not disappoint me in the next installment of the series. 27th August can not come fast enough. :)
I recommend this book to fans of: ya high fantasy, kick-ass heroines, love triangles.”