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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, November 2013 - I fell in love with Sarah Maas’ Throne of Glass series, because it completely and utterly transported me to another time and place. The story is focused around smart and sassy teen assassin Celaena Sardothien, who is pulled out of the slavery salt mines of Endovier and brought to the Crown Prince, who presents her with an interesting proposition. If she wins a competition to become the corrupt King’s royal assassin, she will win her freedom after serving the kingdom for three years. Throne of Glass has the competitive elements of The Hunger Games, the royal family dysfunction of Game of Thrones, which amounts to a truly captivating listen. —Sarah, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

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.
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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By Fil on 11-18-13

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.

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By Pendragon on 11-14-15

Ok but......

I gave it a chance but an assassin that doesn't kill isn't much of an assassin. She boast of being an assassin but even in the preview for the next book, she's not really killing anyone she's just making it seem like she is, which is kinda boring to me!

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By jf101 on 12-30-16

Most Definitely Not Game of Thrones

Would you try another book written by Sarah J. Maas or narrated by Elizabeth Evans?

Not in this series. The underlying premise is interesting - female assassin, training camp for bad guys, unknown mission - but the world building is very limited and the main character is highly unconvincing. This is my main problem with the audiobook and in the end the reason I could not finish the book. A hardened female assassin who has killed 20+ guards trying to escape from the prison mine, undergone a brutal training regime with a master criminal with many assassinations under her belt essentially acts like a naive teenager in almost all the situations she is faced with. There are so many inconsistencies between the "super assassin" premise and how she actually behaves it becomes impossible for the story to hold any credibility. Comparisons to GoT or the Name of the Wind are utterly misplaced. The narration is good, but cannot redeem the story.

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By Mr. M. Fyleman on 11-08-17

Ok listen, stretched credibility in places

This was an ok yarn, and Sarah J Mass writes proficiently. That said, she readily re-hashes the tropes of the female YA market - if I read another YA where a young woman is torn between two young men I think I’ll scream!

My biggest gripe is with the central character. The set up is obviously aiming at her being a gritty survivor in the mould of Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games series. However, she quickly turns into a bit of a girlie girl, far too caring and emotional for someone supposed to be a professional assassin. Also for someone trained as an assassin from a young age, she seems to lack some basic coordination skills - unable to handle a pool cue without instruction? - really? (Btw - Sarah should look up billiards on Wikipedia, they are clearly playing American pool in that scene. It’s not an important point, but shows a laziness with research).

Both character and writer only really begin to show their potential in the final fight scene. This was well written and tense, and you could see signs of the assassin breaking through.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad story and I don’t regret spending the credit. It’s just that with a little more polish it could have been good, possibly even great. I have just purchased the second in the series to see if the potential is better realised in that one.

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By Juliet on 06-10-16

Mish mash of stories already written

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.

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By MeGaVoltZ on 03-15-16

Bratty main character and under-developed emotional depth

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.

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