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Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  276,732 Ratings  ·  25,878 Reviews
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 pr
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury Children's
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Dorian I didn't enjoy either of them. I think there are much better books out there.

The second book only really serves to make Celaena even more "special…more
I didn't enjoy either of them. I think there are much better books out there.

The second book only really serves to make Celaena even more "special snowflake".

Celaena is too over-the-top powerful and special, her skills are mentioned but barely ever shown, the narration boasts and boasts that "she's awesome, really!" but all the reader ever gets to see is her whining, her petty revenge and non-stop "witty" banter.

That and she constantly puts down other women because she's "not like them" and shames them for daring to fancy the people she likes. If a woman isn't Celaena or her friend, they're basically depicted as an idiot, liar or otherwise corrupt.

I honestly think this series is among the worst I've ever read. (less)
Ioana It depends on their maturity level, I would say yes and no because if it was a mature sixth grader, than yes, if not, then no.

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What I was expecting:

What I got:

Assassin fail. Annoying heroine win. Maybe I could buy this chick as a badass had she not been:

- Annoying
- Immature
- Petty
- Vindictive
- Judgemental
- Unintelligent
- Emotionally unstable
- Obsessed with appearances
- Ruled by her hubris
- In love with exclamation points!!!!!!!!
- An open book, expression wise
- About as subtle as a rhinoceros
- Incapable of hitting a slow moving target with a flower pot

This might just be a case of “It’s not you, it’s me”. You see, I’v

First cover: "Yeah, don't I look badass in this? Wait, hold on, does my hair and makeup look okay? I think I need to pose like this, so I look all strong and tough."

Second cover: "Fuck off or I'll end you."

I still stand by my opinions on the covers. I never liked the first cover, and am infinitely grateful that they changed them for the sequels. But as far as how Celaena herself is? I would say she's a bit of both. I feel like these covers portray two very different extremes, and Celaena seemed
Rick Riordan
Nov 25, 2014 Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caleana Sardothien, young woman assassin, is betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines of Endovier. After a year, however, she is given an opportunity: If she wins a contest to become the king's champion, she will be granted a four-year contract, working as an assassin for the empire she hates, at the end of which time she will be freed. After reading the premise of the book, I thought, "Sign me up!" After the first chapter, I knew I was in good hands. This book has plenty of mystery, magic, humo ...more
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
3.5-4 stars? I CAN'T DECIDE JUST YET!
I decided to reread this book, as I am about to continue on with the series, finally!
I did really enjoy this the second time round, but found myself a little more critical of a few things. I will be doing a full video review of this soon, so look forward to more of my thoughts then :)
Kitten Blue
Jan 31, 2014 Kitten Blue rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Are you kidding me? What the hell is this shit? How do you screw up your story quite so badly after starting from an INCREDIBLE premise involving the most notorious assassin in the land - now a slave - being offered the chance to win back her freedom, sort of, in a "to-the-death tournament - fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land" [says the back of my book, conveniently forgetting that (a) right before the final duels, the king specifically states that the competitors "can wi ...more
Ben Alderson
Aug 17, 2016 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


What is even going on, how did i not read this sooner! I am now onto Crown Of Midnight and DYING!

Sorry, but it looks like I've been excited for NOTHING. After enticing me with its promises of a reading experience reminiscent of Megan Whalen Turner and George R.R. Martin, Throne of Glass ultimately let me down. Having been excited for this novel for weeks and actually liking the sample I read, I have been brought back to earth now – with a jolt. This YA fantasy is a rather sorry example of its genre.

I have the notion that a big part of this book did not work for me because of its heroine. Ce
Lyanna (I need a Herondale in life)
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CELAENA be all like:

Leaving me like:

Let me just clear things up. People are rating this book low because they don't "like" Celaena, saying she's "arrogant" or "self-centred" or "over-confident," first of all, if Celaena were a guy, you'd be head-over-heels for her. But she's a girl and now her story is being over-looked because, instead of drowning in self-pity, she decides to stand up, throw her hair over her sho
DNF 35%

Meet Celaena. She’s the world’s best assassin. Or so we’re told. She’s very, very talented. Very talented. And famous. She’s also really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, *takes a deep breath* really pretty.
It was true that she had been attractive once, beautiful even.

She looked at her rags and stained skin, and she couldn’
Natalie Monroe
Once again, it seems like I'm in the minority for this book because I didn't like it. It's such a shame too because I'd heard a lot of good stuff about it. Oh well, maybe it's just me...or maybe because this book just plain sucks.

Let's start off with our protagonist, Celaena who's the "greatest assassin in the world."

Okay, I'm cool with that. But it'd be nice if she could actually prove it because from what I've seen, she's once hell of a crappy assassin. People walk in and out of her room all t

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“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”




First of all,look at this amazing cover.I also liked the first one but this is a masterpiece.I do have a weakness for awesome covers,that's why I decided to read this.Also a lot of people recommended this to me,and I heard great things and

Raeleen Lemay
DNF at 29%

I'M SORRY. I JUST CAN'T DO IT. I feel like I could have really enjoyed this book... Two years ago. The hype absolutely killed it for me. Celaena is also really annoying so I'm just going to stop reading this.

I know everybody says the books get better later on but I like to enjoy the beginning and the characters before I invest my time in a 6-book series.
Emily May
Jul 24, 2015 Emily May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of light, chick lit-style fantasy
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, 2013
It feels like Throne of Glass has been a book I've been thinking about maybe reading for a million years. The reviews and ratings from my GR friends on this book are very mixed and I can easily see why after finishing this entertaining but disappointingly tame and romance-y young adult fantasy. Throne of Glass is like Shadow and Bone round two. The premise is awesome for both: full of hardcore warriors/assassins, royal/noble secrets and scandals, a touch of magic... but each one, though entertai ...more
Steph Sinclair

Actual rating 3.5 stars

Thorne of Glass has a lot going for it. It's packed full of action, mystery, likable characters and fun dialogue. On the flip side, it also has a few tropes that I usually make me want to rip my hair out strand by strand: the love triangle, semi-insta love and predictable plot twists. That by no means makes this a bad book, because despite those annoyances, I was fully engrossed in Throne of Glass.

The Plot and Writing:

While the synopsis may come off feeling a little Hunger
Aug 22, 2014 Regan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was sooooo goood! The main female character is amazing, SHE WAS PRACTICAL. Not to mention completely badass, and could kill anyone with a hairpin if she wanted to. Great high fantasy, i cannot wait for the next in the series! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
9/7/16 - ON SALE for $2.99:

7/28/15: Getting a bit of a late start on this reread with my peeps at Buddies Books and Baubles , but I started snooping around the threads, and, DAMMIT, I couldn't help myself. I BLAME YOU, ROBIN. *grumbles*

Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

The first time I saw my sister after I finished reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, she was in the middle of reading the latest book from one of her favorite series.

I did not care. I pestered, cajoled, and har
Sasha Alsberg
Oct 07, 2015 Sasha Alsberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
SO. FREAKING. GOOD. My review will be up this week on my channel Abookutopia :)
Jul 29, 2016 Mitch rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Throne of Glass came to me highly recommended by someone who thinks Twilight is among the best books of all time, so I was instantly wary, but I promised to keep an open mind since, well, high fantasy and a kick ass assassin, what could go wrong? Well, a lot, apparently. I’m not saying this book is by any means on Twilight’s level of awfulness, but it is one of the shallowest, least impressive fantasies I’ve ever read.

I've never read the original, but I think I have a good idea where Sarah J. Ma
I'm afraid this just wasn't for me. I heard it being sold as GRR Martin's Game of Thrones written for the female audience --- well, as a female audience, I am offended. As an avid reader of the fantasy genre, I am saddened that this is marketed as a fantasy-for-females. This being a YA does not excuse it from being riddled with clichés, painfully obvious foreshadowing, and a ghost of a fantasy world ruthlessly overshadowed by romantic overtones.
Fans of fantasy - actual fantasy - I don't suppose
Cait • A Page with a View
Let me first say the Throne of Glass series is one of my absolute FAVORITES of all time. But I cannot deny that this first book is pretty shaky. If you're just starting this series, hang in there: it gets better.

The sheer scope of the worldbuilding in this series is phenomenal, so check it out if you like fantasy. I really can’t think of many other worlds I love this much… I mean, there are demon kings, Fae, witches & wyverns, pirate lords, princes, kingdoms & castles, magic, spirits wi
Christine Riccio
Jan 18, 2014 Christine Riccio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
LOVED THIS BOOK: Here's my full review complete with discussion and theories
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I am ALL about Chaol Westfall. Hot damn.
Kat Kennedy
It’s always intimidating to review a book so loaded by high fan expectations and low critic opinions. This book is DIVIDED, my friend. It will turn husband against wife, brother against sister, dog against cat…wait. Well, you get the idea.

So let me break down what I liked and what I didn’t like so that you can decide whether you want to read it for yourself.

I liked… Celeana. This is not a common thing, apparently.

Isn't Celaena the ditziest, most incompetent assassin ever? :D She's all "ohhh, can
Emma Giordano
Sep 21, 2016 Emma Giordano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book as much as I did the first time around! Very happy I'm starting off this reread right. I can only hope I love the later books as much as I loved the first installment.
Dec 15, 2014 Zoë rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
SO SO SO SO GOOD. It's been too long since I've immediately fallen in love with a series and its characters and I've forgotten how fantastic it feels! Celaena is such a strong female character without giving up the girly things that she enjoys and I love it! Also, I'm having SUCH a hard time deciding who I love more with her, Dorian or Chaol. Every time I feel like I love one more than the other, the other does something adorable and sucks me back in!
I just purchased the second book, Crown of Mi
Kat O'Keeffe
Jan 12, 2014 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome! The main character Celaena is smart, funny, and totally kick-ass. The romantic interests are both great in their own ways--the kind of love triangle I can definitely get on board with. The story ended up surprising me in all the best ways and the world is shaping up to be very cool. There was quite a bit of set-up and world building in this first book, but mostly it just made me super excited to get to the second book and see how this is all going to come into play! If you ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Liam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
( 4.5 STARS )

why have I only just read this book????

I have been looking for a decent fantasy series since finishing a song of ice and fire and I have found one!

The characters, the story, the world building were all brilliant and really made this book stand out. At times the fantasy element was hard to follow but that kind of made it that bit more intriguing!

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact there is a mAP AT THE FRONT OF THE BOOK!! A MAP!!! I LOVED REFERRING BACK TO THE MAP SO MU
Steph Sinclair
It's always interesting to revisit books years after you've read them in a different format. The first time I read Throne of Glass, I wasn't really impressed with the writing, though I was relatively drawn into the story as a whole. However, this time around, with the audio I actually connected with the romance between Dorian and Celaena so much better. This just goes to show you that *when* you read a book and which *format* you choose can make a big difference on your reading experience. Which ...more
Jessica (priceiswong)
Aug 16, 2016 Jessica (priceiswong) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
**Reread August 2016
Reread August 2015** still love it the second time around!!!

I really, really enjoyed this book. Many of you already know that I'm a huge fan of fantasy and this book didn't let me down. The main character, Celaena MADE this book. She is a fierce, assassin who has a much softer, lonelier side as well. I love that we got to read about her fighting and climbing walls (and just being overall really awesome) and then we see her all dressed up in elaborate gowns. (I loved all the
A lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back.


I get it, I really do. I get why some people give this review some negative review talk and a low rating. I've heard how the word "assassin" has been used in wrong ways nowadays in YA novels. You expect some badass assassin that slits throats, isn't afraid of some guy making her gush over him or at least trying, isn't afraid of some pity and puny guy trying to win her over, isn't afraid of what some games have to offer her
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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too
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