Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass Series, Book 1

eBook - 2012
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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.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9781599909394
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Celaena Sardothien is a noted assassin competing to the death against soldiers, assassins, and others to earn the role as the king's champion and eventually her long-denied freedom. First in a series.


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karen_qin
Jul 12, 2017

SPOILER ALERT. THEre is a cliffhanger at the end of the seind book. this series is amazing

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brown_monkey_502
Jul 10, 2017

The Throne of Glass is one of my favorite books! It's action-packed, gory, based on a different world, and romantic. Celaena Sardorthien, the main protaginist, is a notorious assassin. she is swift, deadly, and heartless. She has been summoned to the castle by the King of Adarlan, whom she despises. The king says he will release her on one condition: Celaena must participate in a contest. a contest against twenty-one thieves, murderers, assassins, and prisoners. If she wins this fight to the death competition, she will gain her freedom and be titled as the King's Champion. Will the once deadly assassin participate in this bloodbath? For her freedom? A new life?

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MildredW328
Jul 07, 2017

THIS BOOK IS SOOOOOO GOOD!!!!! I would recommend this book to teens. This book has such a thrilling story behind that cover. Celaena is a assassin who is trying to be the King's Champion. I won't write more because I don't want to spoil the book to the readers. But I warn readers who cannot stand very gory and violent books so I recommend this book to people who are open minded to everything.

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gurleenpurewal
Jul 05, 2017

This book was SO good, I read it in one night. I recommend it for high school students. This series is about an assassin, but I'm not going to give any spoilers to those young readers out there. Anyways, I recommended it to all my friends, who also read it and loved it. I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK IT WAS ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!! I couldn't put it down. :)

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blue_otter_295
Jun 08, 2017

I couldn't put it down!

SnoIsleLib_CandyceP May 03, 2017

An adventurous tale involving a female assassin, a love triangle, a strong friendship, an enchanted world filled with magic, and a fight to the death. Celaena Sardothien, a young assassin sentenced to slavery in the salt mines, is pulled out by the Prince of Adarlan, and charged with the impossible task of fighting other assassins to the death to become the King's Assassin. Danger lurks around every corner, and as secrets are revealed, readers will be clamoring for the next installments.

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dcwwcd
Apr 27, 2017

The plot was well formed and entertaining and what kept me going in this book. I finally gave up at about 35 % through, even though I really wanted to see how it was going to fall out. The plot and storyline was that entertaining. But-The characters seemed shallow, and like 14 year olds, posturing, in love but denying it. REALLY! This is a world class assassin who has murdered multiple people, who has endured an unthinkable prison, beaten, traumatized, betrayed. She has no subtly, strategy, cleverness, or hardness. She whines, pouts, and is immature. We are told she is a class act assassin, but her dialogue and behavior is that of a 14 year old spoiled school girl, with her two boys of interest. The lack of psychological depth and build of the characters detracted from a great storyline for me. Obviously others love it. So to each their own, and I do wish to affirm the author on her plot that builds suspense and captures the reader.

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lhiblar
Apr 25, 2017

couldn't put the book down.

AL_TIEGAN Apr 19, 2017

At 17, the most notorious assassin was caught and sent to work the slave mines for the rest of her life, however long that might be, since many do not last more than a few months. After a year, she is pulled from work to meet with the crown prince. He offers her the chance to compete for the position of King's Champion against 20 other contestants. If she wins and works for the king for four years, she will be given her freedom. But how much will she have to sacrifice of herself to work for the man who conquered the nation, toppling many other monarchies - the man who sentenced her to work in the slave mines?

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ADWithrow
Mar 19, 2017

Maas is a wonderful talent. I love her work. But this was a little lower on the totem pole for me than ACOTAR as a first entry in a series. However, Maas is also the queen of the prequel. So I am definitely continuing the series.

Celaena was solid here. I understand how some people were irritated with her constant talk of how she looked and her pretty dresses. It did get a little grating after a while. However, I loved how she was capable and pretty bad ass.

Dorian was only OK for me. He was your atypical "different" prince who wasn't to marry for love not duty, doesn't agree with daddy's policies...blah, blah, blah. I feel like there could have been more here and the character fell a bit flat for me.

Chaol, however, I enjoyed quite a bit. I liked what little of his backstory we got and found him to be interesting. Nehemia is also a great addition.

My big problem here, as opposed to ACOTAR, and a reason for a full star deduction was the unneeded and far too frequently focused on love triangle. I just don't think it was necessary. I think the plot, with the competition and the murders and the elements of magic/sorcery were more that enough to carry the book and give solid insights into the characters. I really didn't need the triangle and don't feel that it did the characters justice.

That all being said: I did enjoy the book and the intro to this world. For me though, after ACOTAR and ACOMAF maybe my expectations are a it high. No one can compare to Rhysand....and it is a touch unfair of me to compare. Again, sticking with the series since I know that Maas doesn't disappoint in the long run.

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yuerongchen
Jul 20, 2016

"Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us---to haunt our thoughts long after we've faced them."

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

“Names are not important. It's what lies inside of you that matters.”

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jws714
Jun 29, 2016

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

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Fongpen
Jun 19, 2016

"I want to thank you..."
"For what?"
"...for making my freedom mean something".
- Celaena to Chaol, page 350

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Schoolgurl95
May 01, 2016

"Get up." - Chaol Westfall

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Schoolgurl95
May 01, 2016

“There was good in people - deep down, there was always a shred of good.”

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SilverFire
Aug 17, 2015

I will not be afraid.
-Celaena Sardothien

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SerenaFoster
Aug 13, 2015

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

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EricaMcKay
Jul 19, 2015

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

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olive_bird_01
Jul 22, 2015

Assassin Celaena must fight to the death to become the champion of the king, a man she has sworn to kill.

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olive_bird_01
Jul 22, 2015

Assassin Celaena must fight to the death to become the champion of the king, a man she has sworn to kill.

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