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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, read by Elizabeth Evans.

The book that started the phenomenon. Sarah J. Maas' global number one best-selling Throne of Glass series has taken the world by storm.

Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an 18-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?

©2012 Sarah J. Maas (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

What the critics say

"One of the best fantasy book series of the past decade." (Time Magazine on the Throne of Glass series)

"Celaena is as much an epic hero as Frodo or Jon Snow!" (New York Times best-selling author Tamora Pierce on the Throne of Glass series)

"Epic fantasy gold." (USA Today on the Throne of Glass series) 

What listeners say about Throne of Glass

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Mary Sue through and through

From the first chapter the MC is a painful Mary Sue she's painfully dense despite her earned accolades yet everyone still throws themselves at her feet cause... she's beautiful but not TOO beautiful. oh and the king hates her cause... she was doing her job?
I dunno there is so much left un explained in peoples motivations and actions that i just couldn't bring myself to care.

This was a hard read for me and honestly should have been a DNF for me. But i stubbornly stuck it out. Everything goes well for the MC at every turn. she's never really in danger because everyone else is looking out for this badass assassin. who everyone gets the drop on without trying.

if you enjoy Mary Sue kind of characters you'll enjoy this book. if not I'd avoid it.

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Terrible narration

I’m finding it really difficult to tease out why this was such an awful listening experience. Yes, the narrator was terrible, but would it have been any better if a listen with a better narrator? I honestly don’t know. Regardless, I certainly wouldn’t advise wasting your money on this one.

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Awesome.!

I'm spoiled by Sara"a series about Faiera, Reese, Elaina, Marcus and the 4 courts Spring Summer Autumn Winter. Was unsure about this but was in withdrawal from the above series. But this was a really great start to this series. If they crossed over, that would be cool!??

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  • Jaz
  • 2021-04-16

Good story however...

I really enjoyed this story. Although there are a few things that bothered me about the story nothing compared to how much the narrator annoyed me when it came to male voices. It was hard to like ANY OF THEM when the narrator made them all sound so dense. I’m torn between purchasing a paperback so I can read it my own way or just powering through the series in audio.

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riveting.

way better than acotar, say what u want I love this main character omg. NEXT!

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good book

I thought it was a good book. I would mainly listen while driving to work.

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  • I. Web
  • 2021-05-25

Is the narrator bored?

I’m only a few hours in but this is a struggle. The narrator has a cadence with awkward breaks and she sounds bored? Dismissive? The narrators voice for the main character sounds like someone who is constantly eye-rolling, and then every other character sounds like a snooty brat. I’m having a hard time getting into this based on the narration.

As far as the story goes, I’m not buying this nervous, unobservant girl is a hardcore assassin too.

If you’re not invested in Sarah J Maas in general, I suggest passing on this.

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  • abreanna
  • 2021-01-30

This book!

I love Sarah J. Maas and the relationship she builds between characters. She has a wonderful writing style! I read ACOTAR before reading this series and I just love the way she wrote!! It’s so easy to read and nothing ever gets boring with her!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-05-24

Young adult, sure

From some of the more critical reviews, I was expecting something more uncomfortably “YA”, yet I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I can understand the frustrations of the MC being a stone cold prodigy one moment, and then, you know...just acting her age the next, but it’s not a contradiction; it feels actually quite realistic, if you’ve ever known someone so incredibly talented but is still clearly growing into themselves. Add the trauma of the work camp in addition to simply being away from her craft for a year... of course she’s not formidable and invincible the moment we meet her. Her inconsistency makes even more sense the more her backstory unfolds in the subsequent books. I would recommend keeping an open mind and then simply enjoying the ride.

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  • george
  • 2021-05-12

I tried...

I really tried, but had to stop halfway through.
it was in my recommended list and had good reviews, so I gave it a shot.
The MC is supposed to be this super renown assassin, but comes off as a jumpy rabbit with NO environmental awareness, and is always startled, or scared.by something.
The love triangle is forced, awkward, and makes no sense considering the involved characters roles. Oh, and like Oh Em Gee, Mc is like, soooo embarrased, so often.
The Narrator does a good job at giving characters different voices, but makes the MC sound like a little girl instead of this hardened super assassin shes supposed to be.
I just cant get into this, I kept hoping it would get better, but all the characters are written like freshmen teens in a 90s sitcom.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-29

Excellent book - poor narration

I read all of this series, as did my daughter and husband. I decided to share the audio book with a friend on a road trip. I can not express how badly Evans seems to miss the nuances in the conversations. Wasnt Sarah j Maas consulted on her reading?? Dorian and Chaol Are portrayed always as snooty brats. That doesn’t feel accurate. Even Philippa is portrayed as a persnickety lady in waiting. No one I know who read the books feels that way about her. It’s absolutely so disappointing to hear how silly Evans makes all of these characters feel. This is a huge miss on the portrayal of this wonderful book.

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  • Trent
  • 2021-04-23

Not as good as ACOTAR, but still good!

I started this after ACOTAR and found it to be good, but not quite as good. I will definitely read the series though!

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  • Jasmine
  • 2021-04-21

Silly and doesn't make sense

I thought I would like this book but the dialog is just too cringy and the main characters personality doesn't make sense. She claims to not have been "broken" after living in one of the worlds toughest prisons but gets scared when being in front of the king or in high places?? She's also described as this amazing assassin that people cower in fear of but is easily beaten by the captain of the guards when sparring???

Everything just contradicts itself. I wouldn't recommend reading this, there are much better books out there.

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  • Saphron
  • 2021-03-07

Great story, terrible voices.

I love these books and their story. The reader read well,but some of their voices for characters were not to well done. A squeaky British accent for a giant hulking tribesman from the mountains seems like an odd and distracting choice.

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  • Jena
  • 2021-03-31

Amazing Book

Started this book due to a recommendation and I am not sorry about it! Can't wait to start book #2.

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  • lilmomo
  • 2021-03-27

In LOVE!!

Wonderful story line! Absolutely addictive from the beginning!! This is a must read for anyone!!

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