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Throne of Glass

A Throne of Glass Novel
Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (325 ratings)

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Audible Editor 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.

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.

What the critics say

"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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first-time listener with A.D.HD

Elizabeth Evans was able to grab my attention long enough for me to realize that I love this book.

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Alleged assassin develops stockholm syndrome

I'm having a hard time finishing this, but I bought it so I've got too. The book starts off really well with a good hook, but now I hate it. The protagonist, the most feared assassin in the land it taken by the prince to win her freedom by fighting in a tournament. You soon learn that our assassin is seemingly nothing but hot air about her abilities. She talks about how easily it would be to kill everyone, but she doesn't have a homicidal bone in her body. Her competence as an assassin is extremely questionable because every character in the book can sneak up on her. Now the part that really is killing this book for me is the romance. She's constantly wanting to kiss and touch the men holding her hostage. The prince is a shallow and ignorant womanizer that just sounds so slimy, but the assassin is falling for him. The captain of the guard (who sounds like a better assassin then the assassin is) is the most boring man alive. But since these are the only people she sees, I've concluded that this book is somehow some clever insight into what Stockholm syndrome looks like from the victim's perspective. ugh and so much teen angst in this book. I feel like I'm watch a CW superhero series. I hate these characters, I hate how incompetent the so called master assassin is, and I hate that I'm forcing myself to finish this book. Voice actor's not terrible, but she has that female voice actor tendency to try to lower her voice for male characters, which is a pet peeve for me. It's like me raising my voice when trying to sound like my mother, it's just too fake. Please, normal pitch is fine for male characters, you don't have to try to sound buff.

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Main character is a immersion breaking contradiction.

The main character is the world’s greatest assassin? She acts like a 14 year old never mind an 18 year old who killed a ton people. Was also not a fan of the writing style. The narrating is just not good enough. Can’t distinguish characters at all. Was 8 chapters in and could not take it anymore. Returned. Way too many people give 5 stars for the most mediocre books.

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the main character pisses me off.

she is supposed to be some baddass assassin. but at the same time she reads like a daddies girl. it's giving me whiplash. fantasy romance trash.

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Relieved the story continues!!

Being my first experience with an audio book, I was unconvinced the first few times I listened, but when I listened in the car during an hour-long drive, I was hooked! Enticing storyline with a mix of fantasy, adventure and the promise of romance- can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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very engaging story

I really enjoyed the story, the book is great very engaging! The narration is good in the way that she gave each character their own voice, however she sometimes was so quiet that I had to rewind and crank up the volume to hear the one sentance that was whispered.

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More! I Want More!

Glad there are more in this series because this first one has me hooked! Fantasy, intrigue and a touch of romance perfectly swirled together in this dessert of words.

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Very enjoyable!

Loved the story, and loved getting to know the characters and world. Downloaded the second volume before I finished the first one

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Fantastic.

This series, along with other Sarah J Maas books is just amazing. Can never put books done or stop listening. Great read. #Audible1

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Entertaining!

Great book with action, romance, and a hint of magic. I also found the heroine funny and relatable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-06

give it a chance

even though some of the reviews weren't kind I gave ut a chance and really liked the book. well definitely contribute with book 2 and more. some readers were unforgiving about the fact that Celaena is still a teenager and growing emotionally, phychologically, as a person. can't wait to see what she grows to be. but im also a much bigger fan of her Court of Thorns & Roses series. in love with them actually. More adult though!!

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  • Virginia
  • 2019-11-07

love it

This is a very good book! I look forward to the rest of the serious!

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  • Dennis
  • 2019-11-06

Amazing

this is still one of my favorite books to read or listen to. Amazing job

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  • 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧
  • 2018-02-06

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I had no idea going into this book what is was about and I'll be honest Fantasy really isn't my genre of choice but this was for a book club discussion. With that said, I really enjoyed this book. The world building was great and didn't at any point start to feel like it was too much. The main character is a serious badass with nothing to lose, seriously she is an assassin! I loved her personality and her sarcasm. The two main male characters are very powerful and both have a softer side and plans.

This book had it all!! A harsh competition among a group of criminals, magic, another realm, beasts, a really gripping story, a seriously tough sarcastic women and two powerful men on her side! This was so much more than I expected and I'm so glad I listened to it. I will be continuing with the series!! I need to know what happens next. Oh and the best thing... No Cliffhanger! I described it to someone as a New Adult version of the Hunger games with a little YA Game of Thrones thrown in ;)

The narration was perfect for this book, the heroine is 18 and the narrator has a young voice. She became Celaena immediately for me and not a narrator reading the book to me

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  • Joel Võsu
  • 2015-12-03

Good story, poor presentation

I liked the story, but not the narration. Many times it was so annoying that I considered stopping listening and reading instead.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013-12-31

It's no Game of Thrones...

Any additional comments?

I have never felt compelled to write a review before, but I want to save you from a mistake. This book has a splash on the cover that says "Fans of Game of Thrones and Hunger Games will love this!" I think George R.R. Martin is a genius and his books have cost me numerous nights of sleep. And who doesn't love Katniss? So if this book had a strong sassy no bs female lead in a world similar to GOT this could be worth a read? No.The lead character can wield a weapon, though the fight specifics are often lacking. "She knocked him out." "She hit the target dead center." Her emotional development is young. She's vain and annoying. Maybe she will grow up as the series plays out, but I won't be along for the ride to find out.Though Katniss and Celaena would be fighting on the same side I think Katniss would be doing a lot of eye rolling in having to deal with Celaena. The male characters are a bit more interesting. If you are a hard core GOT fan you will be bored silly. This book has nowhere the depth, plot nor characters to hold your attention. Hunger Games is a more fair comparison and while some of the story is similar (strong female lead out to thwart an unfair society) the comparisons end there.I probably would have liked this book when I was in high school. If you are a grown up look elsewhere...

PS I would not have bothered to write this review had the publisher not tried to hoodwink GOT and HG fans...

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  • Ramsey
  • 2015-09-19

Love the story, HATE HATE HATE the narration!

The story is awesome! I would have given the overall rating 5 stars had it been narrated by someone (anyone) else!
Why did the narrator choose to make the main character sound so nasally, smug, and annoying? I gave the performance 1 star but that is only because giving negative stars was not an option! I don't often give negative reviews but I truly disliked everything about the narration!

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  • Book Lover
  • 2015-12-26

Cheap romance novel

Absolute garbage, this book is about a young woman who just got out of at least a year in prison with hard labor and immediately gets the hots for her captors - a prince and a captain who we keep hearing are real hotties in their tight pants and eyes of "rich, melted brown" (what the heck is melted brown anyway).

The whole time the lead characters are throwing temper tantrums and insulting each other, the bad guys are all scarred and ugly, the mean girls are all pretty and - well - mean, and on and on it goes. I can only listen to a little bit at a time because it's one of the most tiresome audiobooks I've ever come across. If you're in a good mood when you hit play, you won't be 5 minutes later.

So far I'm on chapter 11 and still there has been zero action, just a narrator in the voice of the "heroine" spitting out airheaded comments like descriptions of dresses, insults to people and empty threats. I suspect I won't make it much further, but am still hoping that once the fighting begins the characters will improve, but suspect they won't. I suspect the author knows nothing about fighting and will continue to focus on dresses and appearances.

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  • Pendragon
  • 2015-11-14

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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  • Travis Liljenquist
  • 2019-05-06

The greatest asinine

I'm really baffled at how this book gets so many good reviews. I had written a long review, then realized I could sum it up much quicker. Would the greatest assassin know more about sword fighting, than they did about poisons? The author has zero clue about the main subject she's writing about, which is Celaena, the worlds greatest assassin. Poison is the number one tool of an assassin, and Celaena is clueless about it. She's also clueless about how not to be sneaked up on. Everything the author writes would make much more sense if Celaena were a warrior, but that's not what the author chose. She chose assassin, and precedes to write a story where it is obvious she has zero clue about what an assassin is. This story is like if I wrote about the worlds greatest spy, and the spy had zero observational skills, was loud and obnoxious, and liked to brag about being a spy to everyone.

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  • DUBOIS
  • 2015-02-01

excellent

the most thrilling story i have ever listened to, performed by a great reader. you jusqu'à can't put it down!

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