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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 (235 ratings)

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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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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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Throne of Glass

Had this book on my bookshelf for two years. I didn't know when and or if I was ever going to read it because I knew that there were multiple books in the series and I wasn’t ready to commit but after this book was announced in my book club as the book of the month I had to stop procrastinating.

I don't know much about assassins, but I don't expect them to act like Celaena Sardothien. Caelena's at first was too cocky and arrogant for me to want to continue reading but once I got into the story a bit more, the whole experience was great! I loved the inner monologue that you heard as you read. She appeared girly and fancy while at the castle but she was a badass while training and during the challenges. I noticed that as a character she has such a big heart. And honestly - I love that about her. For example, she tells Dorian she will never forgive him if he puts down a dog. Which I totally get (being a dog person) but for reals, haven't you killed so many people? Hmm.

Dorian
Dorian is my number one ship. I have to confess I took an immediate liking to Dorian, which I was not expecting. That will never change. He was as I expected a little too princely and arrogant and just a bit excessively charming. I like the way he thinks and holds himself. I like the way he sees the stars when he looks at Celaena. I mean! For Celaena's puppy, he suggests the name "Goldie" which is very stupid, I know, but it was the EXACT name 11-year-old me wanted to name a dog. The fact that he as a character shows so much potential is exactly why I adore him the most.I'm not even kidding you. I adore him. The ending made me rather sad because of this. Fleetfoot is cute enough, I guess. Sigh.

This had just the right amount of magic for me not to get lost. If you're not completely turned off by love triangles and enjoy traveling to new worlds where magic is forbidden and real, then this book comes with my recommendation - just ignore the cover and the unpronounceable names!

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Not at all like Game of Thrones

The main character is unlikable and completely unbelievable as "the world's greatest assassin." Every chapter has about 1 or 2 sentences mentioning the tournament or training, then drags on for the rest about her love triangle. I was hoping it would get better but the reviews I've read on the second book say it gets worse. The narrator is okay. She's doing the best with the little she has to work with.

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  • Fil
  • 2013-11-18

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2014-12-14

Awful

I made it to the final two hours of this audiobook during a car trip before I snapped and "skimmed" through the ending. In hindsight, I wish I had listened to reviewer Fil, who accurately describes Celaena as a sap. I honestly can't think of anyone to recommend this book to.

Part of the problem lies in the author's attempt to combine several genres: an action-packed, bloody mystery-adventure-fantasy novel with a solid dose of romantic sexual tension sounds like a great read, doesn't it? And it might have been, had Maas developed any of these ideas thoroughly. Instead, she briefly attempts to develop the "assassin" backstory only moments before plunging into the "romantic" aspect or the thrilling adventure, etc. in a way that is scattered and bizarre. Her prose is uninspired and long-winded. Her characters have illogical reactions considering their roles in life and the story. (Example: a Captain of the Guard for the bloodiest, most ruthless ruler in the known world that stares in guilty horror at his hands after slaying a criminal that was about to murder the woman he's secretly in love with. Yeeeeeeeeah, riiiiiiight …… <--- *Disgusted disbelief.*)

On top of this illogical character development and sloppy writing, Celaena just sucks as a person. She's bratty and egotistical without any backstory or inner monologues to flesh her out. Why is Celaena so famous? Who has she assassinated? Why is she so feared? What makes her think she's better than everyone else? What's her damage? Has she ever had a meaningful conversation with anyone ... ever?

Don't expect answers to these questions by the end of this glacially paced book. This is a shallow story about a girl that is miraculously gifted in all physical skills, a point that is driven home in the way that she bounces back to full health after a year-long stay in a cozy death camp--her world's equivalence to Auschwitz. I'm sorry, but how many Jewish survivors did you hear about that were running in the Olympics only a few weeks after their release? Maas CAN'T have ever trained for any physical competition in her life because she seems to think a few mentions of Celaena puking after a long run are sufficient to give credence to her recovery in about a dozen combat and survival skills. After only a couple of weeks, she can scuttle up smooth, flat walls like a gecko, overpower men three times her body weight, and shoot the hairs off a fly's back from three football fields away (with a bow and arrow)! Her beauty, wit, and charm enchant all and her gallant, noble actions earn her the respect of everyone she meets--save the black-hearted King and his evil pawns! (I think the author also forgot to mention that she poops solid gold and walks on water, too. Maybe she's waiting to reveal that in book 2.)

Authors of old pulp fiction/dime novels like Anthony Hope (Prisoner of Zenda) or Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, John Carter) could have pulled off such ridiculously gifted characters in an absurd, rip-roaring adventure. Maas does not have this talent. The story is slow and takes thirty minutes to describe a chess or billiards game between Celaena and the Prince, which they play while they discuss … absolutely nothing. I've felt more sexual tension between my grandmother and a cashier at the local pharmacy where she buys hemorrhoid cream. The author spends more time describing the clothing in the scenes than any perceived or observed emotions/reactions/facial expressions. The prince and the Captain are as interesting as cardboard cut-outs, and the "mysterious" killer of the competitors takes all of one second for the listener to identify.

All in all, this really was just an absurd, boring story with terrible world-building and an even more terrible plot. Save your money/credit/time, and skip it!

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  • Brianna
  • 2017-10-14

Eh

Since this book IS meant for 11-13 year olds, I'm leaving three stars. I purchased the title after seeing the extensive catalog, only later remembering that the two series I've read recently with more than seven books gave me a 50/50 shot that this series would be decent. I'm also allowing for the choices -maybe- made by the narrator (and not directed) in the main character's attitude, at least in the way she speaks.

So say.. you're eighteen. You're a young woman. You're the most famous assassin in the world. The BEST assassin in the world. You were betrayed and captured, succesfully sent to slave away the rest of your life in salt mines. You've been whipped, but only bear three scars on your back from the ordeal. You leave your nails 'jagged' instead of biting them down low, presumably never having an itch to scratch. You are unable to adapt to your new, terrible environment and are unable to escape or 'suicide by cop'. You are a TERRIBLE assassin.

And say.. there's something killing off the competition you enter to win your freedom. You adjust the hinges on the doors to your room so they'll make plenty of noise and you'll be sure that no one and noTHING catches you off guard and murders you. Regular not-sneaky-sneaky-assassin people in the castle proceed to SNEAK UP ON YOU AND GO IN AND OUT OF YOUR ROOM WITHOUT YOUR NOTICE. SEVERAL TIMES. You are a TERRIBLE assassin.

Say you boast about how easy it would be to kill the guards on your room, or the captain of those guards, or anyone else for that matter. Except when your new princess-biffle has only two guards you proclaim those two men alone would cut you down before you could do anything to said biffle. Are their curved swords able to turn you into a bumbling idiot in an infomercial? The King; one man has you quaking in your 'Queen of the Underworld' 'Protege of the King of Assassins' issued boots like a fragile damsel. You are a TERRIBLE assassin.

Say you're the somber and handsome Captain of the Guard. Say the world has been at war for.. what.. a decade at least? You've never killed a single person. You have never even seen battle and carnage. You should not have the office that you do. Now, I don't know much about captains of guards and what they should be except for the lovely details from Game of Thrones. I might be kinder to this book, and I might have yelled at it less if they were not comparing it to Game of Thrones. But they are. So I screamed and wanted to puke. Often. Because producers or PR people were brazen enough to compare the two series to ride GoT's coat tails to success. Regardless, you, somber tall-dark-and-handsome, are a TERRIBLE captain.

I gagged several times at her attitude alone. For the Most Famous Assassin, THE Assassin, The Queen of the Underworld, the only person to make it more than three feet when trying to escape the salt mines--And on that note, you HAD someone measure the distance between the mine and the wall/freedom?? That would be a thing that people just KNOW. The archers would need to have that information. DISTANCE IS AN IMPORTANT MEASUREMENT FOR THE PROFESSION OF 'ARCHER'.

The monster that terrifies our heroine has a relatively small bite-radius that bothers me.

The fact that she is petty enough to be bothered by a jealous, bitchy girl--to the point of being pretty sure she'd be okay if said bitchy girl dropped dead--bothers me considering how much /compassion/ she has for people as a whole.

I'm listening to the second book. I drive for a living, and yelling at this silly, famous assassin, queen of the underworld, most beautiful girl in the land, who, it turns out, is little more than a soggy tampon lurking in the shadows, is incredibly cathartic.

All in all.. It's fine, I guess. Listening to it, I thought it was meant for teens, but since it is listed in the age range of 11-13, it comes with a handicap of some kind.. I guess. Maybe I would have loved these books as a child. I'd like to think I wouldn't.

I might be wrong, but I am pretty sure she never 'saved the cat' and truly ingratiated herself to me. She just.. exists as an 18-year old in a world out to kill her or control her or kiss her or scratch her eyes out in jealous rages. The princess Nehemia is the one exception and I quickly found myself wanting HER as my protagonist.

I am several chapters in the second book and already I am screaming in outrage. It reads like a bad movie, I think. I was annoyed that every chapter, even not in the MC's pov, was primarily about her, in a stupid reverse Bechdel Test. I think the author wanted and played at GoT-inspired intrigue and politicking, but wasn't able (or willing) to stray far enough from Queen Assassin of the Underworld to find anything else interesting.

My prediction for this next book: More boys infatuated with the unobtainable and aloof and clever and beautiful Assassin. More of the Assassin's fumbling and acting younger than her actual age even after a decade of rigorous and merciless training and being stuck in a horrid mine for a year. Again the author will think of a new word or phrase well into the book and PILE it on because it's so clever and impressive. More of the main character remaining alive not because of her own skill, but because of the meta-power of being the main character.

If you enjoy bad movies, you might enjoy this book. If you don't mind poorly concealed future plot twists and poorly executed hints at these things, you might enjoy this book. If you enjoy having a reason to say &quot;Even -I- could write better than this!&quot; over and Over and OVER again, you might enjoy this book. If you want to write and need a horrible something to give you the drive to pick up a pen again, you might enjoy this book. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste the credits. I happen to enjoy these things(or at least enjoy complaining about them because my own life is so dull), so I will likely listen to the whole of this author's catalog for this specific entertainment value.

Also.. That strange, so-interesting eye color of yours, Most Feared Assassin? Pretty sure it's called 'hazel'.

Alright, now I'm just being mean. Happy listening, all.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 2018-02-06

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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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  • Trinity
  • 2014-01-22

Save the credit!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe an angst-ridden pre-teen would find all the drama and whining more acceptable.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything else.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elizabeth Evans?

Although all the characters constantly sounded arrogant and bratty, I don't think the narrator can be held solely responsible; the author's writing is just as much to blame.

What character would you cut from Throne of Glass?

All of them! The "world's best assassin" "wrings her hands in worry" and lets people sneak up on her on a regular basis. She spent her career carefully hiding her identity, yet now constantly whines that no one respects her or takes her seriously because they don't know who she is. The "spoiled prince" is an arrogant womanizing jerk, who refuses to marry because every woman he's ever met is "mentally inferior". Listening to them is like listening to a bunch of immature 12-year-old spoiled rotten brats.

Any additional comments?

Save the credit!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013-12-31

It's no Game of Thrones...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Born2Soon
  • 2019-03-04

Astonishingly Insipid

If you are a lady who spends time fantasizing about flirting with princes, this book is for you. Everyone else, avoid this like your IQ depends on it.

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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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