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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 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?
It's not simply good, it's gorgeous and epic, and beautiful, and everything a book should be. Can't wait to get my hands on polished version. ― A fan on Goodreads
Epic, witty, and brilliantly plotted... I am one of the thousands of people who read this book on Fictionpress several years ago and fell in love with it, and I am counting down the days until it gets published. ― A fan on Goodreads
Magic fuses every word of this book together, and I found myself loving all the characters as I got to know them. This is a beautiful read ― A fan on Goodreads --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.
- ASIN : B008BJ3RP2
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (2 August 2012)
- Language : English
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 411 pages
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But what I found to be the most frustrating about this book was the way she was with the Prince Dorian and the Captain Chaol. You can tell that from the very beginning that Dorian had an attraction to her even when Celaena was covered in filth from the Endovier Salt Mines, but as they bonded and grew closer he eventually feel in love with her, he even admitted it to himself that he did and would do whatever it took to protect her even going against his Father the King. Celaena had similar feelings towards Dorian as well I would go as far as saying love but it wouldn’t have been far. But then she becomes the Champion and she goes stubborn and selfish and says they can’t be together as in 4 years she will be free and has never been free. But then she is flirting with Chaol. So I’m a little confused and frustrated , did she really like Dorian or was it all a lie.
“No fair maiden should die alone,” he said, putting a hand on hers. “Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?”
She snatched her hand back. “How about the story of the idiotic prince who won’t leave the assassin alone?”
“Oh! I love that story! It has such a happy ending, too—why, the assassin was really feigning her illness in order to get the prince’s attention! Who would have guessed it? Such a clever girl. And the bedroom scene is so lovely—it’s worth reading through all of their ceaseless banter!”
I just loved this banter between Dorian and Celaena and I was a little disappointed at the end when things didn’t work out between them. But fingers are crossed that in the next book, everything will work out.
Caleana Sardothien, young assassin, is betrayed and sentenced to the Salt Mines of Endovier a slave camp. After a year, a Prince and Captain of The Guard come and offer her an opportunity for her freedom, win a contest to become the King's Champion, then after a four-year contract, she will be free and very rich to do with whatever she likes in her life. No more Arobynn’s Assassins, no more Salt Mines a free woman to do as she wills. Celaena thinks she's stumbled upon an opportunity of a lifetime but she soon realizes that things are not what they seem. Someone or something is killing off the other champions, in a gruesome and horrible way.
Between training with Chaol Westfall the Captain of The Guard, trying to keep herself from being killed, from being eliminated from the tests, and Dorian Havilliard the Prince and Celaena being attracted to each other things are becoming difficult and a much higher price then Celaena had being willing to pay.
The actual plot isn't bad but the writing is horrendous. It is like throwing together lots of short stories of the authors daily experiences into a massive hodgepodge.
If you like teenage romance and navel gazing while mooning over each other then this might be your kind of story.
One would hope the others in the series are considerably better but I am not going to waste my money on them.
As a side note, this is the first negative review I have written and I am very forgiving of most novels shortcomings and like to respect most authors effects in sharing their abilities and skills.
This is the first book in the Throne of Glass series although there are some prequels that, with hindsight, I should have read first as they form an important part of storylines that take shape further into the series. In Thone of Glass, you are introduced to Celaena Sardothien, a teenager assassin and slave in the mines of Endovier who is freed from slavery only so she can take part in a "fight to the death" competition to determine who will become the King's champion.
In this story Celaena battles demons (both personal and physical) and uncovers true evil all while making new friends who grow to love her and support her in a way that she has not experienced for many, years. This starts her on her quest to reclaim her past as Celaena comes to terms with who she really is as she steps up and takes ownership of just what she is truly capable of.
I loved this series as it has a bit of everything - magic, danger, love and fantasy. What is particularly refreshing is, as the series progresses, it becomes not just Celaena's story but one that encompasses many, all of whom are vital to Celaena being able to take ownership of what is rightfully hers and - yay for girl power - as this story has it in spades.
If you love fantasy - give this series a go as you will not be disappointed.
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Strong characters. Strong plot (leaves some of it open for book 2). Good pace. Good attention to detail. Just keep reading, I promise you will fall in love with the series.
When it comes to novels based in new worlds I normally struggle to get gripped on the story, but from page one I could easily see the world Sarah masterfully created. And from page one I was hooked.
It's the kind of novel I couldn't wait to finish, but at the same time I didn't want to read it as it came to an end.
Sarah created a new world, one full of mystery and wonder. The story had me hooked so much that I went through the motions with the characters, I laughed, flushed, cringed, and cried throughout.
The third person, head-hopping writing perspective is becoming a new favourite reading style for me, it gave a broader outlook on the story as a whole, and gave a closer look at the characters.
Celaena, she wasn't what I expected, in a pleasantly surprising way. It became quite clear early on that those in her close company could only grow to love her as I did. She was written so well she didn't feel like a character in a story.
I feel like she is a good judge of character, so when she liked someone I was immediately drawn to them, and when she hated someone I felt that too.
“When she missed – well, even the fires of Hell couldn't compare to the rage that burst from her mouth.”
This has to be my favourite description of Celaena written from Dorian's point of view. I laughed, probably harder than I should have, but that moment was completely priceless.
I love Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia and Elena in equal measure. I hope to see Nox again too.
I truly cannot wait to get lost in Sarah's world once more in Crown of Midnight, also, how amazing is the cover artwork on these novels?!
Celaena, a captured assassin, is blackmailed into participating in a competition to become the King's Champion. If she wins, she'll serve as Champion for four years and then be granted her freedom. But the road to winning the competition is filled with obstacles, not least because someone is murdering all the other contestants. As Celaena digs into the Kingdom's history, she uncovers dark magic that shouldn't exist anymore. Can she figure out how to stop it before the murderer comes for her? Oh, and the Prince is handsome, too. But she can't fall for him. Not after what his family did to her lands. Can she?
I thought Celaena was an intriguing protagonist. She has a lot of interests and she's amusing to read. She does come across as three-dimensional, but a lot of what's made her who she is seems to have happened off-page so I get the feeling I'll have to read the next three books to fully figure her out. I agree with other comments that she bounces around from being deadly and wielding swords to being girly, wearing dresses and swooning over princes. But she's also a teenager, so I think you have to take that into consideration.
The ending was satisfactory and whilst there isn't a great deal of pressure to continue reading the series, it's definitely not a stand alone. I felt like there was a good round up of the competition and the dark magic Celaena found, but yes, if you start this one, you're probably in it for the long haul.
That said, the world is well constructed and I would be happy to read on. Give it a go if you're looking to dip your toe into a strong fantasy world. (Then maybe your ankle, knee... and well, you get the picture...)
Out of the blue, she is summoned by the Prince of Adarlan who offers her freedom provided she wins a competition to become the King's champion. If she beats the other contestants across the gruelling tests, she will become the King's assassin for a number of years before she finds herself free. Faced with sure death or a chance a freedom, Celaena knows this is her only choice.
Training and enduring the tests at the castle don't seem to be going too badly for Celaena, however one day one of the competitors is found dead with no explanation.
Celaena now not only needs to win the competition, but also avoid facing the same death as her fellow competitor faced and see if she can uncover what is going on.
OK - so I didn't love this book and I'm really sad about it. Having loved Sarah J. Maas' ACOTAR series, I had seriously high hopes and I think that perhaps nothing will ever compare for me!
Celaena is supposed to be a well known assassin, the best of the best who has trained from a very young age. However, I really didn't see that in her character, she soon became consumed with the fancy gowns and life she was living with two handsome men and very quickly seemed to forget her assassin type nature. Early on in the book, it was made very clear how beautiful Celaena was... this was repeatedly made clear throughout! It seemed she was so beautiful that people (including herself!) forgot how dangerous she was and Celaena even got to the stage she was smug with it that when someone didn't make it clear that they found her beautiful, she didn't know what to make of it! I was not a fan of this side of her character.
The book felt a little slow for me to begin with, a lot of character and scene development which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I needed more to happen. Things did happen, but nothing grabbed me until about 60% of the way through which, in my opinion, is a little TOO slow.
I enjoyed the last 40% or so of the book and know I will read the next one as I'm keen to find out where the story goes next! Not my favourite but I hope I will like it more as I read the series further.