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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

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Dissappointing

Having just heard another series by Maas, I expected to like this one.
I didn’t. I didn’t like the main character, the love triangle, or how a book about an assassin skipped over almost all of the fighting and action, and focused on the main character reading or eating candy... Or dressing up in pretty dresses.
After listening to the entire book, I don’t know much more than I did and could guess from the first chapter.

Also, the narration bugged me. She miss pronounced a few words, like wyvern (I even looked it up to make sure I hadn’t been saying it wrong myself), and some of the voices she used made it hard to like characters that I othervise would have liked, such as the prince.

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Not great

I listened to the court books by the same author and I was the best book I have heard in a while. This is boring and bad. Worst as I was so wanting to like it I listen to it for like 3 hr and it’s still rubbish and I can’t now return it. I really think it had so much potential but is so bad. There is no chemistry between the characters and the choices make no sense. And the story line seems over done at this point... I mean We all know the hunger games....

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Did not enjoy

The book didn't really suck me in, character development wasn't great, I felt no attachment to any of them, I don't like that the main character is supposed to be a hardened assassin yet she has no mental trauma from her harsh upbringing and starts swooning over the first two men she interacts with, the bad guy is almost cartoonish, he has no depth or personality beyond being evil, and the writer using wording like "she suddenly felt the urge to kiss him hard on the mouth" sounds like something a 13 year old would write, also the captain of the kings guard despite directly serving an evil murdering king he acts as though death is new to him, seems a stretch, not to mention the fact that this supposed "worlds best assassin" can't escape past a couple guards and vanish into the night...
feel I wasted a credit on this book.

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Awful

This is just truly terrible. Don't recommend if you like reading, or fantasy books in general. None of the characters decisions make any sense, and the 'humour' is so recycled and cringy. The writing is pretty bad, and there is no depth whatsoever. The plot is bizarre, as everyone just ignores huge events/red flags, in order to keep the storyline going. I still do not understand why they kept referring to her as 'the worlds greatest assassin' as she seems truly terrible at it, she literally loses her first fight scene. The pick-me girl vibes are awful too, as the character makes comments like 'I don't get on with other girls'. Also the relationships read like a 13 year-old girls fantasy and are incredibly difficult to relate to in the slightest. It's hard to imagine why she'd actually want either one of them.

The narrator's voice is super jarring, and she mispronounces so many words. I couldn't believe it when she mispronounced the word 'shone', I played it multiple times I was so shocked. Would recommend if you fancy a laugh, because it was incredibly entertaining in that respect. But if you are looking for a compelling read, this is not it.

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Absolutely fabulous.

I have read this book so many times and decided to get the series on audible to listen to in bed when I can’t sleep or when I’m sewing.

Highly recommend this series, Sarah J Mass is a wonderful author and Elizabeth Evans is my favourite narrator.

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Fantastic

Another really enjoyable book by Sarah J Maas. Sarah's imagination is something to be marvelled at.

I'm very much looking forward to reading the next one in the series!!

Elizabeth's narration is perfection.

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So good!

loved every chapter. can't wait to continue with the next volume. I acciadnoufht the 3rd book, but glad I did otherwise I wouldn't of read the 1st!
very enjoyable read/listen.

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Bad, very bad

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A really terrible story, reminiscent of The Hunger Games.
I guess if you are filled with teenage angst or nostalgia for the literary level of fan fic we had with the Twilight series then this may be for you. But if you are a fan of the fantasy genre or books in general, then I would not recommend.
Maybe instead try Game of Thrones, or The Gentleman Bastard series.

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Wow just WOW! What an epic series this is! A must!

I've just finished this whole series (which started here, with this book) & can I say that I've not been this hooked on an audio book since I listened to Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

Elizabeth Evans was excellent, a fabulous epic bit of narration - she did a truly amazing 'job' of this series, although you can tell her love for the books so it's more of a work of love than a mere job!

The writing, the plot & subplots, surprises, twists, characters (my gosh the characters!!) a herculean writing effort by Sarah Maas that was outstanding. I haven't cried, cheered, worried like this in... ever!?

I'm worn out in a way but oh so satisfied. I am sorry it's done, whatever am I to do with my days now?

Seriously, please, please, please do yourself a favour & get & listen to this whole series - you won't be disappointed. it's so good and I'm really going to miss my daily dose of Ailian, Rowen, Dorian, Kael, Manon and there's too many wonderful characters (all now embedded in my memory & pysche!) to list but I'm just in awe of the writing & narrating. it was superb. thank you Sarah & Elizabeth & Audible. Thank you very much!

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Enjoyed it.

I loved the story, looking forward to the next in the series. My first time listening to this narrator and her performance was excellent.

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Pretty decent

I really got into this story after a while, to where I just couldn’t stop listening, but it took a bit to get there. The main character was a bit annoying at first and some of the writer’s phrases annoyed me, but honestly I can look past that because I enjoyed the story. Overall, I would recommend it, but it’s not at the top of my list of favorite fantasy stories. I will however be getting the sequels because I just. Have. To. Know. What. Happens.!