Throne of Glass

You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass # 1

Publication: May 7th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Pages: 404

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

My Thoughts:

The first time I read Throne of Glass was two years ago. I had an electronic copy on loan from my local library, and I devoured it in a matter of days while on the road trip heading off to my first year of college. The second time I read Throne of Glass was completed a mere moment ago, and I have to say, I have fallen in love even more the second time around. Throne of Glass is the kind of book that creeps up on you. It pulls you in, and then incapacitates you in swift, subtle movements -sort of like the heroine, and my favorite assassin, Celaena Sardothien.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB at Books and A Beat

This week’s Teaser Tuesday is for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!

“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

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The Assassin’s Blade

If you can learn to endure pain, you can survive anything. Some people learn to embrace it- to love it. Some endure it through drowning it in sorrow, or by making themselves forget. Others turn it into anger.

Title: The Assassin’s Blade

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass # 0.1-0.5

Publication: March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens

Pages: 448

Source: Purchased

Summary from Goodreads:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

My Thoughts:

ARGH! The feels, I cannot handle all the damn feels right now. I just finished this before I sat down and started banging away at my keyboard and my brain cannot compute. If you’ve read Throne of Glass (which I’m about to go reread), you know how it starts off. Our beloved Celaena in the Salt Mines… but ever wonder how she ended up there? The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of five novellas in which Celeana’s past is illuminated in excruciating detail. It was so painfully beautiful. I don’t know how to talk about my feelings, this is the kind of pain you can only experience for yourself.

This collection details five of Celaena’s – my favorite precious cinnamon roll of an assassin – adventures and the road leading her to Endovier.  Some are shorter than others, but all pack one hell of a punch. After reading this collection, and even though I already loved Celaena, these stories have completely changed my views of her. She has always been amazing, and I love her even when she is being a bit of a bitch (but that’s part of the reason I love her), but this book has shot Celaena into new heights in my eyes. In this collection, you really get to see within the cracks. You get a peek at the girl who loved and who trusted, who was betrayed in more ways than should be humanly possible, and who was feared but soon became the thing of nightmares we see in Throne of Glass. She is so strong, so, so strong and independent. But, even Celaena Sardothien needs someone every now and then.

I really don’t know how else to describe what I just read. You need to read it, but I would recommend waiting to read it at least until after you’ve read Throne of Glass. Though this is a prequel to the actual series, Throne of Glass introduces Celaena as you’re supposed to see her – The Assassin’s Blade softens the edges and makes it easier to understand her motives. I’m in love, honestly. Sarah J. Maas can do no wrong in my eyes. I could let myself ramble, try to come up with ridiculous metaphors while attempting to explain just why these books, this series, are so amazing – but that’s an impossible feat. You must read these. Sheer perfection, that’s what The Assassin’s Blade is. Sheer perfection, heart-break, and otherworldly amazingness.



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