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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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children's Books

Throne of Glass

by Sarah J. Maas

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Overall Review:  

Celaena Sardothien is not your average 18-year-old. She's an assassin who after being sent to prison by the king is now being entered into a contest by the crown prince to become the king's champion. The contest begins with twenty four opponents but when they start getting brutally murdered, the mystery begins. It was enjoyable to see how the characters developed throughout the story and discover who was added to the list of suspects. With plenty of suspense, this book was difficult to put down. There was some humor and the story even took a turn toward the creepiness for a bit. A little romance for the ladies and battles for the men, this book will appeal to a large audience and easily earned 4 1/2 stars. Left wide open, book two of this series is due to be published in 2013 and I look forward to continuing the series.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 21 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 3 anatomical terms.


Violence/Gore: Many (53) brief incidents including but not limited to threats; character poisoned; war violence; characters brutally murdered by fantasy creature; young character's parents murdered; attempted murder; mention/report of rape; duels resulting in both injuries and death; scary and violent dreams; burning buildings; mention of mass grave; torture; . Few (3) extended incidents including fantasy creatures attacking character and two characters dueling.


Sex/Nudity: Many (33) brief incidents including hand holding; kissing; hugging; thoughts of other chracters; obscene gesture; sexual innuendo; female character undresses to underclothes in front of male character; implied sexual activity; mention/report of rape.

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Murder, mention of rape, Death (violent) of family members.

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Character smokes opium primarily for headaches; tasting wine for poison test; drinking at a party; drinking wine with dinner.

Reviewed By Jenny
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