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After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. These books are great! Get caught up on what happened in Throne of Glass. We' ve got your spoilers here so you'll be ready when the next. Written by Sarah J. Maas, the Throne of Glass is a fantasy series that takes the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one.


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Start by marking “Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)” as Want to Read: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one. A collection of five stories set prior to the Throne of Glass series, 1, Throne of Glass, August 2, , , words / Editorial Reviews. cittadelmonte.info Review. Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, August Book 1 of 7 in Throne Of Glass Series (7 Book Series).

Sam Cortland was the lover of Celaena Sardothien and a fellow assassin. After he and Celaena left the service of Arobynn Hamel, Sam was brutally murdured and Celaena was taken to the mines of Endovier. When Sam was a child, his mother, a prostitute, was murdered by a jealous client. Before her death, she had asked Arobynn Hamel, her lover, to take care of her son in case of her death. Sam became an assassin, one of Hamel's best trainees, alongside Celaena Sardothien, whom he had known since childhood. Sam first appears at the meeting in the Assassins' Keep at which Arobynn informs his inner circle that Gregori's mission was a trap.

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Hulu Shows. Retrieved from " https: By this I am of course talking about the King's competition. He's hosting a competition. He invited twenty-three members of his council to each sponsor a would-be Champion to train in the glass castle and ultimately compete in a duel. To work for the King of Adarlan as his loyal servant. She raised her chin.

To kill for him But where is the logic fail? Allow me to reiterate. He wants a loyal subject to kill for him, without question, with the utmost secrecy. Yet he chooses this loyal subject through a competition. Not only that, he makes his councilmen choose the competitors for him.

I may not be a direct member of a royal family myself, but I know there are things such as court intrigue and hidden agendas and hell, there are hundreds upon thousands of discrete allegiances and plots being made left, right and centre. Do you really want your future, "loyal" Champion to be handpicked out of a number of criminals and entrusted to your councilmen? The whole competition thing wasn't at all very thought through. In the end, it felt as if it was just there to get the story going, to get Celaena into the castle.

The competition itself was a let down; meaning instead of some fight-to-the-death or similar trope, we get An archery competition. And a lot of others that happened off screen. Amidst all these competitions and training programs, the plot scattered into flirting banter, gatecrashing parties, and some girl-on-girl hating; as if the author wasn't quite sure whether she wanted her novel to be the story of a ruthless assassin, or the romances of a ruthless assassin princess-wannabe.

And now I get to that point -- Celaena, the princess-wannabe. Allow me to present a number of quotes I've highlighted: She loved clothes--loved the feeling of silk, of velvet, of satin, of suede and chiffon--and was fascinated by the grace of seams, the intricate perfection of an embossed surface.

And when she won this ridiculous competition, when she was free A half-rate boy assassin! She bared her teeth. How dare she be denied an invitation to the feast? You read all that and tell me, do you imagine these thoughts coming from a renown, world-class assassin?

An assasin complaining about her wet shoes? About not being invited to a banquet? Two things strike me here: First, she had just spent years at a death camp , but her behaviour upon leaving it did not portray any humility or gratefulness of being far away from all those whippings and forced labour.

You'd think she'd just be glad to be away from the mines and pickaxe to be complaining about wet shoes SMH. Second; this sounds more like something a ditzy princess-wannabe would say. Oh, after I win this competition, I'm gonna buy myself some clothes. For someone who has spent years suffering, who spent her childhood being trained as a ruthless killer, she comes across sounding so privileged. Now, I'm not an assassin. I've never been trained as one, but for years I did go through a whole series of martial arts before finding one that suited my small stature.

And of all martial arts -- from karate to jiu-jitsu to wushu to the one I finally settled with -- there was one thing we were taught was the foundation of any great martial artist. And I'm sorry, Celaena. But you don't have it.

This is her reaction to failing at a game of pool: A shriek of rage ripped from her throat, and Celaena ran over to the pocket. She first screamed at the ball, then took the cue in her hands and bit down upon the shaft, still screaming through her clamped teeth.

Finally the assassin stopped and slapped the three ball into the pocket. This is her discipline at training: She didn't care that she had only a few months to beat the other Champions--she needed sleep. Do you think the realm's greatest killer would be afraid of walking in a glass house? The thought of standing on floors of glass made her queasy. She had a terrible headache around her left temple. Everything was sickly and frail. They were so high up, so dangerously high Do you think they moan and whinge and complain at the drop of a hat?

Once they'd finished their run, they trained in a private room far from her competitor's eyes. Until, that is, she collapsed to the ground and cried that she was about to die of hunger and fatigue. Discipline doesn't just mean getting up every morning and training every day.

It also means a discipline of the mind. It means self-restraint. It means keeping your head low. What kind of assassin wants to be the centre of attention?? To have her skills known?? If you want glory, then you're in the wrong career path. Be a damned knight. But Celaena is vain and self-absorbed. She wants to be in the spotlight.

What was a "Champion" but a dressed-up name for murderer? Could she actually stomach working for him? And I suppose "assassin" is just a synonym for mercy-killer? But enough of her faults. Let's take a look at her more positive attributes. She's beautiful. In fact so beautiful that she drains the blood out of people who sees her: Celaena smiled smugly to herself as she nodded to a passing noble-man, who raised his eyebrows at the sight of her.

He was immensely pale, she noticed as he opened his mouth to say something, but Celaena continued down the hall. In fact so beautiful that other ladies envy her and she has to shove that in their faces view spoiler [because you can't have a YA novel without other girls being envious of our heroine!

She smiled at the young chevaliers as they passed--and smirked at the court women who eyed her pink-and-white gown. Even Redd, one of the handsomer guards posted outside her rooms, had said so. Also shallow, as it seems, because if Redd hadn't been handsome, his opinion wouldn't have mattered, right? Still not convinced that she's shallow?

Why did Chaol never joke with her as Dorian did? Perhaps he truly didn't find her attractive. The possibility of it stung more than she would have liked. You see, because people can only like you if you're attractive. Oh, sorry, I got sidetracked.

We were talking over her positive attributes. Well, she's a great dancer: She didn't falter a single step, nor did she seem to care about the many angry female faces that watched as dance after dance passed and they didn't switch partners. She also plays a mean piano view spoiler [because music is like, the way we show just how deep and artistic our heroine is hide spoiler ]: Celaena eyed the pianoforte.

She used to play--oh, she'd loved to play, loved music She loves dogs view spoiler [because that's how we know she's a kind-hearted person. No evil person is an animal lover! I don't want her urinating on everything and chewing on furniture and shows and books.

And I want her to sit when I tell her to and lay down and roll over Oh, but she doesn't want to be inconvenienced so she doesn't want to train it herself of course! She speaks foreign languages, and! I could go on and point out her inconsistencies , but this is getting much too long for my liking.

In short, Celaena Sardothien is a Mary Sue. But even worse -- she is an unlikeable , vain, shallow, self-centred Mary Sue. And if you expect me to believe she's a deadly killer, then you better think again. But that is the final problem I had with this book -- the narrator constantly tells us what to believe. There was something great and deadly concealed within her, and he didn't like it. Yeah, no. Also, "Because it looks like he's in love with her," he said, and walked away.

His shoulders were straight, his back erect. He looked like a man.

Like a king. Yeah, if you say so. But, Amanda, you say to me, there must be something you liked? Well, I did like Celaena's relationship with the err, Indian princess. I forgot her name. Because I didn't like the actual princess herself -- she doesn't know tact.

She doesn't know diplomacy. She comes to a foreign realm and all she does is whinge and insult their language and clothes and court. So, no. I didn't like the plot, I didn't like the characters. The only stars go to Chaol for being a beacon of sanity amidst all the awfulness. It's a pity he, too, fell for our Mary Sue. View all 46 comments. Aug 10, Regan rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was sooooo goood!

Not to mention completely badass, and could kill anyone with a hairpin if she wanted to. Great high fantasy, i cannot wait for the next in the series! View all 22 comments.

Also, don't come me saying I didnt read the right book or "your opinion is wrong bitch!!!!! Reread x 4! Fandoms have never been my thing. Well, since Harry Potter. Then I came across her books because of the hype and I am grateful to have found people as loony over it as I am. And this book in particular as it was my least Reread x 4! And this book in particular as it was my least favourite. But it helped reading The Assassin's Blade before Throne of Glass as it delved deeper into Celaena's character and one is able to form a connection with her.

Her skills as an assassin aren't really explored in Throne of Glass, it's all talk and no action. But reading the prequel novellas, you are able to see how hardcore and badass she actually is, thus accepting the all talk and no action that happens in Throne of Glass. I love the characters, the world and Maas's writing. I always feel so wrapped in it! So many hints were dropped in this book that are explored in the other books. I loved being able to pick up on them this time round and appreciate that Maas cleverly plants those points in her books and later builds up upon them so thoroughly.

View all 21 comments. Oct 20, Steph Sinclair rated it liked it Recommends it for: Those who are looking for a fantasy novel with strong female characters. Actual rating 3. It's packed full of action, mystery, likable characters and fun dialogue.

On the flip side, it also has a few tropes that I usually make me want to rip my hair out strand by strand: That by no means makes this a bad book, because despite those annoyances, I was fully engrossed in Throne of Glass. The Plot and Writing: While the synopsis may come off feeling a little Hunger Actual rating 3.

While the synopsis may come off feeling a little Hunger Game-esque, let me calm your fears now. It's not. Celaena is a young assassin who begins the book being dragged from her prison in Endovier, a salt mine prison for criminals.

She's given a choice to become the king's champion or lackey for four years in exchange for her freedom at the end of her service. The catch is she must compete for the "honor" against other criminals. Sounds easy, right? Of course. Then people start dying, ahem, mysteriously! With that small description the plot sounds like a winner, but I found it to be very predictable. I knew who the villain was and the foreshadowing was not subtle at all. At one point, Maas does try to steer the reader in another direction, but I knew it was just that, a distraction.

But regardless, I couldn't deny that it was an exciting read. It's kinda like this: I knew how things probably would end, but I still ended up having fun along the way. Even with it being a little over pages long, it certainly doesn't read like that.

The narration is set at a good pace and flows very nicely. The only thing I have to say about the writing style was that at times it felt a wee bit cheesy.

There were a few lines like "Oh and she simply adored There's nothing I love more than a strong female character who speaks her mind and gives an entire male cast of characters a run for their hard-earned, cash money.

Throne of Glass is being marketed as the teen girl version of Game of Thrones. Now, I've never read the books or seen the TV show, but I've heard enough about the depiction and treatment of woman in that series to say it's probably not for me. However, this is where Throne of Glass excels.

Not only does it present a strong female MC, but a another secondary character, Nehemia, who also happens to be a person of color. Oh, yes, you read that right. No, ridiculous, over stereotyped, token character here! Because you know, if there is one thing that irritates me the most, it's misrepresentation in YA novels. But that didn't happen here. Nehemia is strong, incredibly smart and underestimated of course by everyone at court because of her nationality.

Their mistake! I pity the fool who finds their self on the other end of her staff. It won't be pretty. Beautiful chaos. I'm hoping we get to see a lot more of her in the series. I find it really interesting and smart for Maas to create a character who is almost the opposite from what her society expects of her. They expect a proper lady, who never swears, has proper manners, reads poetry, quiet, ect.

But Celaena is none of those things. Early on it's established that she dislikes the social expectations and makes it a point to use profanity and to embarrass the man folk with her readings of "Sunset's Passions". Seriously, she was owning these guys left and right.

Do you actually read this rubbish? If you read it, your literary experience will be complete. And," she added with a coy smile, "it will give you some creative ideas of things to do with your lady friends. Then maybe I'll bother trying.

But of course, with all the pwning going on, she had her faults with being arrogant. Very, very arrogant. And that is where the hate comes into play. She was just too good and from the very beginning I knew Celaena would triumph because she is depicted as slightly Mary-Sueish.

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She's a well known assassin that can seemingly not be defeated and all man-folk fawn over her left and right. And that bothered me because it felt like there was so much more to her. The Triangle of Love: I was warned that this book contained a love triangle and this alone is enough to make me cringe.

There are very few love triangles that I love and unfortunately this isn't one of them. Oddly, it's not because the characters aren't likable enough together and it's not even the fact of one of the love interests treating her wrongly. The problem I had was Dorian and Celaena's attraction. Most of the time it felt forced, awkward and contrived. I couldn't understand where they had the time to get to know each other long enough for her to stop hating him BEFORE she started liking him.

There was even a scene where Dorian promises Celaena that he won't kill one of his new pups that he deemed untrainable. And she goes, "You'd do that for me?

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I think that was supposed to make me like Dorian, but all I could do was roll my eyes. Contrastingly, Chaol's seemed like a much more developed and realistic relationship, if you even want to call it that.

But their feelings felt more organic. Side note: I don't know if this is even considered a love triangle yet. It reminds me of the whole Jacob vs. We all knew Bella would pick Edward in the end. Was Jake ever a real contender? I think not. But from what I hear from readers of the original story on Fiction Press, Celaena had quite a few suiters.

It'll be interesting to see how Throne of Glass deviates from its roots. So, I suppose we will just have to wait for future installments to find out. All in all, though it was not what I was expecting, I still enjoyed Throne of Glass. I really believe it will appeal to many young girls and I'm happy to see great examples of strong female characters in a YA novel. It feels like the sequel can only get better from here based on that ending no cliffhanger, thank goodness!

ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you! More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. A young, notorious female assassin is thrust into a competition where she must fight for her freedom in exchange for service as the King's body guard?

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, book 1) by Sarah J Maas

That sounds awesome, right? Too bad this book didn't deliver on that premise. There's no way some badass assassin would have a giggly, carefree demeanor upon meeting Prince Dorian and Captain Chaol, these are both people she should loathe? This is not a girl who should notice how the sun shines in a boy's eyes or how cute he looks in his guard attire.

The author keeps harping on the idea that Celaena Sardothien is a top notch, tough as nails killer with little fear or inhibition, but hardly anything Celaena does actually reflects that. She seems downright lighthearted to me.

That's not to say an assassin can't be lighthearted to some degree, but I don't imagine a person who just spent a year in a slave camp where the typical survival rate is months would possess this type of flippant, joking attitude.

I honestly did not care about any of the characters while I read this. I did not care who won the competition, and I did not care who won Celaena's heart. I gave it a shot, but I'm not going to waste another 6 hours torturing myself with this audiobook. View all 86 comments. Aug 07, Mitch rated it it was ok.

Throne of Glass came to me highly recommended by someone who thinks Twilight is among the best books of all time, so I was instantly wary, but I promised to keep an open mind since, well, high fantasy and a kick ass assassin, what could go wrong?

Well, a lot, apparently. I've never read the original, but I think I have a good idea where Sarah J. Ma Throne of Glass came to me highly recommended by someone who thinks Twilight is among the best books of all time, so I was instantly wary, but I promised to keep an open mind since, well, high fantasy and a kick ass assassin, what could go wrong?

Maas went wrong writing her final version. She started out with her badass chick assassin, Celaena Sardothien, figured she needed a love triangle to keep the romance interesting, then settled on a plot, and finally filled in the setting. Unfortunately, setting really should've come first. In every other fantasy I've read, there's always some interesting hook that almost immediately tells me why the author created that particular fantasy world for his or her characters.

For me, it's probably even more crucial than the characters themselves. And for the first half of this book, Erilea is just generic - tyrant of fancifully named country tries to conquer other fancifully named countries. Nothing about the world building tells me why I should care about what's going on. I'll admit a little before the halfway mark, Maas introduces the concept of Wyrdmarks, sort of like ancient runes, and adds in a little ancient history of Erilea with Elena, the first queen of Adarlan, but while these developments did add a little flavor to bland Erilea, I'm still no closer to understanding, why Celaena?

Why Erilea? Celaena herself may be the best thing about this book, but that's not saying much. She's not entirely one dimensional, she's got the survived a death camp but was tough enough to leave with her humanity intact thing going for her, but I found her difficult to like at first. She talks big, whether it's how she can disarm so and so in three moves or kill so and so in five seconds, but never backs up those words with actions until way too late in the book - by then every other sentence being about how awesome she is was seriously grating on my nerves.

Isn't the kingdom's best assassin supposed to be tough and more than willing to bear nuisances as trivial as a tight corset? And when there are scenes like the one where she's surprised in bed by a bag of candy, she doesn't know who it's from and promptly eats half the bag even though there's a killer loose in the castle How did she not wake up when the bag was delivered, especially when she's rigged the doors to squeak?

Why didn't she suspect poison? Is she even a competent assassin? But I definitely reserve the brunt of my criticism for Chaol and Dorian. First of all, in most books there's a plot and a romance on top of that, in Throne of Glass two thirds of the time it feels like romance first and plot second.

I mean, the Captain of the Guard and the Prince, they don't do anything, they're just there to be love interests. It's frustrating to read scene after scene of batting eyelashes and inane banter, expect these characters to do something relevant to the plot, and they just stand around flirting with Celaena.

Even minor characters Nox and Pelor ended up doing more, having a bigger impact on the plot, than those two, and Nox and Pelor are definitely in far fewer scenes. Look, I have nothing against love interests, but these guys are just pointless love interests. And the flirting, I am not exaggerating when I say setting up the love triangle takes up two thirds of the book.

Actually, Throne of Glass 's first half is entirely dull and forgettable, the real story doesn't even begin until over two hundred pages in.

Even then, the way everything comes together, it's entirely predictable. Maas drops way too many too obvious hints about the champion deaths, the strange Wyrdmarks, the villain behind the whole thing, I was three steps ahead of Celaena the whole time. And yet, somehow she still doesn't explain the point of the entire plot. Instead, it's one of those, yeah, congratulations you get a bit of somewhat intense action and some closure with the defeat of a minor villain while I tease the real plot but will be secretive and cryptic about it so you better read the sequel.

I don't get it. How can a book that had four prequels to set up the story still be nothing but setup? Maybe the whole thing will make sense in the sequel, but that's no excuse for the lack of substance in this book. I know, I know. I am such a fake fan. And I was promised a talking doorknob and the fact he isn't in this book is so insulting.

THe only reason I agreed to this reread was for him and i'm mort-ified rn. Sarah J Maas will be hearing from my lawyers any day now. I'm also suing because not once is there a throne mentioned that is made out of glass.

What is next? Are you going to tell me there are no crowns made out of midnights??? Like i understand maybe an accent wall of entirely windows but an entire building? Also is there any privacy? It's only been two years since I first read this book and I can't believe how forgetful af I am.

What did I forget in the later books? Am I imagine things? I am really such a fake SJM fan. Is there even a talking doorknob at all or did I just make him up???? URgh this book is so cliche and tropey and so predictable why am I such trash for it? Since this review doesn't already have enough lists, here's another to get you through the day. This book contains the following: I want rattle the stars tattooed on my forehead and i cry everytime i hear the words "will not be afraid" and will probably ship Celaena and Sam until the day I die.

SamDeservedBetter this book is the absolute worse don't read it I love this book. How could anyone ever give it less than five stars?????? I tried my hardest to either ignore these things or pretend they make sense but I can't let it go. They all make absolutely no sense.

Dorian, the Crown Prince of Adarlan, travels in person to Endovier go recruit Celaena to be his champion. He abandons all his princely responsibilities to make the long trek to a concentration camp to personally invite a notoriously dangerous criminal that could very well have died months prior to compete in a tournament thrown by his asshole of a father.

It only took your country years to capture her, so why not? Chaol is like 19? The entire love triangle thing view spoiler [ why even waste the words when rowturd shows up in book three and ruins everything hide spoiler ] 6.

Just kill him in his sleep and get the hell out of that castle you idiot. The book kept on mentioning that Sam is dead????? Sam isn't dead. He's alive. The events in The Assassin's Blade never happened. He was never killed. He's happy and alive. But anyways, let's ignore all those for a second because I haven't even started talking about the plot of this book.

Which is soo innocent compared to the rest of the series. What do you mean her only issues involved beating a bunch of boys she was already way more talented then??? Where's the evil fae queen tryign to kill her? Then she's rescued by Crown Prince Dorian and Captain of the Guard Chaol in order for her to compete in this competition to become the king's personal assassin. Both boys eventually fall in love with her. Someone's killing off other competitors.

If you haven't read this yet, ignore all the obvious tropes and go read it bc don't judge a series by its first book. Let's talk about characters now shall we? 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. Celaena might just be one of my favorite fictional characters ever. I only care about Celaena. Even though I'm the weakest thing to ever walk this earth, I relate to her so much? I like books and dresses and dogs and sleeping.

Celaena Sardothien is the most relatable special snowflake and I love her. I would probably pay Celaena to assassinate me let's be real here. We should just call her Ce-slay-na, amiright???

Celaena loves Sam and no one else to spending a year as a slave in a salt mine she doesn't let that affect her which is probably really unrealistic now that I think about but she acknowledges that it happened and it helped shaped her into the person she is today view spoiler [ When I first read this book, I was pretty quick to guess that Celaena was the long lost Queen of Terrasen bc it mentioned A she's 18 B her parents died when she was 8 and C The royal family of Terrasen were killed ten years prior.

Also it's a YA book. But during this reread, I was actually shocked about how obvious SJM makes it without explicitly stating it. For example, there is a quote on 37 pages into the book that left me so shook.

Magic was dead, the Fae were banished or executed, and she would never again have anything to do with the rise and fall of kingdoms.

Honestly how more obvious could SJM be? I am so mad at my past self for wasting all that time doing Sherlock shit trying to figure it out. The answer was written in plain text. I kinda feel sorry for Dorian bc he has the lamest name in the history of young adult fantasy novels. But I don't blame him.

It isn't his fault. Author Sarah J. Ratings 4. The Throne of Glass Series 0. Point of View The book is written in third person from a variety of points of view, including Celaena predominantly , Chaol, Dorian, and occasionally some other minor characters.

Setting This series is set in the fictional land of Erilea, and this first book in the series is set in a kingdom called Adarlan. Entertainment value: The winner will serve the king for six years which Celaena negotiates down to four and then be granted their freedom.

She must slowly rebuild her body to its former glory from her assassin days after serving as a prisoner and slave for a year. Along the way, she builds relationships with Dorian the handsome, charming prince who drafted her to compete as his candidate for Champion , Chaol the stern, demanding guard training her for the competition , and Nehemia the fascinating, intelligent princess visiting from another kingdom.

Even though the king banned magic from Adarlan ten years ago, strange, lethal things began happening in the castle which point to the possible return of magic. Even though she is busy with her training, Celaena also begins to investigate the supernatural things going on to try to keep herself and those she has grown to care about safe.

The book opens as Chaol is retrieving Celaena from Endovier, the slave camp she has been imprisoned in for the past year. He presents her to Prince Dorian, who has summoned her to see if she would be suitable to compete for him in a contest his father is putting on.

The king is a nasty, arrogant man who has been conquering kingdoms throughout Erilea. Also, he eliminated magic from his kingdom and other nearby lands ten years ago and will punish anyone who even retains books about the subject. Celaena is a good candidate for the competition because she built quite a reputation during her past work as an assassin, perhaps the best in all the land.

She finally agrees to compete and also agrees to use the alias Lillian Gordaina to try to keep her infamous identity hidden. Celaena is in bad shape after a year of hard work in Endovier.

It is hard to keep food down as she has been malnourished for so long, and she is thin and weak. Her beauty, which used to be a source of pride for her, was diminished by the harsh conditions at Endovier as well. But she is happy to be surrounded by rich foods and beautiful linens and clothes, all things she loved in her former life. All of the potential champions train, dwell, and compete in the castle for thirteen weeks.

Throughout the competition, the king commissions various contests among the potential champions. Chaol tells Celaena to stay in the middle of the pack. She usually holds herself back and can fulfill this request, but her bravery is displayed during one challenge in which she saves of the life of young competitor after he is sabotaged by Cain. Evil things are happening in the castle as the contests ensue.

One champion is turning up dead before each contest. They are being murdered and mutilated in a way that seems brutal and out of the ordinary. No one can turn up clues as to whom or what may be doing this, and Celaena starts quietly investigating on her own. One night she discovers the entrance to a series of secret passageways behind a tapestry in her room, and one passage leads her to a mausoleum dedicated to the first king and queen of Adarlan, Gavin and Elena.

The ghost of Elena begins to visit Celaena in this room and in her dreams. She explains there is a clock tower on the castle grounds that serves as a portal between their world and dimensions beyond.

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