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Throne of Glass, a novel by Sarah J. Maas, is about an eighteen-year-old assassin imprisoned for crimes. The prince of the kingdom in which she's imprisoned offers her a pardon if she competes in a tournament with other highly skilled assassins. The story is reminiscent of the Hunger Games series with a mixture of Arabian Nights.

Being a young women competing against other assassins hints at a subtle feminist subtext, but this is not an overt concept in the narrative. One of the excerpts from the book that critiques gender roles in the novel's fictional universe is the following:

"Apparently, a woman can only go so long without a sword between her hands."

The book has many quotes that show the author's vivid storytelling style, as well as philosophical observations that give the characters depth. Here is an example:

"Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us—to haunt our thoughts long after we've faced them."

This quote illustrates the good-versus-evil theme of the novel and an inquiry into the concept of morality. Another quote that sums up the viciousness of the assassin competition, and illustrates the protagonist's resolve, is the following:

"We each survive in our own way."

Likewise, the competitive nature of the tournament is emphasized by one of the characters stating, "Second place is a nice title for the first loser."