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There are many themes in this story. Below are a few of the prominent ones.

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Survival. The main character Celaena is a fighter until the very end of the novel. She is cunning in her approach to defeating her enemies. Her one and only goal is to win her freedom. Despite distractions, she stays laser-focused on this end goal.

Good & Evil. As Celaena progresses in her competition, it becomes clear there is an evil presence in the castle of glass. She goes into survival mode and fights this evil.

Feminism. The author of the novel, Maas, has said that she modeled Celaena after strong women in popular culture. In an interview, she said that their

arrogance and fierceness made me want to write about a woman like her—about a woman who never once said sorry for being talented and determined and utterly in love with herself.

While, Celaena is written as a fiercely strong female character, she is not without faults.

Romance. Celaena and Prince Dorian Havilliard have a brief affair; however, Celeana ends it quickly. The novel briefly touches on love and power. Many women try to woo the prince in hopes of becoming queen. Celaena also has an affair with Chaol Westfall.

Power. This is a central theme throughout the story. The king is disliked by Celaena because of his power and control over people. He enslaves hundreds, banishes magic, and steals land.

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