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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Throne of Glass Blog Tour: Guest Post / Throne of Glass Playlist

I'm so excited to be the next stop on the Throne of Glass blog tour, hosted by Bloomsbury Teens. This is such an amazing book and one I highly recommend picking up. Today I get to share with you guys Sarah's Throne of Glass PLAYLIST!! 

My (much-shorted/abridged) playlist for THRONE OF GLASS:

1. “The Great Migration”: James Horner: The Land Before Time (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture):

  If THRONE OF GLASS is ever a movie, I like to imagine that something similar to this track would play. Whenever I’d work on ToG, before diving into the first chapter, I’d actually listen to a few of these “opening title” type pieces. So, just imagine that when the music swells at the 1:50 mark, the title of the book glimmers/sprawls across a giant, dark screen.

2. "You Don't Dream In Cryo. ....": James Horner : Avatar (Music from the Motion Picture):

 This was my go-to track when writing the Endovier scenes at the beginning of the novel. The tone definitely sums up not only the atmosphere of Endovier, but also Celaena’s mood/mental state when Dorian and Chaol pull her out of the mines.

3. “Medley: The Hologram / Binary Sunset” and “Medley: Tales of a Jedi Knight / Learn About the Force” by John Williams : Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): and

I listened to these two tracks a LOT while writing the scenes in the throne room in Endovier, when Celaena first meets Dorian and Chaol (and then learns about the competition).

4. “Septimus” : Andy Brown, Ilan Eshkeri & London Metropolitan Orchestra: Stardust (Music from the Motion Picture).

This was my “traveling to Rifthold” go-to track. Whenever I hear it, I usually imagine an epic montage (and several scenes of Celaena being particularly miserable in rough weather).

5. “This Land” : Hans Zimmer : The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

One of my favorite parts in the novel is actually these two short scenes with Celaena and Dorian at the end of Chapter 6, when they’re camped in the foothills above Rifthold. Both scenes were inspired by this track, but particularly this line from the end of Dorian’s section: “Still, the image haunted his dreams throughout the night: a lovely girl gazing at the stars, and the stars who gazed back."

6. "Your Highness - What A Surprise!" and “The Girls, the Prince, and the Painting”: Ever After (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture): and

I used both of these for the two introductory scenes with Kaltain—the first, when Celaena overhears Kaltain talking under her balcony (…and there’s an “accident” with a flower pot), and the second, when Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian run into Kaltain in the castle halls.

7. “Watch the World Burn” : Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard : The Dark Knight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

I used this track when writing the scene with Celaena and the other champions meeting the king in his throne room.

8. “Night Fight”: Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon:

 The music that inspired the initial sparring session between Celaena and Chaol in the training hall. Fits the scene perfectly.

9. “Tryouts” : Jerry Goldsmith: Rudy (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture):

This track in general just inspired a lot of the training scenes (in particular, that initial run through the game park).

10. “Success Montage” : Danny Elfman: Wanted (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

Another track that I used while writing the training scenes, but especially for the scene when Chaol walks into Celaena’s rooms one morning and finds her doing chin-ups in her doorway. I hear this and imagine them running through the game park, or Chaol sitting on Celaena’s feet, keeping count as she does sit-ups. ;) I also used this during the scene when Celaena is sparring (AKA working out her frustration) with the wooden dummy, and Dorian & Chaol observe her from the mezzanine.

11. “The Goodbye”: Patrick Doyle: A Little Princess (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

The inspiration behind Nehemia and Celaena’s first meeting (and music that I often turn to when writing scenes with them).

12. “Myotis”: Batman Begins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

This inspired the Test when they climb the side of the castle (and Celaena does the crazy-ass leap to save Nox from falling to his death).

13. “Concerto No. 2 In C Minor Op. 18: II : Adagio Sostenuto:” Rachmaninoff:

This is the piece that I imagine Celaena playing when Dorian comes to visit her rooms that first time.

14. “Chevaliers de Sangreal” ; “Beneath Alrischa” and “503”: Hans Zimmer : The Da Vinci Code (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): ; ;

The entire Da Vinci Code (and Angels and Demons) soundtrack actually inspired a lot of the scenes in the secret passages & Elena’s forgotten tomb.

15. “Atlantean Sword”: Basil Poledouris : Conan the Barbarian (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

I imagine this playing when Celaena first enters the tomb and meets Elena.

16. “Won't Back Down”: Eminem : Recovery (Deluxe Edition):

This song actually inspired the scene when Celaena gives Verin a smack-down during one of their tests.

17. “Thought I'd Never Call?”: James Newton Howard : Blood Diamond (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

This inspired the scene between Celaena and Nehemia when they learn about the Eyllwe rebels’ massacre (and the scenes that follow with Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol).

18. “Valse - Intrada (Tempo Di Valse)”: Efrem Kurtz & Philharmonia Orchestra : Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake:

Dorian and Celaena’s waltz at the Yulemas ball.

19. “Balcony Scene - Romeo's Variation - Love Dance”:  Cleveland Orchestra & Lorin Maazel: Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet.:

I listened to this again and again when writing about Dorian and Celaena’s first kiss (and Chaol’s scene after the ball).

20. “Optimus Vs. Megatron” and “Scorponok”: Steve Jablonsky: Transformers: The Score; “Royce Vs. Predator” : John Debney: Predators (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

Listened to these 3 tracks on repeat while writing the Celaena vs. the Ridderak scene.

21. “Night of Terror”: Clint Mansell: Black Swan (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

Listened to this A LOT while writing all the scenes from Kaltain’s POV.

22. “Farewell” : Danny Elfman: Terminator Salvation (Original Soundtrack):

Inspired the moment when Nehemia gives Celaena her staff. And when Celaena thanks Chaol before her duel.

23. “Duelist”: Revolutionary Girl Utena: (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture):

Totally inspired Celaena’s duel with Grave.

24. “Shura!”: Revolutionary Girl Utena (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture):

 Celaena’s duel with Cain. (For the FP fans, this was also the inspiration behind the original dueling sequence in the FP version of the book)

25. “Boarding Up The House”: James Newton Howard : Signs (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

This piece inspired the moment during the duel with Cain when Chaol kneels down on the other side of the white line and tells Celaena to get up. (mostly the stuff that starts at the 1:15 and onward mark)

26. “Decepticons”: Steve Jablonsky: Transformers: The Score:

 Totally inspired the moment during the duel when Cain says: “You were brought here—all of you were. All the players in the unfinished game.”

26. “The Great Eatlon”: James Newton Howard : Lady In the Water:

Wrote the entire climax of the duel (no spoilers!) to this. :)

27. “World Collapsing”: Danny Cocke: From The Blue:

The King and Perrington’s final scene together (also thinks this sets the tone/stage for Book 2 perfectly).

28. “I Wanted You to Know”: John Ottman : Superman Returns (Music from the Motion Picture):

Celaena and Chaol in her rooms after the duel (when the music swells, I think it’s pretty obvious what part it’s referring to).

29.  “Princess Leia's Theme”: John Williams: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack):

Celaena and Dorian, when he tells her about her appointment as Champion.

30. “Dolphins & Ric”: J. Ralph: The Cove (Original Motion Picture Score):

The final scene with Celaena and Elena in the tomb.

31. “Can You See Jane?”:  Patrick Doyle: Thor (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture):

The final scene in the book (with Celaena and Chaol), when she says “Tell me tomorrow.”


Thank you Sarah for stopping by Mundie Moms today! Thank you to Bloomsbury for having me on the tour! 

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 evil before it destroys her world.

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  1. The songs are great! My favorites are 4, 12, and 31. Especially 12. It goes perfectly with the leap scene. :)

    1. I totally agree, 12 is a perfect fit for that scene!