Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | REVIEW

Throne of GlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA on August 7th, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Magic, Action & Adventure
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback


“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 exhilarating. 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.”

Throne-of-Glass-ReviewThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is the first book in the series and it follows Celaena, a female assassin as she fights for her freedom and for the man that took it all away from her in the first place. Will she become the king’s champion, or will she ultimately find her death at the end of this cruel sick game. Let’s find out!

Throne-of-Glass-Plot-+-WritingThrone of Glass follows young assassin Celaena, who is imprisoned at a slave camp in Endovier. After a long year of torture she is brought in front of the king by his son Prince Dorian. She is given a choice to become the king’s champion (in other words his personal assassin). In order to do so she must beat several other champion contestants in a series of tests. If she wins, she wins her freedom after a four year stint being his champion assassin. Of course things are never easy, so when the other candidates start dropping like flies, Celaena must find out why before what ever it is comes after her.

Most likely my favorite aspect of the whole story was the writing. Maas knows how to tell a story with amazing story lines, dialogues, character interactions, action filled scenes, and nail biting endings. I was thoroughly enthralled with the way the story was written, I just wish I got more from Celaena and her over all character growth.

Throne-of-Glass-CharactersAlthough I had a love and hate relationship with some of the characters, I must admit this novel and a wide variety of great characters. Whether it be the not so bad ass lady assassin heroine, the courageous but cautious guard captain, the dreamy prince, or the mysterious foreign rebel princess. You get a bit of everything in the novel. So lets talk about them.
Celaena, the resident not so bad ass assassin. I was pretty let down by the main protagonist to be quite honest. I was hoping for a hardcore killer, but what I got was a girly girl with so many feelings. She was probably the worst assassin I have ever read because she had too many emotions. She fell in love too quickly, and she wasn’t at all intimidating. Even her name bothered me. (But that’s just a personal issue)

Chaol, the courageous but cautious guard captain. Here was a redeeming character that I actually liked. He was quiet, shy in some ways, loving, caring, and not a huge asshole to everyone. He was able to separate his duties from his feelings – not like some other characters! (cough-cough Celaena)

Dorian, the dreamy prince. The very confidant and cocky prince. The type of character you love to hate just because he can sometimes be a hard ass. But I’ll say one thing, he sure did start falling in love pretty damn quickly. But aside from that he was the complete opposite from his psychotic father which was a plus!

And finally, Nehemia, the foreign princess. To be honest I would say that this character is what saved this book for me. I loved everything about her. She was brave, cunning, smart mouthed, courageous, funny, and beneficial to the plot. Oh how I loved all her secrets and game moves and can’t wait to learn more about her!

Throne-of-Glass-SettingI love the world Maas has created and I know there is so much more to be explored! The majority of the story takes place at the castle and surrounding areas. With a lot of dark and damp secret tunnels there was many aspects of intrigue with the setting. With vivid descriptions and vast environmental details we were never left guessing what the surrounding look like.

For now I will just sit back and patiently wait for more to be explored and discovered in the big world that Throne of Glass is set in. Until then I am quite content with what has been provided so far.

Throne-of-Glass-In-ConclusionAs we come to a conclusion I want to say that there were more redeeming qualities to this story then there were faults. I am super excited to continue on in the series and have high hopes for some more cool magical elements, and for more bad ass assassining. Even though I just made that word up, I feel it makes sense.

If you guys have already read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, I would love to hear what your thoughts were and see if we have any common opinions.


Plot = 3/5

Writing = 4/5

Characters = 2.5/5

Setting = 3/5

Until next time,


Throne-of-Glass-About-the-AuthorSarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.


12 thoughts on “Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | REVIEW

  1. Fantastic review once again! Being as this is my favourite series of all time, I’m all overjoyed that you liked it!
    I know how you feel when you said that Celaena isn’t much of an impressive assassin. But since there are 6 books (im pretty sure) n this series, you just wait, you will see her character develop and grow. You really start to see her develop in the next two books which I hope you read soon! Crown of Midnight will blow you away. But I think it isn’t until Queen of Shadows that you really see her grow to her full potential, because if you have read The Assassin’s Blade (which I haven’t finished yet) you would know what caused her to be the way she is in Throne of Glass.
    Chaol is so wonderful. I tool a liking to him immediately. I thought he was pretty gruff, but it grew on me. I just want to cuddle him to be honest. As for Dorian, in this first book I didn’t really like him but then he grew on me and now, after reading the two books after Throne of Glass, I adore him as much as I adore Chaol.
    Nehemia! She is truly a great character, isn’t she? Brace yourself though, the next book gets pretty full on!

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    • Oh Josie! I’m already caught up in the series, just super slow at posting reviews! HAHA
      It does get better! Celaena is starting to warm up to me, Chaol sort of took a back seat in HoF, and Dorian is coming to terms with his new indentity! But oh Nehemia 😦 My heart hurts. And then we have Rowan… I want him!

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      • Oh, well even better! Hehe, woops.
        I’m glad Celaena is beginning to grow on you. It’s progress!
        I personally am loving seeing Dorian grow, the more I read about him, the more I love him.
        I know, what happened to Nehemia… I did not see it coming, and did not want it to happen! 😦

        ROWAN. I know some people didn’t really love him but just like you, yes… I want him. ❤ I fell for him almost immediately when he was introduced in HoF. I am looking forward to hopefully him making an appearance in QoS.
        And am I the only one who totally melted for Aedion? Something about him just broke down my protective barriers around my heart.

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  2. GOOD. I am not the only one who doesn’t think Caelena is flawless and beautiful. I mean I don’t mind the arrogance, but she is just so childish, her personality grates me. I have heard multiple times that Crown of Midnight is a vast improvement, but I don’t know if I can bring myself to read it haha. I am glad you found the books had some merits!

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  3. Brilliant review! I agree with a lot of what you said. It took me a little while to warm up to Celaena’s character as well; I still, definitely, don’t think she’s as flawless as a lot of people make her out to be. But I do think that Celaena’s awesome bad-assery comes to the surface in Crown of Midnight due to unfortunate circumstances. I’m glad you liked Chaol, because he’s my favorite in the series. Nehemia too! I hope you like the second book more than this one! 🙂

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