Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1) | REVIEW

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1)
Published by Bloomsbury on August 7th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Action & Adventure
Pages: 404
Format: Hardcover

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Throne of GlassWhen 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 the evil before it destroys her world.


3 Stars

First Line:

After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.


COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟           PLOT 🌟🌟🌟


WRITING 🌟🌟🌟        WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is the first book of the Throne of Glass series, a high fantasy that follows Celaena, a female assassin as she fights for her freedom while aiding 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?

The Good

Throne 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.

There were only a handful of characters that I actually connected with. Prince Dorian and Princess Nehemia were just that. Dorian, the  very confidant and cocky prince. The type of character you love to hate just because he can sometimes be a hard ass. 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!

I 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.

We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

The Bad

There are only  handful of faults with Throne of Glass, one being the rather dry plot which was reminiscent of other books in the past, and two very unlikable characters.

I found the plot of Throne of Glass to be very boring and nothing new to me. I didn’t find anything exciting about the events going on and could rather have cared less to be honest. I found more enjoyment in the interactions between characters then anything else this book had to offer.

Celaena and Chaol frustrated me to no end. 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. He was a complete snoozefest. If there was a competition for Celaena’s love I don’t think he would last a minute up against Dorian to be honest. I wish he has a little bit more of a personality at least.

You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.

Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

For a first book in a series, I was quite underwhelmed, but I want to see if the sequel can redeem itself! Let me know what you guys thought of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

Sig 3



Sarah J. MaasSarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

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.

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Jesse Nicholas lives in Toronto, Canada. He is an aspiring writer and one day wishes to have a novel published. Along with writing, Jesse enjoys music, travel, trashy TV, and is an avid reader of anything in the Young Adult and Fantasy/Sci-Fi genres. He is currently posts reviews on the novels he reads on his blog, and spends hours upon hours coming up with ideas for a future stories.

8 thoughts on “Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1) | REVIEW”

  1. I just posted my review for this one too. I actually enjoyed this one, but I haven’t read many in this genre so maybe that is why I found it exciting. I agree with you in the character of Chaol, he wasn’t very manly but maybe he gets better. I really liked Dorian though 🙂
    Great review!!

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  2. I definitely think this series gets better as it goes along! I’m currently reading EoS, but I know if I went back to the first book, it would be extremely weak compared to the others in this series 🙂 I hope you enjoy the rest of these books 🙂

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  3. I quite liked the first book – but I don’t love the rest of the series? I’m the black sheep though – so I hope you love the next book! I totally agree though with Chaol – I didn’t find him that interesting in ToG, and Dorian and Nehemia were my faves 😀
    Honestly can’t wait to hear what you think of the next book *laughs maniacally*

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