Jul 28, 2014

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: 8.7.2012
Pages: 404
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Source: Finished copy from publisher

Rating: 5 Stars

Summary (from Goodreads):
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 exhilirating. 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.


Sarah J. Maas is a master at her craft. This book just blew me away. I caught myself gasping, whispering to myself "oh no", and getting mad along with the characters. I was definitely surprised by the turn of events.

The characters in this book are so amazing and have such depth that you can almost talk to them. Celaena is by far my favorite, as she should be. Maas did an amazing job getting you in her head, letting you in her heart. You think you know her, how she is, how she will react to something and then BAM! Your blown away by her. You begin to feel her scars and blush with her at the same time. Dorian and Chaol are no different. All of their personalities are so different yet you can relate and understand them and who they are. I love them all.

Maas has an eye for details. All of the little things she describes and inputs make this story that much more real. Exactly how Celaena was when she left camp, the fires, the glass castle, and the landscape give the perfect mental image and portray what Maas is giving you. I don't want to give to much away.

What I love most is Celaena's journey. How her priorities change and her heart seems to grow out of no where. And the hint of something deeper that she is keeping quiet and hidden. Also, the king. There are just question marks popping up all around and makes you weary for Celaena.

Maas has created an adventurous, mysterious tale that leaves you clueless, happy, hopeful and excited for what's to come.


  1. I wasn't the biggest fan of Celaena in this first book. She was such an arrogant little chick -- I just wanted to smack her at times. But the story...so good. And the second book is where I finally understood and loved Celaena. I'm told I should read the prequels...

  2. YAY GABRIELLE!!! I'm so glad you Celaena too! I have to admit though, like Mary, I did not much care for her in this book. Her arrogance sort of rubbed me the wrong way, BUT, then I read the prequel novellas and Crown of Midnight and I fell madly in love with her. I can't wait to see what you think of books 2 and 3!!!

  3. LOL I pretty much agree with the other comments because I also didn't really like Celaena in this one either. Near the end of the Crown of Midnight, things changed! I'm glad you did enjoy Throne of Glass because I think Crown of Midnight is even better!

    Great review!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  4. One of my favorite series ever!!!! I love fantasy and this IS fantasy at it's best :)


I hope you know that every time you comment, an angel gets its wings.

OK, not really, but thanks for popping by!