Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

November 27, 2014 Raquel Romero 2 ½

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publication Date: May 7th 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 404
Format: Paperback

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

“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.” 

I dont remember when exactly I first heard of Throne of Glass (it was probably a couple of years ago) but I didnt pay much attention to it. I wouldnt say Im kicking myself about it now because I can binge read all the books at once now, but I sure waited a long time to pick up a really good series. Im picky about fantasy books, and I can honestly say Ive found myself a winner with the Throne of Glass series.

Celaena Sardothien is an assassin. And a damn good one at that. For the past year, shes been locked away in prison, slaving away. Until the day the Crown Prince shows up as recruits her to participate in a competition to be the Kings Champion. Celaenas deal with the prince is: win the competition and after four years, shell have earned her freedom. Celaena reluctantly agrees; after all, its either become the Kings Champion or live out the rest of her days rotting in Endovier. What she comes to find in the glass kingdom is something far more dangerous than she ever expected.

My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my names Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because Id still beat you, no matter what you call me.

Celaena has earned a spot among some of my favorite kickass heroines. Shes tough and a smartass and stubborn as hell. And thats precisely what makes me love her so much. Also: SHES A PROUD BOOKWORM!!!! Umm Ms. Celaena, you just stole my heart once again. We dont get much of a backstory regarding Celaenas pastwhich makes everything so much more interesting because Im dying to find out what exactly happened to her.

While the romance is minimal, I am Team Chaol all the way. Just getting that out there now. Even if its Dorian who appears to show the most interest in Celaena, its the Captain of the Guard who completely won my heart over. Like Calaena, Chaol is a fighter. Hes also scared of the feelings Calaena evokes in him, and I loved getting to see that. Im not dissing on Dorian because I do like him. I just dont think he belongs with Calaena. Regardless, Im curious as to how thats going to play out.

Celaena, Chaol said gently. And then she heard the scraping noise as his hand came into view, sliding across the flagstones. His fingertips stopped just at the edge of the white line. Celaena, he breathed, his voice laced with painand hope. This was all she had lefthis outstretched hand, and the promise of hope, of something better waiting on the other side of the line.

Sarah J. Maass world-building is something else. I am always in awe of authors who are able to create these fantastic worlds filled with magic. It takes a great deal of imagination and inspiration and talent to achieve such a task. Theres still so much we dont knowabout the King and the politics surrounding Adarlan, as well as about Calaena and the power shes stumbled across. Nevertheless, Throne of Glass is a great beginning to what I have no doubt will be an amazing series.


I found this book playlist on Pinterest I dont know how long ago and I pinned it on one of my boards. And I forgot all about it while I was reading Throne of Glass. Regardless, I encourage you guys to listen to these songs while reading the book!

2 Responses to Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Melissa Robles

    Loved this book to pieces! And YAY for Team Chaol! I was torn at first because like you, I also liked Dorian (hes cool) but hes not as intriguing as Chaol. <3
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    • Raquel Romero

      Yeah, and I felt like Dorians too much of a pushover right now (regarding his father politics). Im just really loving on Chaol!


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