July 15, 2013

Review: Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by: Sarah J. Maas (#1) (2012)
404 pages
Genre: Young Adult/High Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: The library
Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review

Warning: When you start reading this book, which you should right away, even before finishing this review is fine, you should be warned that late night reading and possibly no sleep will incur once you begin reading Throne of Glass.

Throne of Glass, to put it simply, was an amazing read. Why oh why did it take me so long to read this? Luckily, there is one upside for waiting so long to read Throne of glass (only one mind you) and that is I now don’t have to wait long for the sequel because it comes out in August! So listen here, I’m going to start my review off with a simple request, READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW! Seriously, stop what you are doing and get a copy in some way. This book is especially perfect for fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Did I mention that I’m not even a big high fantasy fan but I loved this book?

I will admit this book is not perfect, (well it is 99% perfect which is pretty darn close) but it was so darn good that I gave it 5 stars anyway. I only had a few very tiny issues with Calaena’s character and a tiny issue with trying to follow the magic in the book, but I’m thinking the magic part will work itself out more in the next book.

The relationships in Throne of Glass were done right. Nothing too unbelievable and the love triangle (well there isn’t too much of one but I think there will be) didn’t bother me at all, and that is saying something. Both men were complex, sexy, and I can’t even choose which one I love more.

Now I will be a little creepy…  Celaena is a heroine that is so kick ass that I’m pretty sure I am in love with her. She has a few flaws and I was hoping to get to see her more in action, but in the end she had my heart. This assassin rocks my world in so many ways. I love listening to her strategic assassin type planning whenever she is in any kind of situation, always checking for exits and the best way to take someone down. She is also girly at times and a little full of herself, but I thought that really rounded out her character. Oh and I guess I should mention the minor characters, they all rock in their own way too. I think that about sums that up.

The world building was great. A castle made of glass, crazy cool. The magical history worked for me. The evil king that I wanted to throttle was also spot on. The descriptions of everything from the people to the castle to the city were well done. Even the gory type scenes were well written, although I will warn you that they are graphic. I had so many feels while reading Throne of Glass. My heart reached out for the poor souls being treated horribly in a slave camp and for other innocents that had a horrible fate, and especially for Celaena, assassin or not, I felt for her. Oh and the book does get a little crazy but in a glorious way, and the action scenes are perfection and are in abundance.

In case you didn’t go pick up the book like I insisted you do earlier, now is the perfect time. If you are not a fan of high fantasy you may not enjoy this book, but other than that I think many people will enjoy Throne of Glass if they give it a try.

On to the novellas I go while I wait for the next installment.

My Rating: 5/5 


  1. So glad you loved Throne of Glass! Wasn't it amazing, the characters, the world building, the action. And I agree with your fangirling- "Celaena is a heroine that is so kick ass that I’m pretty sure I am in love with her." **smiling & nodding yes** Me too. Thanks for sharing, great review. :)

    1. Thanks Book Swoon! You are right, Throne of Glass is just downright amazing. I really do have major feels for this book. Calaena was just sooo awesome. I am waiting so impatiently for the next book!

  2. Yes. I think I'm in love with Celaene too. SHE'S JUST SO AMAZING! I want to be her! The gore scenes were pretty... gorey, but I'm glad that Maas didn't just shy away from that and slide over it. I'm glad the gore was in there.
    I'm leaning more towards Dorian/Celaena right now, but I wouldn't mind Chaol/Celaena either. I like them both :)
    I need to get my hands on those novellas too!

    1. That would be awesome if we could be Celaene. I can't wait to read the novellas they are supposed to help explain and give more background I think.

      Oh and I can't decide between Dorian or Chaol. I think I may love them both. ;)

  3. Omg I love everything about this review haha! And I am pretty sure I am in love with Celaena too so if that's creepy we can be creepy together! You should prepare yourself for some serious feels becuase Crown of Midnight is even better! It seriously rocked my world. I cannot wait for you to read it so we can gush about it together! I actually bought all of the novellas too but didn't read them yet! I should probably get on that, I don't know what i'm waiting for.

    Great review Kay! I am so happy you love this as much as I do!!!! :D

    1. I can't wait to read Crown of Midnight so I can fangirl with you. :) I am totally okay with us being creepy together. I'm really excited you love this series so much, because that pushed me to read it!

  4. I've heard a lot about this book, Kay, and it's definitely high on my TBR list. Though it can sometimes be a bit confusing, I do like an author who thinks outside the box and creates something totally unique (which it sounds like Maas did). I can't wait to read it so that I can totally fangirl out with you on this series!

    Also, you should really check out Shadow and Bone if you enjoy the high fantasy meets interesting magic stuff! I am SO loving that series!

    1. I can't wait for you too read it as well!!!

      Noted, I will be adding Shadow and Bone to my reading list and I will be looking for a copy at the library. Thanks Nikki!

  5. Woohoo! Great review! I LOVEDDDDD ToG so much!

  6. I really enjoyed this book! I haven't read any of the "side" stories yet but I hope to in the future. Great review!

    Cleo Rogers (Bankruptcy Chicago)


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