Review | Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

“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.”


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.Goodreads

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Thoughts About The Book

IMG_20160619_212242As a newbie to the Throne of Glass hype, I can honestly say that I was pretty pleased with my experience reading the first book. Celaena Sardothien is a badass assassin fighting for her freedom after spending a year enslaved in a salt mine. How did the most skilled assassin get caught and end up enslaved? Well there are hints throughout the book, but the novella, Assassin’s Blade, fills in a lot of those gaps. I chose to read Throne of Glass first and save the novella for after; however, a lot of readers choose to start with the prequel before diving into the series. I don’t think it would make a huge difference either way, except there might be a couple surprise/shock factors you miss out on by reading the novella first.

Anyway – Throne of Glass! Yes, so much yes to a badass heroine. I actually found that I did not like Celaena at the beginning. Throughout the book I grew to like her, but I was constantly thinking that she was not showing enough badassness (yes, new word). If you really pay attention to the plot and overall picture of the story though, everything ended up working together. There is a sort of love triangle thing that goes on, but I don’t feel like we as readers have enough information by the end of the book to make a solid stand for one choice over the other. In my opinion, most other characters, except Celaena, were only introduced on a surface level. Dorian, the Crown Prince, had a little development throughout, but still felt like a very fresh character.

By the end of the book, I was extremely happy I picked it up. I found myself getting lost in this fantasy world Maas created and want to see how everything grows. Knowing there are several more books in the series keeps me interested in seeing if Celaena becomes as badass as she’s always claiming to be, because I don’t think we’ve seen her full potential yet. Great work on the start to this series Maas, can’t wait to read the rest!



Yes – fantasy and strong heroine lovers will find this story enticing. After reading ACOTAR, ACOMAF, and now Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas has become an autobuy author. After finishing this, I actually went to Aamzon and purchased the rest of the series!

My 5 Cup Rating:

Book Info

Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 432 (Paperback)
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Website: Sarah J. Maas official website
Throne og Glass on Goodreads
Sarah J. Maas Amazon author page
My Review Copy: Purchased – Amazon
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One thought on “Review | Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  • June 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed this book! I know for a fact that you will love the rest of the series.

    I agree with you about Celaena not showing her “badassness” (my new favourite word) in the first book. I think that there was a lot more telling rather than showing, but this is something that changes throughout the rest of the series. Her development is probably my favourite character development in any book that I’ve read. Enjoy the rest of the series!


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