Book Review ~ Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Posted: September 28, 2012 in 4.75, Fantasy, Review, Young Adult
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Release Date: August 7, 2012
ISBN 10: 1599906953
ISBN 13: 9781599906959

Rating: 4.75/5

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.


I was pretty much sucked into Throne of Glass from the first page.  Our heroine Celaena, is a well known, well trained assassin who has is currently imprisoned at a salt mine.  But Prince Dorian offers Celaena a chance at freedom, compete against 23 other criminals to determine who will be the King’s assassin.  What really drew me into the story was that I was going to be inside our skilled assassin’s head.  I was really looking forward to seeing what Celaena was thinking and feeling.

But I did find a fault in this seemingly “perfect” novel.  I felt at points the story was dragging on, to the point that I felt the story was not progressing.  Honestly, for me anyway, the first 100 or so pages felt a little “info dumpy” to me.  So I set the book down for a day and went about life.  When I picked Throne of Glass back up, I was able to tear through the rest of the book no problem.

One of the things that I really liked about Throne of Glass was that all the key “players” in the book were all very complex.  Just when you think you have them figured out the author throws you a curve ball and your back to square 1.  I really thought Celaena was a really well written “bad ass” heroine.  Even though we (the readers) don’t get to really see the assassin side of her, the subjects of the kingdom and the Royal family are all aware of her “dark side.”  I wonder if we will get to see more of the “dark side” in later books?  Prince Dorian is probably my favorite prince so far this year.  He’s the anti-royalty royal. Then there is his loyal friend and Captain of the Guard, Choal.  I think these two guys complement each other very nicely. I really enjoyed seeing how each of the guys interacted with Celaena.  There is a hint at a potential love triangle, but honestly, there was minimal romance in this first book.

The place where this book takes place at one time had magical elements to it.  I was hoping to read about some pretty serious fantasy elements, but then we learn that the King came through and did away with anything or anyone who maybe magical.  Needless to say, my high hopes for “pretty serious fantasy elements” were kind of dashed a little bit.  I’m not going to say that there isn’t any magic in the book, but what there is is VERY hush hush.

Overall, I was really happy with Throne of Glass.  The ending was completely crazy, in a good way, which I enjoyed immensely.  If I were going to recommend this book to someone I would recommend it to a person who enjoys their heroines with a set of “stones.”  Likes their hero’s slightly unorthodox and likes a little “dark magic.”

  1. Yes the beginning was really boring and dragged for me too. I ended up skipping most of the book. I liked Prince Dorian and the romance between the two. I wasn't a Chaol fan and hated the ending. I might grab the second book from the library just to scan and see what happens.

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