Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | Book Review

Book cover of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: High Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 7 August, 2012
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 kings 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 sick when I read this book, but I found myself so enthralled, that I hardly even noticed. I spent the day in bed, captivated by the world Sarah J. Maas has created. It's a world marred by a tragedy that happened when Calaena, the MC, was just a little girl. And the person who was responsible for it is the person Calaena must now fight to protect. It's an extremely enticing story.

Calaena is a fantastic character. She is strong, cunning, observant, a little flirtatious, and wicked deadly. I loved seeing how she took in her environment around her; the way she dealt with those who annoyed her, and those who intrigued her. She is "the kingdom's deadliest assassin," but underneath that, she is just a girl who gets annoyed, bored, or even flattered by a request to dance--just like the rest of us.

While love triangles usually annoy me, I was actually really into the one in this story. :) After seeing the good and bad sides of each guy, I could see why Calaena would like them both. Her time spent with each of them was important to the plot, and made the story more interesting. I'm still not sure which one I think she should be with. Not that it matters, since I'm not calling the shots...but I really like it when I'm right.

I'm wishing I typed this review up earlier, because I had two specific things I didn't quite like about the story...but can now only remember the details of one of them. Basically, I felt that the ending didn't hold all that the story was building up to. While it was an exciting ending, and I had no idea it would happen in the way that it did, I felt like the story was building up to Calaena doing more (I can't go into details without spoiling), as well as a big reveal of some information about Calaena, that I really thought was coming. The second part is my fault for reading too far into things (I'm still holding out for the big reveal in the second book), but the first part was a big letdown.

With that said, I still feel like this is a fantastic adventure. It's got great characters, and a good amount of fighting/training (some of my favorite scenes). If you are wanting to get into high-fantasy, this is the book to begin with. If you already like this genre, then this is definitely a book you don't want to miss!

The Reading Fever's Fever Meter: 99.4
Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...you like strong female characters, a good love triangle, and life or death situations.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Violence typical to high-fantasy, including fighting and murders.}

This is the UK/Australia/NZ trailer, but I think it captures the tone of the story really well:

Similar Books:
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson   |   The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson

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  1. I enjoyed this one too! And I know exactly what you mean about the reveal. I think that's coming in a later book!

    1. Oh, good! I'm so glad it wasn't just me thinking that. (Phew!) I really hope it comes, because I think it will be interesting.

  2. Aaahh so many great books to read! I wish I could read faster. Great review.

    Kathryn @ Clean Teen Fiction

    1. Thanks! And yeah, I totally know the feeling. SO many books, SO little time.

  3. This is on my to-read list! Good to know that I'll be entertained. :)

    1. Ooh, can't wait to see what you think about it.

  4. I am currently reading this book, but I haven't found the time to keep on reading this book this week. It's killing me!

  5. Been seeing good and bad reviews of this book. Your review had convinced me to buy this. Thanks to your awesome review :D

    -Dannielle/ The Unseelie Nerd

  6. I don't really like a good love triangle but I just might enjoy this one.

    1. Understandable. I hope you read it, though! It's a good one. :)


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