Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

December 2, 2013 Review 41 ★★★★½

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Purchased
Pages: 404
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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.
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THRONE OF GLASS surprised me in all the best ways. Even with the abundance of positive reviews, I was still a little skeptical. I tend to avoid books with hype, but after grabbing my copy from the shelf and reading the back, I knew I was going to sit down and read it right then and there because of what was promised.

“Two men are in love with her. The whole land fears her. Only she can save them all.”

I’m sorry, did someone just promise me not one, but two perfect love interests?

For all my wailing about bad love triangles, I sure can not get enough of them. I love love triangles, especially when they just work. THRONE OF GLASS is one case where having two love interests worked, and worked well. Prince or Captain? Well, that is up to you to decide, but it sure won’t be an easy decision! Both men are absolute perfection, but with faults that make them human, more real.

“In the garden, the Captain of the Guard stared up at the young woman’s balcony, watching as she waltzed alone, lost in her dreams. But he knew her thoughts weren’t of him.

She stopped and stared upward. Even from a distance, he could see the blush upon her cheeks. She seemed young—no, new. It made his chest ache. Still, he watched, watched until she sighed and went inside. She never bothered to look below.”

Maas most likely prides herself on ripping out our hearts with lines like this.

Me, debating on who to ship in Throne of Glass

Anyway. THRONE OF GLASS has plenty more to offer than romance. It has action, politics, twists, and magic, which all combine to create a truly awesome novel.

Celaena is an assassin, who was caught and paid for her crimes in the Salt Mines. She is offered a deal: become the King’s Champion and fight for her freedom, or go back to the mines.

Celaena wants nothing less than fighting for the man that inadvertently was the reason she was forced to kill in the first place but her freedom is worth more to her than her hatred.

The action and fighting in this novel were very easy to imagine, the simple yet descriptive writing allowed me to become very immersed in the story. You could feel every emotion Celaena was feeling: her fatigue, her love for her friends, and her struggles. She is a major badass, plain and simple.

THRONE OF GLASS has truly great world-building, and for those of you who still wish to know more background and history, there are many novellas in the series to check out-they all take place before the first novel. I really enjoyed this book, and will be on the lookout for the rest of the series.

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Overall: 4.7

41 Responses to “Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. Bec

    CHAOL CHAOL CHAOL CHAOL CHAOL CHAOL CHAOL CHAOL

    (it just struck me that the reason I love him is not just because he is obviously the best choice, but because that relationship is going to be the more slow building one and khsfkashfksahfjkahf)

    I TOLD YOU YOU”D LIKE IT. Well I think I did. If I didn’t I thought it. And you’re right about everything. It’s such a kick ass book and reading it the second time round was just as good as the first. Cannot wait to read Crown of Midnight (though I’m really scared) and I need to read the novellas when they come out in that anthology thing next year.

    • Alise

      DORIAN DORIAN DORIAN DORIAN DORIAN DORIAN DORIAN DORIAN DORIAN

      (I can’t really do that because I enjoy both boys, sigh!) Yeah…. They are pretty cute.

      WHATEVER. The real test will be Fangirl. If I don’t like that, I’ll… I’ll- Remove you from Facebook! Yeah, yeah I’ll do that. Same, I asked for it for Christmas :)

  2. Oana

    I keep seeing this book everywhere! I might just have to finally get it and read it, as it seems it deserves all its raving reviews. I also like love triangles, but there are so many books where they don’t work. I’m usually skeptical when I read the description of a book and I see there’s a love triangle. If you’re saying this one was nicely done, then the novel is really worth a try.
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    • Alise

      DO IT. Peer pressure! :)
      Oh, trust me, I am the same. There are some REALLY awful love triangles out there. This is not one of them :)

  3. Andreea

    Have also heard great things about this book and I am really glad you ended up loving it.

    As you may know, I do not enjoy fantasy as much as I enjoy paranormal and dystopian, but I do read fantasy from time to time so I might give this a try the next time I’ll be in the mood for a great fantasy.

    Thanks for your review.

    Andreea
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    • Alise

      Nah, there are a lot of people who haven’t! (Saying this as a person who, as of a week ago, hadn’t) xD
      She is, hope you like it!

  4. Janina @ Synchronized Reading

    Now this is interesting. You really now have me curious to read this book just to see about the love triangle. I HATE love triangles, but now I want to know about it lol I’ve been eyeing this book, but the fact that it had a love triangle kind of turned me off. But the book does sound pretty good and I’ve heard great things! Great review :)
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    • Alise

      I would LOVE for this to be the book that makes you like love triangles :) It has it’s flaws, but the romance is so amazing. If you ever read it, let me know :)

  5. Ariella

    EEEEEK.. I read Crown of Midnight a while back and OMG it totally ripped my heart out. I totally get what you said about not knowing who to ship. They’re both so perfect and adorable! I think I’ll go for the Captain though ;) *wiggles eyebrows* You got a lot coming on in Crown of Midnight. I hope you’ll read it soon :D
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    • Alise

      It is an awesome feeling when the book totally lives up to the life. LOL, I’m glad you understood that :) Same same, I think I am leaning towards Dorian.

  6. Angie

    Oh wow.. you gave this a high rating!! I need to get to reading this book. I was supposed to read it like a year ago for my book club but wasn’t able to and have been meaning to read it ever since!!
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  7. Sydney

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I haven’t picked it up at the library yet (too many other books that need reading), but it’s definitely on my list. I’m the same way — I hate badly done love triangles, but ooo do I love a good one!

    • Alise

      I know what you mean! There are few that actually work, but I would say this is one of them. I hope you give it a shot sometime!

  8. Sunny

    I’m ashamed I haven’t read this one yet, but now I know I need to asap because EVERYTHING. I’m so wary when it comes to love triangles because they like to produce eye rolling, but THIS sounds fantastic. Along with everything else: action, world building, kick-butt-awesomeness.

  9. Jan

    I was totally obsessed with this book for exactly the reasons you mentioned. I thought this was one time where the love triangle worked well because I thought it was going to go one way and then it didn’t! For the record I’m rooting for Chaol! :-) And Caelena is definitely a badass!
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    • Alise

      Same! I really have a thing for unpredictable plot lines like that. Have you read Shadow and Bone? That triangle sure surprised me.

  10. Anna

    Oh my gosh I’m definitely starting this book tonight! I *LOVE* love triangles, I really can’t get enough of them haha 0:-) I’ve had it on my TBR list for ages and just finished the book I was reading tonight, and since reading this review gotten me so excited, going to run to my kindle and start reading right now! :D Thanks for sharing!
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    • Alise

      I’m so happy to know someone else who likes them! I’m such a sucker, I almost prefer them (it’s awful) I enjoy the pain they cause me xD That’s so awesome to hear-I hope you like it!

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