REVIEW: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas

03 November 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury**
Published: August 2nd 2012
Pages: 404
Book: For Review*
Format: Finished copy
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult (YA), Romance, Adventure, Mystery, Action.
Meet Celaena Sardothien.Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?


After all the hype building up with this book I was a bit nervous to read it, as I was scared it may fall short of my expectations. It hadn't even been on my reading list before I received it to be honest because to me, it sounded a bit like a glorified version of Cinderella with a twist!
I'm glad I read it though.
Echoing others, I suffered the same slow start syndrome bit as some other bloggers I've seen talk about, but once we got out of that snare it was ok. After that I was hooked. Completely lost in Celaena's world.

'Celaena is not your average eighteen year old girl. She is a notorious assassin but has been captured and is being held in the filthy salt mines of Endovier for the rest of her life, what her gaolers seem to think is a small price to pay when you are a famous, deadly and ruthless assassin.

But then the Crown Prince offers her freedom. Freedom. The word she has turned over in her mind ever since she got caught. She longs to be free, but of course; there is a catch. She must sacrifice her life for the prince, and put her life on the line while she fights a to-the-death tournament against the most gifted assassins and thieves. It is either that or stay for the rest of her life in prison and it doesn't take Celaena long to decide. Live or die, she is going to enter the tournament, because she's not going to lose. She will win. Or so she hopes....'

Calaena's character annoyed me at the beginning. She was so vain and proud of herself that she was a killer, and she was constantly flirting! I thought she'd maybe be a bit silent, and keep to herself but no..she was practically melting under the prince's gaze...while wondering if she could kill him on the spot! But as I got to know her I warmed to her more and more as she showed her vulnerable side. Her thirst for books and knowledge; and her love of music, piano to be more exact. The only thing that I didn't quite believe in was her rapid adjustment to life at the palace. How could she have settled in that quickly when previously she had been living the harsh, and hard life of a salt mine? Other than that I loved her character. She was sarcastic  determined, brave and soft...yes...soft hearted! She is an assassin of all things, with a ice-cold hard but throughout the course of the book we see her changing, in a good way. Making friends. Sharing moments with both Dorian and Chaol.

I was team Chaol all the way. He was so thoughtful and kind even though he was meant to be guarding her he was also loyal, and strong. Dorian..I had nothing against him really, he was a flirt in simple words and while that can be nice sometimes I preferred Chaol's sweet, caring nature..and considering I usually hate love triangles..this one did well not to get on my nerves!

The side characters were equally strong. My favourite being the princess Nahemia. She was humourus too and it was nice to see Celaena actually making well as enemies I have to admit!
The plot itself was..complicated for me. In some places it would suddenly his a dry patch and I'd want to put the book down but in other places I just couldn't stop reading. To be honest I was a bit disappointed when the magical side of the book came in to play. I'm not a fan of magic really but after a while I got used to it. :)

Throne Of Glass is an action packed book featuring sarcasm, gore and blood, fight-to-the-death tournaments, romance and a kick-butt main character, the deadly, Cinderella-esque, notorious assassin, eighteen year old Celaena Sardothien. Have you read it yet?

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review.
**Thank you to Bloomsbury for sending me this book.


  1. I've wanted to read this book for quite a while -- thanks for the review! Oh, and do you have Pinterest? :)
    ~Ruby at

  2. Brilliant review! I received this in the post this week and I'm really excited to read it! :)x

  3. I really want to read this! Lucky Jasmine! <3

  4. One of the main reasons for which even I want to read this book is the hype, and like you, I hope I don't get disappointed! It does seem like a great read and it's always really cool for me when there are nice side characters. So... I guess I should read this after all!
    Brilliant review! :D

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  5. Glad you enjoyed this! I'm Team Dorian myself although I can see it's hopeless. I like the way he was flirty because he was so funny and spontaneous. My kind of guy :D

    Great review :D

  6. I didn't really Celaena at first either, finding her so vain but somehow I did end up being sympathetic to her. I wish there had been a bit more of a focus on her as an assassin as well as the fantastical elements and a lot less on the romance because that was the weakest part to me.

  7. This book sounds awesome! Just borrowed it from the library so hope I like it!


  8. Great review! I absolutely ADORED Throne of Glass! I'm glad you liked it too! I was team Dorian though. Chaol was indeed thoughtful and kind, but I feel like we didn't get to know him as well as we got to know Dorian. He was a little too quiet for me. I just didn't get a very good sense of his character so I wasn't able to swoon over him.

    I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

  9. Fantastic review! I agree with you, after the slow start I was completely hooked. I love Celeana's character too, she is the perfect kick-butt protagonist. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing your thoughts :) x

  10. I have this on my bookshelf t the moment and I'm really looking forward to reading it because everyone says it's great! Celaena sounds like an awesome, kick-ass character! :)

  11. Team Chaol! Woot, woot! He was my favourite too. ;)

    I'm glad you liked this overall, even if Celeana did take some getting used to. I'm so excited for the next book. Awesome review!

  12. I'm glad I didn't know about any of the hype before I read the book! I just know a friend told me I needed to read it after I was talking about how much I love assassins. I liked the book well enough, but I what I really want to know is...who is this Sam? (was that his name?) Apparently there is a series of novellas out that I can't get my hands on because I don't have any kindle money, which has left me seriously put out.
    Anyways, interesting review. School ended before I had a chance to really talk to my friend about the book, so it was nice to see what someone else thought.


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