Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Publication Date: August 7th, 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Format: Hardcover, 406 pages


When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

     The Throne of Glass series is such a popular series and is very hyped, so I was a little hesitant going into this book. Unfortunately, I don’t think that it lived up to the hype for me, the plot did drag a lot for me, and I constantly felt like I was waiting for something to happen. I did find the plot very intriguing, and I’m invested enough in the storyline to continue the series at some point.

    I did really enjoy the characters, Celeana is a very unique and complex character, and I feel like there is still so much we have left to learn about her. I really loved her friendship with Nehimia, it’s one of the highlights for me. I feel like where we’re supposed to ship Celeana either with Chaol or Dorian, even though I prefer Dorian’s character, I didn’t end up shipping her with either of them. I didn’t like Chaol’s character, he was someone that I had a hard time connecting with. It annoyed me that Chaol couldn’t get over the fact that Celeana is an assassin, especially knowing this before he even met her, and because of what she’s brought there for in the first place.

     I found some of the things that happened towards the end of the book to be a little predictable, I can see what Sarah has set up to happen in the next book, and I’m not a fan. Other than that I did really enjoy the ending, and overall I did like this book and I’m excited to see what she has in store for us next.