Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Posted January 12, 2016 by Samantha Davies in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury on August 2, 2012
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 404
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Throne of Glass has been on my radar for some time but I never really knew what it was about and was so busy with other series I never really got around to reading it. Walking through Indigo a few weeks ago I saw the paperback and finally decided to read the synopsis and see what this book is about. I was really intrigued about a female assassin competing for her freedom. I picked up the book and once I started I could not put it down. Throne of Glass is one of those books that you will stay up all night to finish.

The story built slowly and let you get to know all the characters and their complexities. Celaena Sardothien is such an interesting character. She is the best assassin in Ardalan, she is cocky, smart, girly, vain, funny and scrappy. She went through horrible tragedy but let it make her stronger, she survived a year in the slave mines most only last a month in. I enjoyed all the different facets of personality and getting to learn more about her. You see a lot of character development for her through out book as she learns to trust people and finds herself making friends.

The romance was low key but interesting. Celaena is tugged between Captain Chaol Westfall and Crown Prince Dorian. At first she is attracted to Dorian for his looks but quickly sees what a good heart he has. Chaol grows on her over time as they learn to trust one another and he slowly begins to see her as more than just an assassin. I was really torn by the end of Throne of Glass over who she should pursue. I am looking forward to learning more about Chaol and Dorian and their past. They are best friends and I would like to see more scenes with them together. Hopefully competing over Celaena will not hurt their friendship.
There was a lot of hints to Celaena’s past and by the time I finished I was desperate to read the next book to see where her adventures take her. The story built slowly but the plot was well paced and kept me hanging on until the end. I cannot wait to start the next book Crown of Midnight and would highly recommend picking up Throne of Glass.

I give Throne of Glass 5 stars!

About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, will release on May 3rd, 2016.

A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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