Thursday, August 16, 2012

Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Publication: August 7,2012
Publisher:Bloomsbury USA Childrens 
Pages: 416
Audience:Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 4 out 5
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

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.

Thoughts:Celeana is a cunningly calculating, feisty and bold female heroine. I heart her! She is something serious. I love that she is an assassin and a girly girl, as these two sides of her are unexpected from someone like her. The thought of her brings fear to many men but they didn't expect her to be so young. She suffered the loss of her parents at a very young age; she is locked up and whipped in the salt mines. It is a wonder that her will is so strong that her spirited nature is intact. She does however jump at the opportunity to have her life as her own. Freedom never sounded so sweet but it comes with a price. She must enter a competition to become the King's champion before she can taste that freedom. She just has to survive to the final duel.Now, in addition to this she has to contend with the fact that something or someone is killing off her opponents and she is given the task to stop the evil that is responsible.

The first chapter started off slow for me but by the second chapter I was hooked. The writing is eloquent and the characters are detailed and realistic.  The romance was subtle between Celaena and the male love interests. It was great that they aren't to the point of being madly in love. Chaol and Prince Dorian both bring out different sides of Celeana but I feel Chaol is the best match for her. The pace was slow, although I still like the book. I think this has the potential to be a great series.


  1. It sounds like a great read. :-)

  2. Sounds like a book I would enjoy! Thanks for the review.

  3. Finished this book a few days ago. I really love the banters between Celeana & Dorian and Celeana & Chaol. I smiled like a fool every time I stumbled upon those banters LOL

  4. I agree. I loved this book and, although I loved both male characters, I loved that the author didn't jump into the romance and make it the point of the story. Wonderful, smarter banter between the characters. Did you notice how much the picture of Celeana on the cover looks like the author's picture on the book flap?

  5. It's interesting to see so many different opinions about this book. Either you love it or you hate it. I think I'm intrigued enough that I will probably eventually read it.

  6. I really like the book so much. I agree that the first chapter is slow best the rest is okay.


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