Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Posted August 3, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Published by Bloomsbury on August 2nd, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 406
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

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?

4.5 Stars

Throne of Glass is one of those books that has had a massive amount of hype. People fell in love with it last year, and if you look around the book blogosphere now, tons of bloggers are raving about its sequel, Crown of Midnight. Because they all have ARCs. Bitches. So I’m late to this party and MAN I feel bad because why did I put this off for so long? This book is just as epic as everyone makes it out to be. It’s one of my favorite series now.

This book started off with a bang. None of the slow, massive worldbuilding info dump starts that are typical to high fantasy books. No. We are greeted with an awesome main character. Celaena made me fall in love with her within the first 10 pages. She’s highly intelligent, skeptical, snarky, and just all around awesome. She’s pulled out of the slave mines according to the deal presented in the book’s synopsis, and off she goes on her adventure. I was immediately captivated, wanting to know more about her past, her talent as an assassin, and the world of Erilea. (And, of course, about Chaol.) I loved getting to know Celaena throughout this book, and there was such character depth to her that I just kept growing to love her even more. Especially her bookworm tendencies and her fighting skills continuously impressed me. Awesome.

The story itself is fantastic. I loved every little bit of it, and putting the book down was painful. Celaena takes part of this competition to be the King’s Champion, which entails training, battles, and human psychology, in a way. Add to this a side of mystery and intrigue, as there is a series of brutal murders in the castle. Fantasy elements galore, which I won’t really go into to avoid spoiling you. And then… the romance.

This freaking romance. It’s not a big part of the story, because there’s so many other sides to the plot, but I seriously enjoyed it. Let me put it out there: this has a love triangle. I know, you’re groaning, and usually I’d be with you because, ugh, love triangles, seriously. But… no. Even this, Sarah J. Maas masters. I can’t help it. I have feelings for both guys. I started out only being for Chaol, but then Dorian grew on me. I think I’m still more on the Chaol side of things, but I am pretty torn. And that’s what it takes to make a good love triangle: it’s not an easy or clear cut choice. I found myself in Celaena’s shoes and I didn’t know any better either. The romantic-esque scenes with both guys just killed me.

What I love so much about both guys is mostly the character depth they were given as well. I love Sarah J. Maas’s characterizations. She just gets me. Instead of Dorian being the handsome prince, with no other dimension to his personality, you slowly really get to know him as well: what his principles are and how he struggles with his father. And then Chaol… Chaol has a hard shell but has those rare moments when he allows Celaena to get a glimpse of who he really is… He is one very intriguing man and I cannot wait to learn more about him.

The writing style was fluid and captivating, which made this an even more compelling read that was hard to put down. The tests and battles toward the end of the book are absolutely action packed, and I may have snuck in some reading at work because I couldn’t help myself. I was addicted. And after it was all over, I had difficulty picking up the next book to read, since I still have to wait for Crown of Midnight. All signs point to this being a must read.

I’ve thought long and hard about whether there’s any kind of flaw I can point out and considered the light comparison to The Hunger Games (but there were enough differences) or the pretty predictable plot twists (I loved the execution anyway), but… they never really bothered me while reading. So you know what?

Summing Up:

The bloggers raving about this series are not wrong. Throne of Glass is epic. Sarah J. Maas’s beautiful writing created an awesome world with brilliant characters, all of which had tons of depth. The story packed a punch with thrilling action and fight scenes. Add a side of political intrigue and addictive romance (in spite of its love triangle nature), and yeah, we can call this a Debby Book™. Minus half an orange just because I would have liked to have had my mind blown with plot twists a bit more.

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23 responses to “Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Bec

    Your review captured my thoughts about Throne of Glass perfectly! I read it last year and flew through it in a day. It was a book that brought me out of a reading-block I think. Either way I can't wait to reread it and (eventually) get my hands on Crown of Midnight.

    Great review! And jumping on the band wagon later is better than never!!
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  2. achoquet

    So yeah, I've definitely have seen the book hype for this but STILL haven't read it, though after reading this review I think I need to change that (oh my gosh, I think being your book friend would result in bankruptcy the way you sell the books you love). I think what makes me most excited about this after reading your review is just how great she is with the characters. Characters are my number one focus while reading, and I want them to have tons of depth and to make me care. It's like you said, if that can be done, other things (like a love triangle) can be overlooked because you love those characters. So yes. Bumping up on my TBR list!
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  3. Yeaaay. Yeaaay. Yeaaay! I freaking love this book and I agree about everything you said. From the awesome Celaena to the difficult-to-choose-love-triangle (although I'm a 100% team Chaol). I'm not sure why, but I could order Crown of Midnight from TBD and it wasn't a pre-order? The white cover:… but I'm not sure if that's right. I've ordered it anyway, haha. I can't wait. I need more Celaena in my life.

    Oh yeah, I really recommend reading the novella's! My review will be up soon, but they are AWESOME. I've never read such good novella's before.
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  4. Janita (Book, Interrupted.)

    Just posted a review of this on my blog too 🙂 Unfortunately I wasn't as big of a fan. Celaena's characterization and the love triangle just didn't work for me, but I'm super intrigued by the fantasy and magical elements that the author alluded to. I'll definitely be picking up the next book!

  5. Pam@YAEscape

    I loved this book and I cannot wait for Crown of Midnight! (I'm going to have to re-read this book so it will be fresh). I would definitely recommend the novellas as you get a lot of background on Celaena as an assassin and her former relationship that impacts her in Throne of Glass. And I thought this love triangle was well done. I'm definitely Team Chaol. Great review!
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  6. Aw man, if I had had the time to blaze through this in one day, I probably would have. It really would be the perfect book to get you out of a slump – and I'm so happy this is the book I read after Adela.

    ;____; I'll just be crying and rocking back and forth until I get Crown of Midnight.

  7. HAHAHA I'm glad I can be such a strong book pusher xD Aww man I can't wait for you to read this 🙂 And I'm with you, characters with depth = essential. 😀

  8. Yeah, I was confused about that too. I might order, but I don't know since I might be moving soon… asdfjkl; I dunno. If it takes three weeks to get here like all my TBD orders lately, it may not be worth it =/ *sigh* but YES to more Celaena in my life.

    Hmmm I'm not really a novella person, but people seem to really love these… I dunno. I'll keep it in mind.

  9. Aww, too bad. Too each his own, I can understand that not everyone would be that big of a fan of Celaena and the romance. I hope you like Crown of Midnight better 🙂

  10. Yeah, I don't typically read novellas, but you're about the fourth person to tell me these are great… So I might check them out. Eventually. I dunno. 🙂 thanks!

  11. I feel like you're a good person to recc books too. I don't think I've seen you hate anything I love yet. 🙂 I get to read Crown of Midnight soon and I'm excited.

    I'm totally on the Chaol side of things, but I did like that Dorian was a legitimate choice for a while. He was sort of the Jonathan to Celaena's Alanna, but that only makes sense if you read Tamora Pierce.

    This is one of those books where I get why people hate it, but I love its face and don't give a fuck.
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  12. YES YES YES ALL OF THIS!!!! Chaol–obvi, not even touching that one…I mean I WANT to touch that but…anyways 🙂

    TOTALLY agree about falling in love with Calaena within the first 10 pages. She is one of my favorite heroines EVER and I just want to be her friend. CANNOT wait for you to read Crown of Midnight, you are gonna die! It is so good and you will love love love it! Sarah's writing is like no other. Brings out ALL the feels!

  13. Oooh I think you should definitely give it a shot 🙂 Crown of Midnight gets even better. If you like fantasy, I think you'll like this. 🙂

  14. YAY 😀 😀 😀

    CHAOL OH MAN CHRISTINA. You need to read Crown of Midnight. plz. plzplzplz. THE FEEEEEEEEELS.

    I haven't read Tamora Pierce actually. *hides* Umm I should get on that sometime. Where would you recommend I start?

    I don't get why people hate this one TBH. lol. I guess I haven't read enough negative reviews of it yet. But I might just keep it this way and just keep making sweet love to this awesome series. IGNORANCE IS BLISS.

  15. Aww man, Kelly, I may need to fight you for Chaol, especially after Crown of Midnight hahahahaa soooooooooooooooooo dreamy 😀

    You were absolutely correct about CoM. It killed me. I had all the feels. So good. <3