Throne Of Glass

Throne Of Glass

Paperback | May 7, 2013

bySarah J. Maas

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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.

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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 Cro...

SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Times bestselling author of Crown of Midnight, the sequel to Throne of Glass. Sarah, a New York native, currently lives in the California desert. She has a large on-line fanbase who eagerly support her writing. Visit her online at www.sarahjmaas.comFacebook: @SJMaas

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8.2 × 5.54 × 1.21 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! I red this book a few years ago and I read it again and again! I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love it I love female assassin novels, and especially when they take place in the past. The fantasy aspect to this story helps tie it all together. A great book!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good fantasy interesting world + story, wished we would see more of what being an assassin does to one's character
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite fantasy series! Celaena Sardothien is the most renown assassin of the kingdom, Endovier. Only problem: one year ago she was unlucky enough to be arrested and as a sentence she has been a slave in the salt mines of Endovier for the past year. Until the Crown Prince comes get her so she can be his champion in a tournament the king has organized to have his very own assassin at his service. If Celaena wins the tournament she would only have to work for four years with the king and then she would have her freedom back. That’s a really good reason to have a reason to win against her other components… This book really is amazing. I loved it from the beginning to the end and it is really action packed so you don’t have time to get bored. I also love Celaena so much. She is such a strong and independent character. And very badass since she is able to kill everyone in like three seconds. I though the world building was a little confusing a first, but that’s always the thing when I read fantasy. I got used to it after a while and I realized it was actually very interesting. There’s also the presence of love triangle but it is not overwhelming in the story and it is well organized which is great because I’ve read a lot of books where the love triangle was taking over the plot of the story and I didn’t like it much. In conclusion, I recommend this to everyone who likes fantasy and badass female characters. :)
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good good book, not the best but cool characters
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! I was looking for a new book and read the 1st chapter of this book and fell in love, I bought it online right away and finished it in a week, definitely a good read!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Don't miss this one
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Try it, you won't regret it! This is one of my all time favorite books. I was hooked from the first page and it left me thinking about it long after I finished it. I recently leant it to a friend who wasn't interested at all. She normally reads 1 book every few months and said it wasn't her thing. It took a lot of convincing and she finally started reading it. She messaged me 5 pages in to tell me how much she was loving it and she flew through 4 books in the series in less than 2 weeks.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not my favourite... This book was highly recommended to me by one of my friends, and I was very excited to read it. Unfortunately it was a bit slow for me (I guess this is understandable considering it was the first book in the series), and it dragged on a little too long. I've read Sarah's other work and loved them because they were a lot more fast paced and didn't take long to get to the interesting bits.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, Much Entertaining Well on stuff. I mean, it was very entertaining, and I clung on to the characters like I clung on to my mother as a child. I couldn't move until I finished the whole thing. I feel no regret for reading this, other than the fact that my mind has been completely boggled, and will be until I read the next book.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good first book in a series This book did not blow my mind like I expected it too but it was still a very good book to start the series!
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it sarahs books are my favourite!! Loved this as much as acotar
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The fantasy you crave! Sarah J. Maas writes an amazing fantasy that I read in one day because it was so good! The characters are funny, smart, and compassionate and the world is dynamic, well built and imagined. I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unintelligent and predictable This book offers nothing new and is filled with the ya fantasy cliches you've come to expect. Unless you're either a romance-thirsty thirteen year old or you like predictable plotlines and pointless love triangles, this book isn't for you. The books don't get any better after this one, either.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD After reading this book I had to read more of Maas' books. Her writing is amazing and only gets better from here.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite series Probably my favourite new series I read this year, Maas is an amazing author with a talent for creating related characters and plot lines that draw the reader in and make it almost impossible to put down the book. Make sure you have quick access to the next book because you will want it as soon as you finish this one!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good! It was a good read but I don't feel like it lived up to all the hype
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Good A pretty interesting read. I'm not a huge fan, but it was enjoyable to read, and the plot was quite interesting.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book !! Ever since I opened the book and read the first page, Sarah had me wrapped in this world. She does an excellent job at storytelling while also making the book captivating; I never wanted to put it down!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't Wait to Continue This Series! I really enjoyed this first instalment of the Throne of Glass series! While the overall plot in this novel seems to just be setting up our main characters position in the series, I really grew to love (or love to hate for a couple) our main characters! The relationships between the characters are interesting, and I find myself really excited to see them in other adventures!
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of fun Very fun book, not too complex. Good for YA. the characters are fun and its easy to get attached to the story. I found it a fairly easy read. The series overall is very fun. Not too heavy or dense.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this!! Amazing book and amazing series!!!!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Amazing plot, amazing writing, amazing characters!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this. I bought this just yesterday and it is amazing. I can't stop reading it.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Series! I finished the first 3 books in 2 days because I couldn't put it down. It was absolutely amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story I really enjoyed this book, it's fast-paced and fun.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting Read! This book is full of action! It mixes a beautifully crafted plot with fantasy and magic. 10/10 would recommend and read again!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable A very enjoyable read, I don't like the series as much as Sarah J Maas's Court of Thorns and Roses series but still very good. Would happily reread and will continue to recommend
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from so so You can tell that this was her first novel, the writing is sub par. But the plot and writing show a lot of promise.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new favourite fantasy series! I loved this book so much! It's up there with the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, although both are set in different worlds
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PHENOMENAL Going into the book I thought it was going to be one of those books that was over-hyped and that I wouldn't like it but I was proven wrong. Throne of Glass deserves all the attention it gets and so much more. The plot and characters were amazing and I fell in love with it all
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAV AUTHOR! This is one of the best books I've ever read!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautifully Crafted Fantasy! I have to admit this. I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up. I must say that I'm glad I did because this is easily one of my favourite books of all time. Well written characters, an interesting plot, and magnificent world-building. Maas has delivered an action packed novel that will not disappoint!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite new series! I love this series so much! It has everything I like and more. Definitely a new favourite for me! I would like to have these books on my shelf, when will this hardcover be back in stock? (I would preferably like my books to match as I have the others of this series in this style of hardcover).
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome That's all I can say these books are just incredible. You have to read them yourself to understand me when I say they are just amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Such a great female lead--super strong, totally flawed--but owns her flaws. Great start to an intense series, this is a great read!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read!! If you want to delve into the fantasy genre, this series is a great place to start!!! One of my favourite series~
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book in the series! I read this when it first came out, and it is still by far my fav book in the series :D
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it i first picked up this book because of the hype surrounding it; i had only heard really good things about it, so i figured why not try it out. i was not disappointed. i got sucked into this story right away, and was so immersed into this world and the story. Celaena is such a badass female character and i just loved seeing all that she could do. this book really deserves all the praise around it, and is one of the better fantasy books i have read in a long time.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series EVER!! Amazing start to a series that fast became my favorite!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! This is my favourite book I have ever read. It has such a good mix of romance and adventure... it makes it unforgettable. If you like books set in medieval ages this book is for you! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book For Everyone I loved this. Strong female read, fantastic characters, fabulous back story, such a great book!!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thone of Glass Very good start but then the ending and all ofthe second book as supper slow and had not interesting factirs, I dont recomend reading this book,
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing I love Celaena as a protag. She's fierce and strong but feels a bit more special than the usual YA protagonist. This book has all of the elements I like in YA series but twists them a little bit so it's not exactly like every other book you've read.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for a little while it seemed everyone was reading it. When i bought it i was pretty excited but ended up being a little disapointed. The heroine is really cool but the story was pretty predictable.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING This book series is amazing! i am at a lose of words to describe my love for this series. So amazing i tell everyone i know to read them
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great characters and Great book I had actually finished reading this book March 14th, but have been really busy lately. I do not like to post blogs unless I get time to put some thought into what I am writing and what I have read. I am sure all of you appreciate that idea, I mean no one wants to read something that is a waste of time right? So here it is, my along waited review on "Throne of Glass." I have been anxious to read this series since I first laid eyes on it in the book store. The first thing that drew me to this book was the cover. I am sure if you have read my other book reviews, you will notice this is a major part of my decision making (not the only part) when choosing a book to read. The cover art is amazing on this book. Of course, I am aware of the alternate cover. However the picture I posted with this review is the cover that I seen and peaked my interest. However there is another cover to this series that later on I had found and definitely fell in love with. Needless to say, I bought it right away to add to my collection. Yes I own the whole series in both covers. Continuing on with my review of this grand book that Sarah so graciously blessed us with. The story line is about a female assassin who was captured and imprisioned in a harsh camp, until one day she was released on the basis of competing in a tournament (is that really the word I would use for this). I just don't want to release any major spoilers for this book, because if you have not read this book, I definitely think you should. But be fair warned this is not a light read (at least it was not for me) so take your time and absorb the story. I really found that I did. I really started to feel as if I was getting to know the character personally. She was a great strong female role, and very quirky. A little on the rough side, but with her back story, I started to realize the reason why. Of course there is magical properties that show up in the story. And what book would not be complete without the love story part. I did however find that the last part of the book moved really fast. A wonderful build up throughout the book, but then BAM here is the action and then it's over. But don't let what I have said there stop you from picking this book up. I enjoyed this read immensely and would definately recommend giving it a read.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Its amazing, I couldn't put it down until I finished the entire thing! I wanted to get my hands on the second book as soon as possible!!
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was in a book hangover after reading the Mortal Instruments, and this was the perfect fix! Celaena is such a fierce and strong character, and it's almost impossible not to fall in love with this book (or ship her with a few certain characters - no spoilers!) The plot is spot on and mixes a few different genres together, so it becomes even more interesting.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong Female Lead I flew through this book. I loved the writing and the strong female lead
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great series Easy read, I love powerful female characters.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Debut! I absolutely love this series. I would recommend it to teenagers and adults! Highly recommended! :)
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Throne of Glass is a brilliant start to one of my favourite fantasy series ever. This series reminds me why I love fantasy so much. The characters, the world, the's hands down one of my favouite series of all time!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good! I love Celaena's character, book wasn't spectacular but I've heard that the next books in the series are much better. I can't wait to read them!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overhyped Poorly written, overhyped badass characters that aren't that kick ass, a dumb love triangle, instalove for no other reason than that both of the characters were good looking. Although I wasn't very fond of this book, I still read the second one and am happy that I did. This book was intense and enjoyable, however Cealena was an annoying main character who tried too hard to convince the readers she was bad ass, when she doesn't even kill anyone. This book was too hyped for me to thoroughly enjoy it. If I didnt read book two, I wouldnt recommend this to anyone, but I have so I do.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Start to a Series!!! This book is such a thrilling read, filled with romance, suspense, and a badass female protagonist. I just love the characters in the story, especially Celaena. This book/series definitely deserves the hype and not to be missed by fantasy lovers out there. Highly recommend it!!!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love it! Love it! This was AWESOME!!! What a fantastically built world, amazing characters, cool story, wicked magic, and explosive ending! I couldn't get enough! The story hooks you right from the beginning, and it's impossible not to fall in love with Celaena Sardothien's fiery spirit and strength. I loved her attitude, especially when it came to Crown Prince Dorian and Captain of the Guard, Chaol Westfall. As you can guess, there's a bit of a love triangle, but it's not contrived and to be honest, the romance isn't even a huge part of the story. It's all about the trials Celaena must endure to earn her chance at freedom. And they're pretty intense challenges against formidable opponents who make the huge mistake of underestimating her. As the story progressed there was a larger fantasy element, the seeds of what will become a truly epic story. Lots of questions were left unanswered, and I'm eager to devour the next book. The characters are all wonderful, not just Celaena but her friends Dorian, Chaol, and Nehemia (LOVE this feisty princess!). There's just so much here, I can't even begin to describe it, so much of Celaena left to be discovered, so many more adventures to be had, and after that stellar final battle, I can only imagine how intense things will get soon. Definitely deserves the hype and is not to be missed by any fantasy reader! Love it! Love it! Love it!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series, decent start After reading the first few chapters of this book I wasn't entirely impressed, mostly due to Celaena's narration, which I thought was a bit much. However, as I delved deeper into the story, I became fascinated with the intricate layers of the plot. Also, by the second half of the book Celaena becomes a much better narrator (the beginning is really off but otherwise I like her). The most important thing is that even if you found this book to be just ok READ CROWN OF MIDNIGHT! The sequel is arguably the best out of the five books out so far (the most recent Empire of Storms is also amazing). In a fantasy series the first book is often of lesser quality, since the authors focus too much on the world building, don't let that stop you from continuing this great series!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good start to the series very enjoyable read with some badass characters, although Celaena can be quite annoying at times.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from badass character looooove the characters, its so easy to fall in love with them. i was hooked on this book, and finished it in a couple of days. fantastic world builing really. BEAUTIFUL BOOK.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it At first reading this book might be slow, but it is just building the plot and story up. After getting past chapter 3 you will not regret staying with this book and the series! It lets you use your imagination and always keeps a secret. :)
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Would recommend This is one of the best books to start off a series with.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Poorly written but still enjoyed it immensely! I found Throne of Glass to be a fast-paced and compelling read that captured my attention and allowed me to overlook some seriously poor writing and a very self-absorbed narcissistic main character. Caleana is supposed the be the "world's greatest assassin", so why is her character more concerned with her appearance and love-triangle than she is at defeating her competitors and winning her freedom???? Caleana acted more like a whiny entitled teenage girl than a deadly assassin. Giving this book a higher rating than it deserved as the overall plot kept me thouroughly engrossed and the sequels just get better and better!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EXCELLENT START TO A SERIES I bought this after every booktuber, I've watched have such high praise for this series. I've jumped on the band wagon kind of late as the fifth book has just come out! If you love fantasy and YA books! Check this out!
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm hooked! The concept of this series drew me in from the start, but WOW did Sarah ever keep me coming back! I'd definitely recommend this book to any Hunger Games or Divergent fans out there. This is the next thing! Celaena is one of the most powerful characters I've ever encountered and I've never rooted for anyone more in my life! What can I say? Amazing. Talented. Female. Assassin. Does it get any better?
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read Beautiful story and it keeps you captivated throughout the series!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AMAZING! EVERYONE AND THIER MOTHERS TOLD ME TO READ THIS...and I am so mad at myself for not reading this is like I have missed out on life...
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word: EPIC Hands down. This book was amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite book on my bookshelve wooowwwwww, the characters in this book are so well described ,they feel very much real and i cried my life out i dont know how many times now. Celeana is definitely someone i would love to have as a friend,she is hilarious,sarcastic and damn sassy.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic I got this book after referee by my niece. I'm so glad she reccommended it to me. I LOVED it! The only way to describe it is epic! The characters draw you in. The story leaves you in suspense. Buy the whole series cause you are not gonna be happy having to wait to buy the 2nd book. #plumreviews
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I READ THIS IN 4 DAYS AND LOVED IT
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes!! Just finished this and can't wait to read the rest of the series!! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!! I bought this book not to long ago and read in 4 days. So happy I bought this book.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put It Down! A fantastic series! With every page I read I want to know more, more about the character's and more about the world. It is a book and a series that easily consumes you. Celaena is unlike any female character I have ever read before, she immediately draws you in and takes you along on such an amazing and magical journey full of adventure and mystery. It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a series like this one, it's rekindled my desire to read again.
Date published: 2016-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I got this book about 2 weeks ago and read it within 1 day, it was so good. I went out and bought the rest of the series and they just keep getting better. Its worth the buy
Date published: 2016-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love I loved every second of it
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Celaena is probably one of my favourite female fictional characters I’ve ever read about. This series has so much potential, and I can't wait to read the other books.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! My friend lent me this book last year and it was really good. It's a prefect way to set up the complex series that comes after it, all while engaging the reader. Celaena is a very interesting protagonist, revealing traits of her character throughout the entire novel, but stil leaving us with a slight sens of mystery as if she was more than just an assassin. This book is very good, well written, and perfectly complex for its universe. I really enjoyed it!
Date published: 2016-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! The start of my favourite series!
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW It was amazing! i couldn't put the book down
Date published: 2016-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It may take some getting used to for some people. I will admit that at the start of the book, I was unsure how much I was going to like the lead character, as for the first quarter of the book, she doesn't seem like the most likable protagonist. But by the end of it, I did care enough about her that I did wind up really enjoying it, maybe not as much as the fans make it out to be, but still a fun ride nonetheless.
Date published: 2016-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Patience I bought this book 2 months ago because there was so much hype around this series. To be completely honest it was just okay. It took me a month to read it. Usually I could read a book in 2-5 days. Some parts of the book were long and felt a little boring. Its okay though because when I picked up the second book it was phenomenal! There was a whole lot of character development, a better plot and a great twist:) I gave it a solid 5 out of 5 stars! Basically you have to be patient with the first book because it just gets better and better as the series goes on!
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not for me It's a funny thing when you hear nothing but praise and rave reviews for a book -- the expectations when you read it are so high. I'd heard so much about Throne of Glass, that it was one of the best series ever. I did enjoy the book, but I didn't love it. It feels awkward to be in the minority this way, but there you go. Maas' writing is lovely. She has a way with words and descriptions. The world that she created was vivid and easy to understand. I wanted to love Celaena, but I didn't. She is an 18 year old assassin, the best one around, she's lived as a slave in the salt mines for the last year and has managed to survive when most die within months. She has all of this grit and toughness, but we don't really see it much in the book. Mostly, the characters refer back to it. Granted, she is in a competition during the course of the book against 12 others to become the King's Champion. She shows toughness and skill there, but we don't really see that part of her that everyone talks about. Instead she seems way more concerned with pretty dresses and attending parties. It's a bit Cinderella-like. Then there is the love triangle -- Celaena is attracted both to the prince and the captain of the guard. This seemed a bit forced to me. I did enjoy the friendship between Celaeana and the visiting princess and the involvement of the magical elements in the story. And I did want to read and find out how the story ended, but I don't think this is the series for me.
Date published: 2016-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I didn't know what to expect when I started this boom, but it blew me out of the water. I've already lent it to a friend and they love it too.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth The Hype It's not that Throne of Glass was awful, it was alright. To me it just came off as unoriginal and a little shallow. The author used a lot of tell with no show. The main character is supposed to be this kick-ass assassin, the best assassin in the whole-world basically but when it comes down to it she was pretty much a wimp. We saw next to none of this bad-assery. Instead, what we saw was a lot of high school level flirting, bitchiness, and worrying over whether both of the super-hot-manly-men escorting the MC to and fro were properly obsessed with her (they are. of course they are in a completely unsurprising turn of events. God forbid the protagonist not be the most beautifully sculptured piece of art brought to life the universe has ever seen). This book was much more of a watered down Disney version of the intense hardened warrior I was hoping for and expecting. ...Also I can sense a love triangle brewing and if there is one thing that I can't stand it's the love triangle. WHY PEOPLE, WHY THE LOVE TRIANGLE. IT'S A DISEASE. Despite all this I will be picking up the second book. There has to be a reason everyone is raving about this series. Plot: 2/5 Characters: 2.5/5 Writing:2/5 Pacing:4/5
Date published: 2015-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic read! This is my first high fantasy novel, and may I just say, it was absolutely amazing! I sped through this. The protagonist is beautifully developed. I also think that this unusual magical touch makes the world feel so real. Recommended to all- I came to this series from a light sci-fi and contemporary marathon!
Date published: 2015-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Throne of Glass This book was off the charts! Amazing. Action packed, romantic and suspenseful. The perfect read!!!!
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Epic Fantasy You'll Love I can't believe I didn't get on this bandwagon sooner! I absolutely loved reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and I'm already on the third book of the series! Although there are a couple things that irked me (you can read more about that on my blog ) there was plenty I loved! Sarah J. Mass has created a world that feels completely real. The story and characters she’s placed in this world entice my imagination and keep me reading day after day after day after day… well, you get the picture. Celaena, our protagonist, is a smart-mouthed, tough, badass female who I’d love to be friends with. She’s incredibly real-life and despite how little Maas lets us know about Celaena I root for her on every page. In any series there is risk of developing characters too soon, especially in a character driven story. Three books in, and we still get new details about Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian (and more). Throne of Glass inspired me to hone the characters in my own novel. It got me writing again. Now that’s what I call good fiction.
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from delightful This book is amazing and easily became one of my favourite books of all time! Celaena Sardothien is an awesome female protagonist. I love how she can fight and she is Adarlan's Assassin, but she also has this girly side where she dresses up in pretty gowns.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing I didn’t have a lot of expectations when I started reading this book and even though I had heard a lot of great stuff about it, I tried not to get affected by that. I also had no idea what the book was about when I began, except that the main character was an assassin. Towards the end of the book, I was really happy that I had not read the synopsis or any reviews of the book since that made it more exciting in a way. Overall, I think this book is really good and it’s definitely worth reading. I can also see why it’s such a popular series. However, I did find it to be a bit slow at times. There wasn’t really a lot of things going on and most pages seemed to me nothing but beautiful descriptions of everything from falling leaves to starlit skies. But Sarah J. Maas’ beautiful writing is also what makes it all worth it, and even if I felt like I wanted more twists and turns and action, her writing made me keep reading all the way to the end. It wasn’t one of those books I struggled to put down and I never felt like I just had to keep reading because I was so eager to know what was going to happen, which is a bit disappointing. I haven’t read one of those books in a very long time and I wanted this to be like that. This was a book I enjoyed reading because of the writing style and the way Sarah J. Maas can make magic with her words. The main character Celeana is fun and strong and I like her. Still, I think she sometimes is a bit too weak and whiny though. I get why a young woman would be like that, but the most famous assassin? Not so much. So, this is a book I can highly recommend for anyone to read. It’s masterfully written, had an interesting plot and great characters.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Throne of Glass The book was very good. Lots of plot twists, and unexpected turns. The book definitly kept me guessing.
Date published: 2015-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from better then I thought I had picked this book up off of my friend shelf before we left for a road trip. It did take me a while to get through the first half of the book. There was still some action and enough to keep you entertained. Towards the end of the book it really picked up and you have that need to know more and what was going to happen next,
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great new series :) I'll be honest: I was a bit surprised by how LONG this book was, but having finished it via happy reading marathon, I can't say that I'm complaining (well, too much, anyway). Maas is very clearly writing a fantasy epic at a YA reading level, and I'm into it. I'm also (obvs) into such a kick-ass main character, all the hints of magic, and (can't help it) the love triangle to come. Looking forward to the second book :)
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay Considering how much hype I had heard about this novel and been told "Oh Jamie you will love this, it is right up your alley" it was not that great. It had a great build up and the first 10% of the novel was really interesting, but it got too bogged down in politics. I think the testing needed to move along faster than it actually did to be able to keep my attention. There was too much in this first novel about what the rest would entail that it made this first novel really dense with information about a back story that the reader had yet to come across or even care about. The world building was horrible, in my opinion. Probably because there was a lack of it. If you are going to tell me a race has been completely abolished from the world, tell me why and how the bring them back permanently. This novel made it obvious that while the characters and King and everyone in the world thought the fae were completely extinct, they are not. The use of magic in this novel was different. But teetering on bad different. The rituals were strange and the idea behind a set of symbols that only certain characters with certain historical background would know irks me for some reason. That's probably nit-picky but if I am going to read a fantasy novel, I want it to make sense. I can already sense an unnecessary love triangle and I am not pleased by it. I would be more okay with it if it didn't seem like Celaena was choosing between a life of fun and danger and one of settling. I don't see why authors think it is appealing to "choose" between the fun guy that you would sneak around with and the boring one that you would bring home to mom. Why can't they both have these aspects to them? Or better yet, just have one guy who embodies both and don't make the heroine into some love sick puppy. Overall: 3/5 stars. I will be continuing the series because I have heard such good things about it, but so far I'm underwhelmed. Also I have to decide if I want to stick with ebooks or buy paperbacks/hardcovers so I have been dragging my feet because I don't have the next one yet.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from when will they be back in stock? I have books 2 and 3 with this degine in hardcover but i dont have the first book. i want to know when the hardcover of throne of glass with this desinge will bae back ing stock.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down! I was looking for a new series when i found Throne of Glass. It looked like something i would read so i bought. Since then I haven't been able to stop reading it! Celaena is an amazing character who takes you on an incredible adventure and makes you feel 100 different feelings at once. The story line is awesome and action packed. I can't wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indigo Staff Pick This book is so good! I first heard of throne of glass from my cousin who was a fan of the series from its origins on fiction-press, she was completely obsessed with the series and highly recommended it to me. I finally found the time to check it out, but sadly lost track and never completed it. I am so glad I picked it up again in its published form because this is one of the BEST fantasy series I have EVER read! The main character Calaena is basically the best assassin in all the land who is totally a badass! Calaena is such an amazing character, with a lot of depth and an intriguing and dark past, that we get glimpses of throughout the series. There is so much going on in these books! The fighting, the deceit, the romance! it's all very high stakes stuff it's basically impossible to put down.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing book Love it!! well written, great action and makes you want to keep reading it. It's an amazing book
Date published: 2015-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Assasin And The Underworld, A Throne Of Glass Love, love, love this book, I enjoyed it so much I have purchased the whole series. I have already read 2 of the books and they are great as well. I would recommend this author to anyone, I love her writing style.
Date published: 2015-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just.... Breath taking How can I describe a book that has no words worthy to describe it with? I will never forget this series, never. I almost break down in a flurry of sobs, smiles, and panic every single time someone so much as mentions the book. I recommend it to absolute everyone!!!
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolutely amazing Throne of Glass has to be hands down my favourite series that I'm currently reading. Celaena is not a damsel in distress which I love. This girl can handle her own but also has a bit of a soft side as well. If you love adventure, fantasy and a touch of romance, I say read this series.
Date published: 2015-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best I love this book but honestly this book isn't even the best in the series so far. It still doesn't take away from how cool and thrilling this book is.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read! Strong female, lots of plot twists. Story line keeps you turning the page to see what happens next. Love the misery and gore she comes from.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Throne of Glass I really enjoyed this book, I recommend that you read The Assassin's Blade first in order to understand the character Caelena better. Looking forward to the next book.
Date published: 2015-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is absolutely amazing. It's about an assassin named Caelena who is given a chance to win her freedom. Caelena is my absolute favourite character. She's so well-rounded and so are all the other characters of this book. If you're looking for a book to read, this is definitely the one you should pick up. 5/5 stars hands down. It's going to be a six book series.
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting This book was amazing the way the authour expained all that was happing and how she always let the readers hear her pain and feel the feelings that she was feeling. She made it you didnt want to put
Date published: 2015-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Throne of Glass It was pretty good the writing was a little shabby and there was hardly any detail but the plot was interesting and unique. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to your readers 10-13.
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What's More to Sum Up? A storyline filled with suspense and desperation to break free. A book that kept me wanting more, from the moment I started reading the very first page
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very nice Romance and Killing I would say this is more of a 3 and 1-2 stars. Almost a 4.The thing I enjoyed the most about this book was not the good fight scenes, or magic or slow building mystery, or kickass female lead character...but the budding triangle. And I hate that sort of thing. Why I enjoy it this time is that I felt the strongest point of the book was the characters and their development. None were flat or too predictable. They had distinct personalities and all pretty likable. And importantly....their actions and reactions make sense and don't feel forced. I enjoyed all of their interactions. So I find myself rooting for all of them. All of their interactions were interesting and never boring. I look forward to future books and how they develop as well as discovering more about Celaena and her history and importance in the fight for the future of the kingdom coming.The next Major point for me was Celaena herself. I like that she was this trained killer, and very hard due to her life experiences, but she also had this vulnerability about her that made her relatable. Sometimes in the quest to create this tough, badass female character...the character is made too hard. Like steel...and kind of become removed from the reader. I like that she still had this part of her that like pretty dresses and a good looking face, and who was damaged and made mistakes, and sometimes wanted to run and hide and quit…she wasn’t not perfect...they all made for an interestin
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Loved all of the mini novels that lead to the throne of glass series I can't wait to read them all. Uhdhr
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I am so happy to have read this book after so long, because this book was out of this world amazing!! This incredible fantasy was one that will leave you craving more after finishing it. Sarah J. Maas has created a masterpiece. Throne of Glass was unputdownable from the very first page. I loved the world Maas created because it is unique and creative. This book has become one of my favorites and its perfect for Game of Throne fans! Its also told from 3 point of views of Celaena, Chaol (love him) and Dorian. Celaena is one kick-ass assassin that has survived slavery for a year. She is strong-willed and super clever. She may be a killer but she is easy to connect with as a character. Celaena back story is also a mystery and despite all the hardships she goes through she is the best assassin there is in this world. If I had to choose a kick-ass character Celaena is definitely one because her love life is all over the place. I fell in love with both of these male leads and reading some of their point of views was the best thing ever! I could feel what they felt since it was emotional during some parts and gah!! I can just gush about these two forever!! There is a love triangle but its one of the best I have read because you can fall in love with either of them. Its not overbearing on the story line. Chaol Westfall (Captain Westfall) is one hot guard who has an interesting background coming from a different kingdom, while Dorian is the prince who brought Celaena to the kingdom for a position of being the King's assassin. But there is some dark things happening in the glass castle, of ancient evil. The competition was less than moral and has a bit of gore but it is to become the King's champion. There was tons of action and Celaena is the perfect heroine. So much mystery behind this castle as well as trying to uncover the past. You will be hooked and having read this quickly I did lose track of time since it was so amazing. I am looking forward to the sequel!! (I already read it) Overall this is a must read and I am looking forward to the novellas to still read! Throne of Glass was beyond addicting and full of action! Pick up this book immediately!!
Date published: 2014-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Became one of my favourite reads of 2012 Celaena is one heroine to look out for! Watch out Katniss Everdeen! Here’s a young woman who has trained under the King of the Assassins, who strikes fear in people’s hearts, the most notorious assassin that Adarlan has ever seen. By receiving a pardon from her murderous crimes, the controlling King has asked her to participate in a competition to win her freedom. The Captain of the Guard keeps her in line, while the young handsome Prince Dorian teases her mercilessly, Celaena isn’t just battling for her freedom, she’s battling for her life. When all of a sudden, her competitors are showing up dead in such a gruesome and horrible way, she investigates to find the killer. She isn’t your average heroine, already led a very sinister life. Yet, she has the strength and fire to bring a tyrant down. Her many thoughts of taking a man down and ending his life is quite appalling, but I can just tell she has some anger issues that needs to be simmered down. Her playful banter with Prince Dorian is amusing and her arguments with The Captain are aggressive in a way that’s almost protective. Can I say I love how she eats so much? Her appetite rivals any man! I’m guessing she wolfs down so much food due to her excessive exercise regimen. By the way did I mention she’s also an assassin? Yup, the eighteen year old young lady is the world’s most notorious assassin. Speaking of “assassin” this was the only smudge of annoyance in the entire book..the amount of the words, “the assassin.” I would have loved it even so, but I just got annoyed every time it appeared. We know she’s an assassin, we don’t have to be reminded every ten or so pages. Sometimes a book has an amount of buzz that makes people sit up and take notice. That one book that lived up to all its hype has to be Throne of Glass! Why you may ask? Because quite simply put, it’s epic. Here is a book that brings you mystery, adventure, romance, and action all wound up in a pretty package. One of my ultimate favourite reads of 2012 by far.
Date published: 2014-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I read the summary and knew this was the right book for me. Once I downloaded it I read it nonstop and finished in less than 5 hours. It's a great book for people who like books about girls dominating and older setting from medieval times. This book has some very descriptive parts and it draws my into the book like I'm actually there. I loved it
Date published: 2014-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Throne of glass Great start for what I hope to be a fantastic series
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Throne of Glass I love the main character and how she was shown in this book! If you like books with action, then this is the one for you!
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Everything is not what it seems!
Date published: 2014-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Becky Wow is all I can say. I love Choal!
Date published: 2014-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jam It was better then I expected! I will definitely be reading it again and again; also I cant wait to purchas and read the prequels and the second book.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally amazing. I went into this thinking it would be like The Demonologist, very very slow to start. I was so happy that its not and I enjoyed bit to the last page. I can't wait to read the next one.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from While this book is not my favourite... … it was still really good and I think when I read the second, I might very well retract those words While some of the writing was a little predictable, that didn't stop me from powering through it. I love books with strong, heroines. I especially love female assassins. And love triangles. This book was a great read, especially because I didn't read very consistently in the latter half of 2013 and I really wanted to get some reading done this year. The plot was great. I loved most of the characters. It was kind of a long book (404 pages) but it was a fast and enjoyable read. I'm looking forward to buying the sequel. One more thing: I fell in love with the Captain of the Guard. I found his character to be very unique, and not like anyone I've read before. He's the Captain (obviously) but if we weren't told of his profession and we didn't see him training, he could easily be assumed as a kitchen boy or page. I guess I can say that he's very unassuming. He's shy around Celaena. He gets flustered so easily when he notices her short nightgowns, or he blushes when she mockingly flirts with him. But he had so much faith. More than I would expect. Overall, I think Chaol alone is able to bump this book from a 3.5 to a 4.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I accidentally started reading the first full lenght book in this series first so I went back to read the novellas. This is the second novella and my favorite so far. All the books can stand alone and are all excellent reads. Action, adventure and something that I can read with my kids.
Date published: 2013-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story line!!!!! Brought it as the title and picture looked cool, I finished it within two days after i got it and wow, i love it all. The characters Sarah wrote and imaged were super great and i would recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this author - I read all her books in a week and a half! I haven't enjoy a series like this in a long time and I can't wait for her next book(s) to come out.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! I love this author - I read all her books in a week and a half! I haven't enjoy a series like this in a long time and I can't wait for her next book(s) to come out.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GIVE ME MORE! This is one of the best books I have ever read. I just couldn't put it down! I read A LOT! and am very picky about I deem a worthy book and author. Maas manages to give you just enough about each character to keep you guessing the whole way through. Many authors reveal too much and then have to rely solely on their action sequences to keep the reader entertained. I fell in love with Celaena right away and am looking forward to learning more about her. Maas gave the protagonists enough of a back story to show their vulnerable side, and enough hardship to show their strengths. I love it when the hero is someone with somewhat questionable morals and you are forced to see how they ended up there to appreciate the position they have been put! I start the second book today and can't wait!
Date published: 2013-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing but still entertaining I decided to read this book because of the recent hype surrounding Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) and other reviews for Throne of Glass. The library had a copy, so I picked it up, extremely excited for a leading lady as a kickass assassin. Unfortunately, this book didn’t break the stereotypical YA mold for me for three reasons: 1) It contained an unecessary love triangle, 2) It advertised lots of action, but those few scenes were severely lacking in depth and description, and 3) Our leading lady, who starts out as a ruthless, cunning, and beautiful warrior is reduced to an often blundering, not very observant, and dress-obsessed girl, like so many before her. I don’t want to make it seem like I hate this book! I actually enjoyed reading it, but I had quite a few problems with it as well, some of them probably stemming from some unrealistic expectations on my part (I’ve grown accustomed to expecting lots of action scenes when the book synopsis screams lots of action scenes), but others resulting in my sheer frustration with our main character, who seemed a little bipolar and at times totally clueless. What I did really like was the worldbuilding and Celaena’s flashbacks scenes. I loved slowly getting information about Adarlan and its conquest of the other nations around it. The subtle hints to magic and magical creatures was fascinating, and I loved how it tied in with Celaena’s background. Her upbringing as an assassin when alluded to was really interesting and lent a lot of needed depth to her character, especially during the second half of the book. Her experiences in the salt mines of Endovier clearly hardened her, and I enjoyed her cynical and sarcastic personality during the first part of the book. However, her character goes downhill for me after she rejoins court life in order to compete to become the king’s champion (hired assassin). She devotes her social life to annoying the captain of the guard, Chaol, gossiping with a neighbouring land’s princess, and reading books that the prince recommends to her (in addition to commenting on his good looks). She also obtusely ignores a very very clear “I’m the ritual killer!” hint in favour of suspecting someone who is only slightly suspicious. I literally sat there for five minutes, thinking to myself, What just happened? Why is she even suspecting this person when it is clearly the other? Similarly, the whole reason behind the killings seemed so unncessarily convoluted that I was let down by the ending. All-in-all I was very disappointed with Celaena’s approach and thoughts about the mystery surrounding the killer. She was supposed to be this cunning assassin, but she just acted like a court lady the whole time. I also wished that the author had spent as much time devoted to developing her action scenes as she was describing the dresses Celaena wore. I wanted assassin action; she was a in a contest among other mercenaries, thiefs, and assassins, so I wanted more of that as well. There were probably two scenes devoted to actual contest action, and then one at the finale. Very disappointing for an action lover. Finally, that love triangle. I liked the part where it ended. Overall, this book is pretty entertaining, has an interesting main character (for the first half at least), and great worldbuilding. I’ll be reading the next book because I’m intrigued about Celaena’s background (before she became an assassin) and the magic of Terrasen, but I’m not looking forward to any remnant of that love triangle or under-developed action scenes.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOOOOO GOOOOD!!! I LOVED this book. Best I've read in a while. It was way better than the hunger games, all of cassandra claire's books, and even divergent; all of those popular books with female protagonists (In my opinion). I can't wait until midnight crown comes out. SOOO EXCITED!!!
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best! This book surprised me. It was wonderful, gives positive feelings towards women being strong, and the romance and action is wonderful, this has gone in my top 5. Highly recommended. as the cover says, feels like Game of Thrones and Hunger Games mixed into one epic book! 5/5
Date published: 2013-07-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story. I enjoyed this second installment in Calaena's story.
Date published: 2013-01-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good story. I enjoyed this second installment in Calaena's story.
Date published: 2013-01-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good story. I enjoyed this second installment in Calaena's story.
Date published: 2013-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good story. I enjoyed this second installment in Calaena's story.
Date published: 2013-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kick Butt Book Loving Heroine, what's not to like The Good Stuff Intriguing, well developed kick a** heroine. An assassin with a bit of a softness to her, you gotta like that (Reminds me a wee bit of Gin from Jennifer Estep's Elemental Assassins series) Fast paced, had a hard time putting it down when real life needed me -- but I did cause that is the way I roll -- but it was really tempting just to keep reading Lots of little hints about Celaena's back story kept me intrigued and guessing Even though there are hints of a love triangle its not all irritating or overly angsty (Though I am definitely cheering for Chaol) Love that she is an avid reader - a kick a** book loving heroine -- that is so awesome! And a book burning evil king to hate - hello you hooked me in Ms Maas Great mystery weaved with Magic - gives the storyline an original edge in what could have been a predictable story Excellent uses of humour - love some of the snark and swagger that came out of the characters The Not So Good Stuff Jumps around a little and uneven at times Cover doesn't do Celaena justice - have seen another cover which gives me a much more realistic image of her Favorite Quotes/Passages "Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries were full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons." "Though it was the oldest and most shameless trick in the book, he reached over her and put his hand on top of the one that gripped the cue. He then positioned the fingers of her other hand on the wood before lightly gripping her wrist. To Dorian's dismay, his face became warm." His eyes shifted to her, and to his relief, he found that she was as red as he, if not more so. "If you don't stop feeling and start instructing, I'm going to rip out your eyes and replace them with these billiard balls." "There was good in people - deep down, there was always a shred of good. There had to be." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Both teens and adults will get something out of it Definitely will appeal more to women than men 4/5 Dewey's I received this from Razorbill/Penguin in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2012-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Female Assassin = Awesome! Can't wait for the sequels Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was originally published in August 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. Celaena Sardothien has spent the last year serving out her part of her life sentence in the hard labor salt mines of Endovier, but everything changes when one day the Captain of the Royal Guard, Chaol shows up and brings her to speak to the Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard. The Prince has chosen her to be his challenger in a new competition being put on by the King. There will be 24 competitors who will compete in physical challenges. The final person standing will become the royal assassin. They will serve out a six year term and then given their freedom. Soon she finds herself in the royal kingdom Adarlan training to battle against thieves and other assassins for her freedom. The Prince keeps her true identity under wraps because people of the kingdom aren’t aware that the famous assassin was a young girl. He wants the men in the competition to underestimate her so they plan on doing just enough to get to the end. She is bored with court life, but finds excitement in the books of the library, a friendship with a princess and attention from both Chaol and Dorian. When suddenly contestants start turning up murdered she needs to find out who or what is killing them and avoid following in their footsteps. The young assassin’s investigation allows her to discover a greater destiny than what she could ever have imagined. This book had me at two words: Female assassin. As soon as I heard that was what it was about I was sold, and I knew I had to read it. I was even more excited to read it after reading the summary. A kickass young assassin going up against these strong men to win her freedom sounded very reminiscent of the hunger games. Well I enjoyed the book but it’s not exactly what I thought it was going to be. There are glass castles, masquerade balls, thieves, assassins, dashing princes, amazing gowns, princesses, corrupt officials and some supernatural thrown in. The plot was definitely unpredictable to the very end which should make for an exciting sequel. Maas does an excellent job describing Adarlan and the characters. This great imagery meant I could picture things happening very easily, but I do wish that there was more focus on the challenges for the competition. I could have done with a sacrificing little of the description of the setting for more action. As all first books in a series it’s setting us up for the future, so I expect better things in the sequel. Celaena is an interesting character, and people seem to either love or hate her. I think she is great; albeit a little vain. She is very sure of her abilities and I applaud her confidence, but borders cockiness which can be annoying. Celaena may be the most feared assassin in the land, but at the same time she gets excited about gowns and books. She may have a bad job but she’s not a bad person she has lots of layers and I can’t wait to see what will happen with Celaena in the next books. I also want to learn more about her past like who is Sam? I also want to know more about her parents and the mentor who trained her to be an assassin. I liked both of the main guys: The Prince is charming, flirty and a nice guy. He seems like he would be a fair king unlike his father. No matter how great Dorian is I was more drawn to Chaol. He has a hard and cold exterior but seems to have a very big heart. He truly seemed to care about Celaena and Dorian. I want to know why he would leave a position of privilege to become a guard. The book was originally called Queen of Glass and started out online with a very large following before Maas was given a book deal. I Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)wasn’t aware that the story was loosely based on Disney’s Cinderella until after I had read the book and did some research. Sarah J. Maas has cited the Disney movie adaptation of Cinderella as an in inspiration. She felt that the music during the scene where Cinderella flees the Castle at midnight to be too dark and intense for the scene. She thought about it and felt it was more fitting if it was an assassin fleeing the castle. I love how this turned into Celaena’s story. Let’s take a second to talk about the covers of the books. The North American hardcover edition is gorgeous. We see a Celaena wearing her daggers on her arms, and the glass castle is behind her. Beautiful but deadly which is exactly what describes our main character. I also really like the UK cover. We see this kickass girl with long flowy hair holding deadly swords in each hand. The film rights have already been acquired by Creative Artists Agency. I do hope that a movie will get made in the future, and I will be checking out the sequel when it is released. As of right now there is no information about the rest of the series. Check out my Blog for more reviews:
Date published: 2012-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved the main character! Celaena is an 18-year-old assassin serving out her sentence in the mines, hard labor with no end in sight except for death when Prince Dorian tracks her down and offers her a deal. Become his champion in his father's competition, win the competition and become the King's champion and eventually earn her freedom. It's not something Celaena can pass up. But when she gets to the castle and some of the other champions fall victim to a murderer, she knows she needs to find who's responsible before she becomes the next victim. This book was amazing. Reading some of the other reviews, this was posted to fictionpress a few years ago. It's not a site I've ever been on but if there's more stories like this, I might have to check it out. Celaena impressed me so much as a character. She was strong, well-aware of her surroundings and herself, and smart. I loved that she loved to read and that she knew that she was pretty. This is a girl with a lot of confidence and it's easy to see why both Dorian and Chaol were so drawn to her. The two boys, Prince Dorian and Captain Chaol. Wow. I loved their relationship. It was easy to tell how close they were even with their different status and it was cute how they'd worry about each other. Chaol works too hard and Dorian trusts too easily. It'll be interesting to see how falling for the same girl affects that relationship. The story moves along at the perfect pace. There's never really a scene where there's nothing happening but there's never too much information thrown out either. The minor characters, Princess Nehemia, Celaena's other competitors, the court, the maids, they all had roles to play to add to the story. No one was just there, even if they were only around for less than a chapter. It added so much to the story. I can't wait for the next in the series to be released.
Date published: 2012-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of "Throne of Glass" Fan of this series? Visit the book's fanblog at! Recommended by Sarah J. Maas and Bloomsbury on Twitter and Facebook! Review originally posted in: Sarah J. Maas Overall rating: 5/5 stars! Setting/Plot: 4.5/5 Characters: Celaena Sardothien – 4.2/5 Chaol Westfall – 5/5 Dorian Havilliard – 4.0/5 Nehemia Ytger – 5/5 Other characters, all-together 4.7/5 Plot: The story begins and the readers are immediately thrown into the fantasy world that Sarah J. Maas has beautifully created. The world of “Throne of Glass” is vastly inspired by fairytales and Cinderella, however, this version of Cinderella kicks-ass. There were turn of events which I would have never predicted and caught me by surprise most of the time. Which is a great factor why I rated this story a 5/5! Characters: Celaena Sardothien is your typical bad-ass assassin. I rated Celaena’s character a 4.2/5 because I found sometimes that her character personality sometimes sways from being tough, she becomes this all romance girl, which should an assassin even worry? Also, I often found it refreshing to see an assassin be “vain”—another new aspect that Maas has incorportated in the novel. Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Royal Guard. Oh my, my. This is a man, I tell you. His character from the very beginning rang “Captain” as he stood loyal to his job and the title and how the title weighs as a young man and already a captain. I don’t know about you guys but this fairytale of Throne of Glass is something new for me because I found myself giggling and being all giddy more to Chaol, rather than the typical choice, the Crown Prince—Dorian Havilliard. In no doubt is Dorian Havilliard swoon worthy, however, his character sways too much. I wish to describe this thought better… hm, perhaps, Dorian Havilliard is just like other princes, who refuse the protocol and follow his hearts desire. However, to be completely honest, the wavering part of Celaena’s heart on choosing between the two is completely understandable because even I, the reader, found myself confused as to who I want to be with! Ridiculous but that’s a major factor for authors to achieve with their readers. To have their readers feel the protagonists’ feelings inside and out and to take the roller coaster ride of emotions with them. After reading “Throne of Glass”, I guess for now I could claim that I am deeply in love with Chaol Westfall. He actually made me cry a few times (don’t want to spoil too much!) In General: Throne of Glass is one of my most favorite read of the year. The beautiful plotting, amazing characters, breath-taking setting (glass castle!), and just everything about it is so beautiful! I also love the love-triangle thing because it’s evidently a love triangle but it’s not over-doing it and even so, it’s still so difficult to choose between the two! Throne of Glass is recommended to all those fairytale lovers but you’re searching for a twist and a kick-ass read with a fantastic fantasy world. If you find it difficult to craft the world in your head, be sure to check out Sarah J. Maas’ Pinterest board for Throne of Glass! It really will set the world for you and set your imaginations free! Twitter: @MichelleMags
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A new favourite This was one of those books that everyone was talking about at Book Expo America this year and I knew I had to get myself a copy. If only to see what all the fuss was about. And I'm so glad I did, because not only did I love this novel, it has become one of my favourite reads of 2012 so far. A sure fire way to get me to fall in love with your novel is to have a complicated but kick ass heroine. Celaena fits this bill in every way. She can take care of herself – not only is she the most famous assassin the land, but she also survived Endovier - one of the most ruthless work camps/prisons, which no one ever returns from. But this strength and “talent” do not make her a cold person. She obviously cares about other people, and she struggles with demons of her own. I liked that she wasn't a cut and dry character and I really enjoyed getting to know her. Plus she likes to read! Hooray for bookish heroines that can kick some butt! But an amazing heroine isn't the only thing that won me over to the Throne of Glass fan club. I was also entranced by Sarah J Maas' descriptive writing. Everything she wrote about felt so vivid. She's obviously a skilled writer and makes use of all five senses when depicting a scene to her reader. I often found myself re-reading passages over and over because I was blown away by beauty of the phrasing. If I can write a fantasy novel half this well, I will consider myself a success. Another equally important element of this novel, however, was that Sarah J Maas knew when to stop writing. She knew when enough detail or background was enough. I wasn't overwhelmed by excess characters or annoying subplots. Everything that was in the book should be in the book, with no filler to distract the reader. That being said, I would have really liked to see more of the trials Celaena was put through and to have her interact a bit more with her fellow competitors. I felt like she wasn't given enough time to showcase her skills and abilities. She is an assassin after all. But here's hoping there will be more of that in Book 2, when she isn't so limited by guards and competing for her life. Throne of Glass is an example of everything I love about fantasy novels. Great characters, beautiful settings, intricate plot lines, mysterious magical forces. I wish there were more books like this. Final recommendation: Throne of Glass is a perfect read for fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce. Or just anyone who loves strong female characters. P.s. I'm also head over heels for the Captain of the Guard and his understated, tortured kind of love. *swoon* This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Epic Fantasy! One Not to Miss This is a book I just wanted to sit inside and soak in. It has all the things I look for in a great read; amazing world building, strong character development, swoon worthy love interests and a kick-ass protagonist. Sarah Maas is a talented story teller, the book came alive for me and I did not want this story to end. Celaena is a complex and driven character. A perfect combination of strength and love, though she’s been taught to be a ruthless assassin, she has a softer side and doesn’t loose the girl within. (also a bookworm..-loved that) While reading I kept saying to my husband… why can’t I be more like her? He of course asked why I would want to be a ruthless assassin :) It’s not that I want to become an assassin, (maybe if my library gig doesn’t work out) but I would like to be stronger, (and maybe even a little kick-ass). Celaena knows herself, she accepts her fears and moves to face them. She recognizes fears and strengths in others as well. She’s uses the pain of her past to propel and motivate her to move forward. She has quickly become one of my favourite book characters (ever) and I can not wait to read more of her story. I can not wait to place this book in the hands of every teen and adult I know. Highly Recommended. One to buy so you can re-read over and over again. For more reviews:
Date published: 2012-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Phenomenal Fantasy Debut! Throne of Glass is a magnificent debut novel that will certainly become one of the best fantasy releases of the year! Yes, Sarah J. Mass is THAT good! The captivating storytelling and the gorgeous fantasy world she created will engross readers in a unique, wondrous and unforgettable fantasy adventure! For a year, Celaena's been a slave at the horrible and torturous Endovier prison. One day, the captain of the king's guard and the crowned Prince himself, takes her out of there to make her compete against 22 strong and badass men. But what would she gain from that?... Her freedom! but first (and if she wins) she'll have to become the King's champion and serve him for four years. At a very early point of the book the story takes off and then it never stopped surprising me. It is incredible how engaging my reading experience was while reading Throne of Glass. The plot of this wondrous fantasy novel is absolutely exhilarating. The world and atmosphere is brilliantly well built, and the characters are extremely charismatic. Celaena is one heroine like no other! Besides being kick-ass, smart, and really pretty, her flirting and mischievous personality totally makes her stand out of the pages! She just rocks in every single way. I love her! Then, there is Chaol. He is the captain of the guard and Prince Dorian's best friend. Truth be told, I could say so much about this honorable and noble guy and how wonderful and deliciously crafted this character is, but I doubt very much I can do this guy justice. Believe me, Chaol is one of the best and most captivating, breathtaking, intelligent, intriguing and stunning male characters I have read in a while! And Oh my God! Besides the captain of the guard, there is also Prince Dorian whose charms will melt every reader from the very first moment he shows up. Of course, with these two stunning males there is also a love triangle. However, this love triangle is bound by loyalty and good sentiments among the three characters. In other words, nobody is fighting over someone. Loyalty isn't breached by love and I really adore this powerful aspect of the story. I think this love triangle is very unique compared to the many others we can find in YA today. Having said that, Throne of Glass is a fabulous and exquisite fantasy that will steal every reader's heart! Finally, I don't think I need to mention anything about the competition to become the king's champions, nor anything about the many heart-racing or breathtaking events that occurs while Celaena is at the Glass Castle. I think that readers must pick-up this book as soon as it comes out, and discover by themselves all the wonders that this exceptionally well-written fantasy has to offer! Throne of Glass is definitely one of the best books I have read this year. The plot, the world, the characters, the mythology and the religious aspects are just some of the things that make this book so deliciously rich. The historical and cultural background will fascinate readers and hook them from the very first page until the last. And the charming and authentic characters will certainly imprint their mark in every reader's heart. Throne of Glass is a phenomenal debut novel and, of course, a must-read that nobody should miss.
Date published: 2012-07-12

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"Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and its sequels or the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both in Maas's strong debut novel. . . . The verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"A teenage assassin, a rebel princess, menacing gargoyles, supernatural portals and a glass castle prove to be as thrilling as they sound. . . . Celaena is still just a teenager trying to forge her way, giving the story timelessness. This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star." -Kirkus Reviews"Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a tale full of surprises and shadows, where deadly seeds are sown with the promise of more danger to come. A fascinating glimpse into the dark side of Cinderella." -Colleen Houck, the NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger's Curse series