Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 404
Published: August 7th, 2012 
Genre: YA Fantasy
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 caption of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. 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.

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What can I say? I'm a sucker for a good fantasy read! This book takes place in a renaissance-ish type of time period. There are kings, queens, knights, guards, and, of course, assassins! This book has actually lived up to the hype I've been hearing on Youtube and Facebook. I was aimlessly and undoubtedly in love with this book! This book was honestly bombarding me with unwanted emotions and feelings. I mean da feels though. I was literally all over the place.

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Let's talk about the characters: Sarah J. Maas probably establishes the best character development I have ever seen in a book. Her characters are surprisingly so real and at times, I could swear that Celaena was just my best friend at school. That's one thing I look forward to reading about in the rest of this series. Her male characters were even more phenomenal! At first I was leaning towards Dorian as my preferred swoon, but as I read the end I was so looking forward to the relationship of Celaena and Chaol in books two and three. You really sort of feel connected with all the male characters in the book, and it's kind of like you're the one falling in love. Gosh, constant rants of a teenage fangirl :P


So we enter the world of Celaena Sardothien, a captured criminal of Endovier who is now just about willing to do anything to gain her freedom, even if it means competing in the King's competition to find a new champion. Celaena doesn't really know what she's getting herself into, but she's about to find out. With the help of the crowned prince, Dorian and the Captain of the Guard, Chaol, she might just be able to make it out alive and perhaps fall in love.

If you love assassins, fairies, and dark magic, you'll definitely enjoy reading this book. I really enjoyed how the author gave so much power to Celaena and portrayed her as an assassin, as we don't see much of that these days. She had the perfect amount of spunk and that sassy attitude that didn't make her too annoying. If you guys have ever read The Mara Dyer series, she was somewhat comparable to Mara.

If I'm not mistaken, this book was based entirely upon Maas' own world, as in she built the world herself in the story from beginning to end. The plot line was consistent, ya know? Like we didn't just have random assassins dropping like flies, leading us up to the final two competitors who would duel to be the King's Champion.

A perfect fantasy read to consume your time during any break or weekend! I mean, every time I put the book down to eat or sleep I was desperate to pick it back up! I will definitely be back for another review on the second book, which I've heard is far more action-packed and interesting. And I feel like Maas' writing is more sophisticated than most of the authors on the market. It's unique, and I guess you could say that it better appeals to a YA fangirl's nature.








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11 comments

  1. YES!! I'm glad you agree that this book was AMAZING!! I just think Celaena is so kickass, and you're right about her seeming so real. I definitely love both Chaol and Dorian too <3 5 stars approved!!

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. I can't wait to read Crown of Midnight!

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  2. I'm so glad you loved this book as much as I did! I'm yet to continue the series (though not for lack of wanting to) and I'm getting them for christmas so I can't wait!

    http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/december-plans.html

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    1. Yes we shall continue through the series. I'm on the final book that's published thus far, Heir of Fire.

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  3. Gah, I'm such a fangirl. I'm legit afraid to start this series b/c I might go crazy fangirl all over the place. It's cool that you just started this series, though. It makes me not feel like such a lame-o for not starting, since everyone is raving about the latest novel in the series. Great review, Alex. I might just start this so I can read-along with you, hehe.

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    1. I agree with everything. I was scared to start this series because I was afraid the hype and fangirling was going to get to me. But all in all, I loved this book in my own way and I have developed my own opinions and thoughts on this book! Already looking forward to reading the second one lol!

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  4. Your review was straight on! I loved the character development in Celaena, ToG was definitely very well written! You'll love Crown of Midnight :) It's even better than ToG!

    Olivia @ FIctionally Obsessed

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    1. So I've heard. I loved your review as well. I can't wait to get started on the second and third book!

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  5. I actually have fellow bloggers yelling at me, albeit text yelling, but still.. because I haven't read this series yet! My finals end next week, and I swear, I'm going to get around to reading them during my winter break. It's nice to read yet another great review for Miss Maas and her writing! Great, detailed review girl (:
    Morrighan @ Elysian Fields.

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    1. And I can't wait to read your review and thought on the book. I'm on the third book now lol! It's weird how much I'm into the Fandom and stuff. Enjoy and thanks for checking the review out girl!!

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