Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

throne of glassThrone of Glass
Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass series #1
May 7th 2013
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
404 pages
Fantasy / Young Adult / Romance

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.

Rating: B+ – Loved

Throne Of Glass is just one of those recently infamous books. I’ve seen this book everywhere. And when I mean everywhere, I mean every book blog. It may be in reviews or book tags.

What I Liked

Lived up to the hype. Personally, I wasn’t expecting a lot from this book but I am honestly glad to say that it deserves all the hype it is getting lately.

The kickass heroine. She’s an assassin which makes her way cooler than any girl I’ve ever read. I like heroines that are somewhat related to criminal activities. It may be a heist or a killing squad or whatever. It just adds character to the whole story.

The romance. I believe a little bit of love in a fantasy book is a plus. It’s obviously not a must but it is good to have something to look forward to.

The action. I believe it tests a writer’s skill. It shows his or her prowess in using powerful and accurate words. I like action scenes that are so beautifully written, it makes me feel like I’m right there when it’s all happening.

Fast-paced. The suspense and mystery never stopped until it was the right time to do so and the plot will surely test your skill in guessing who’s doing what or which.

What I Didn’t Like

The love triangle. I don’t need a love triangle in an action-packed fantasy book. A little hint of romance – yes sure, why not? But a conflict arising from it – hell, no. It unnecessarily complicates things. Personally, if the author tried making the villain the other love interest – then now, maybe we’re talking. But that’s not the case here. The love interest, Dorian, the crown prince and Chaol, the captain of the guards are friends… good friends in fact (although I didn’t really see that in the book).

More action. In relation to what I like in this book (that I like action). I want more of it – more twists and turns to the story. I just want a little more to really prove that Celeana, the Adarlan’s assassin, the Queen of the Underworld, lives up to her infamous name.

Unrealistically beautiful. This is going to be personal. I am not at ease with the portrayal of Celeana’s beauty in this book. I know she has to look great. Pretty is enough, but does she really have to be that beautiful? It’s kind of annoying to some point but at least, she’s not pretending that she had the least idea of her good looks. Also, I approve of her girly actions. I mean. She’s a girl so it’s great that she acts like one (not that I’m saying every girl acts the way we are usually portrayed). On the side note, I believe that maybe her beauty must be one of her greatest weapons.

The secondary characters. This is just one of my observations but I feel like I’m missing w whole lot of things on the secondary characters. They lack some personality. Be on top of that is Chaol. Chaol is just bland to my liking. Even Dorian is also lacking some character.

Skin deep. The whole story is almost too focused on Celeana. Her two other co-protagonist is missing the limelight. I need them to stand out more. Hopefully, in the next installment of the series because it sure felt like they were just there to add spice in the romance.

Throne Of Glass is an impressive read. It has its numerous faults and plot holes like any other written literature out there. But as readers, we either just learn to love, hate or forget. If you want to read a thrilling and exciting non-dystopian fantasy book, Throne Of Glass is the way to go.


  1. I have been meaning to read this! This review is great.

    You might be interested in her other book series A Court of Thorns and Roses if you have not read it already. 🙂


  2. I know she has to look great. Pretty is enough but does she really have to be that beautiful?

    I was actually nodding in real life when I read this line of yours. We certainly didn’t need that many words devoted to describing just how amazing she is, and I would even go so far as to argue that the book would work better if there was only the bare minimum description on her looks. Assassins don’t need to be beautiful (in my opinion).


    1. I think I presumed way so easily when I found out that she’s a girl and she’s THE assassin – my bad on that. I thought it was one of her tactics to use her looks rather than rely solely on her talent and skills. You know how most portray badass, deadly girls so my initial thoughts fell with the norm like I thought maybe she’s playing I’m-too-innocent-or-pretty-so-I-can-trick-you-before-I-strike tactic. But I have to agree with you. Assassins don’t need to be beautiful.
      P.S. Why am I reminded so much of Ronda Rousey?


  3. Great review! I’ve seen from other comments you’ve read crown of midnight but weren’t really planning on continuing on to heir of fire but honestly you REALLY REALLY SHOULD idk I thought throne of glass was alright and crown of midnight was slightly better but heir of fire blew me out of the WATER it was AMAZING. although I do understand your feelings on dorian… </3 I don't have much of a love of chaol either

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  4. I’m glad you didn’t fall completely in love with this book like everyone else! I agree with you on some of your points. I definitely feel like Celaena is quite arrogant of a character in terms of her beauty too. Even when she was dying and ill in the mines of Endovier she still had her beauty.

    But anyways, great review!


    1. Celaena is an interesting character and probably one of the most diverse female I’ve read so far. Sometimes, it’s just very easy to forget she’s a trained assassin because her actions contradict her personality.
      Thank you. 😀

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  5. Great review! I like the description you’ve made of the protagonist and your opinion about the unnecessary exaggeration of her beauty. The plot is very interesting too and I can only congratulate you for this review. See you


  6. Hooray, I’m so glad you enjoyed Throne of Glass! I can’t wait for you to read Crown of Midnight! I thought Throne of Glass was okay, but Crown of Midnight takes everything that was done well/not so well in ToG, and makes it 94583085x better. But on that note, I agree with your criticisms of the book; Celeana’s repeated emphasis on her beauty got old super fast. Thankfully, CoM has more self-growth and character development! 🙂


    1. Right after this book, I dived straight to read Crown of Midnight and I agree that there’s more character development (especially for my handsome Dorian – I’m slightly biased haha). But I’m not that happy 😥 given that I got too attached with the romance which is so unfair of me because I’m Team Dorian all the way! (I’m on teams now. I know it sounds silly). Everything in the series just got better but I think I’m going to put reading the next books on hold. I can’t invest my feelings in some ship that’ll sink. 💔 (This is the reason I try to avoid love triangles).

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      1. Haha if I had to choose between Chaol or Dorian… I’d go with neither. I liked Nehemia a lot, but then, y’know. 😦

        I can completely understand you reason, tbh! I’ve yet to read Heir of Fire and am putting it off too, though for different reasons!


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