Sunday, July 7, 2013

5 Star Review: Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children's

Purchased for Review Purposes

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing YA fantasy novels, she can be found exploring the California coastline.
Her debut YA epic fantasy novel, THRONE OF GLASS, will be published by Bloomsbury on August 7th, 2012.

Throne of Glass was phenomenal. It was full of drama, suspense, romance, and heart-wrenching moments. I loved every moment of it!! I cannot believe that I have not read it sooner!! It is most definitely going on my favorites list. 

The main character, Celaena, is a heroine unlike any other. She has been through treacherous times and torture and has somehow survived. The experiences have made her stronger and able to handle anything that comes her way. 

She is rescued from the mines where she has been sentenced to live out her days by the Crown Prince Dorian. He has an offer for her to consider that would mean winning back her freedom. She is to compete against other “Champions” to win the role of Champion for the King. If she survives the tests and wins then she will be free after four years of service to the King.

She also has to compete against other champions under a mask and cannot reveal her true self. She fights against the urge to tell everyone the SHE is not JUST a girl but THE ASSASAIN OF ARDALAN. 

‘She dropped into a crouch. As the blade sailed overhead, she lashed out at his legs. He didn't even have the time to cry out as she swept his feet out from under him, nor did he have the time to raise his weapon before she crouched over his chest, the iron-coated tip of the staff at his throat. She brought her mouth close to his ear. "My name is Celaena Sardothien," she whispered.’ 

As the competitions begin Calaena is not only forced to fight in the competition but to fight for her life as well. There is someone or something that is killing off the other champions. She is forced to find a way to make it to the final test without being one of the champions who is killed. 

During this time Calaena begins to spend time with not only the Crown Prince Dorian but also the Captain of the Guard, Choal. At this point I am torn between who I want her love interest to be! I will only say that her choice is the right one. It fits in the story perfectly and every aspect of this story was wonderful. I love the subtle little added “awwwws” such as the entrance to Fleetfoot. Yep that pup stole my heart…

Needless to say this is an incredible book and I read it in four days. I literally couldn’t put it down!! I cannot wait to read more from Sarah. J Maas. I love her writing style and her characters are so full of emotion. This was an absolute 5 stars and I cannot wait to read Crown of Midnight…


  1. I loved Throne of Glass as well!! I can't believe it took me so long to read it. I just finished it the other day too. :) That puppy was adorable and I can't get over how awesome Calaena is. Great review! I too am torn about who I want her to be with, they both are pretty awesome if you ask me.

  2. I can't wait to read this book. I read a lot of mixed things about it, but, still it sounds nice. Going to give it a try. I do like " Vain, deadly, and quick with fabulously witty comebacks". :) Great review.

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