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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass was absolutely one of the most exciting and well-written books I’ve read this year. It most definitely made best books of 2012 list.

If you like a tough heroine, jam-packed action and budding romance, then READ THIS BOOK.

Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Title & Author: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Epic

Release Date: August 7, 2012

Series: 1st in a planned series

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“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 kings 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.”

Read Throne of Glass Pronto!

I read this book in early June, and at the time I was in a serious reading slump. I’d read a few books that I thought were ok, but I was still waiting for the big shocker – the book that made me blow up everyone’s phones with texts like “READ THIS NOW!!!”

If only I had known my wait was about to end…because Throne of Glass is simple stunning. The characters are lovable and realistically flawed, the world-building is different and exciting and the romance…yeah…I’ll get to that in a sec.

Unlike a lot of butt-kicking heroines, Celaena also has a soft side. She’s been imprisoned and orphaned and she’s trained under the top assassin of Endovier (who’s methods were extremely harsh). The girl has issues. But, she doesn’t let it harden her. She’s vulnerable but with an edge.

Another thing I loved about Celaena is that she makes tough decisions because of her ambition and priorities. It’s great to read about a character who doesn’t succumb to her overwhelming desire to be with someone because of some electrical attraction. Ah, refreshing.

Plus, I loved Celaena’s bestie Nehemia – she’s a foreign princess who’s more than what she seems as well. What a perfect duo.

A Classic Fantasy in the Making

A lot goes on in Throne of Glass. There’s a murder to be solved, thieves to beat in an assassin competition and hearts to be won. Yet, I never felt confused. Maas does a fantastic job of keeping all of the moving parts..well, moving. And in sync.

The descriptions of Endovier were very unique, like the glass throne referenced in the title. It exists! Actually a whole glass building exists on a hill – not for those who mind heights (like Celaena).

Throne of Glass reminded me of the Harry Potter books in the way that I knew that Maas has something else up her sleeve – something that I couldn’t guess even if I tried. I like that in books because once you’ve read a couple hundred novels, some of the same twists and turns pop up. I love being surprised.


This book made me excited to read fantasy again. I get caught up in the YA-ness of novels sometimes, and I like how Throne of Glass shook me out of my daze. For a classic fantasy with sweeping descriptions and characters who you want to know in real life, pick up Throne of Glass immediately when it’s published (August 7)!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.