Throne of Glass {Review}


“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.


Rating: ★★★★☆ {4.5}

Throne of Glass is by no means a stranger to reviews, and is a beloved series of many a reader around the world. That being said I was hesitant to start it despite having heard so many amazing things about Celaena Sardothien. The reason for my hesitation being that I often fall victim to what I call “Over-Hyped Book Syndrome” – this has happened so far with what I’ve read of The Lunar Chronicles – however I was ecstatic when it didn’t land in that category!! By no means was it perfect, there were some things that were a bit over-hyped but it was nothing that affected my enjoyment of the book.

I read The Assassin’s Blade before jumping into Throne of Glass and was left feeling a little disjointed from Celaena and not quite as attached to her as I expected to be from all that I had heard. But I was glad that I had read The Assassin’s Blade first as little comments and moments throughout Throne of Glass wouldn’t have had much context had I not read the novellas first.

I love the little details Sarah J Maas put into Celaena’s character, for example her love of books, and the excitement of receiving a bag of candy, these details aren’t necessarily important to the plot or even character development but it was these little details that helped me relate to Celaena. I also wholeheartedly appreciated the scene in which Celaena suffered from cramps due to her period, it amazes me how often we read YA books where our female protagonists don’t experience the things we as readers experience. Again it was moments like that where I saw the girl behind the assassin, and helped my fondness for Celaena to grow.

To answer the question on everybody’s mind when it comes to this series, I’m undecided on whether I am Team Dorian or Team Chaol right now. I find myself more attached to Dorian, however Chaol has his moments of lighthearted sweetness that was difficult not to notice. So for now I’m Team Dorian/ Chaol (what’s the ship name for this?)! Dorian is simply so sweet, and giving when it comes to Celaena; however, I can’t help but feel that the main reason for Dorian’s persistence is equal parts curiosity and boredom with the ladies at court. I still love him though, where can I get my own Dorian?

I’m not going to go into too much detail with the plot as to do so would risk spoilers. However I will simply mention how interested I am in seeing where the plot will go in the following books – I want to know more about the magic that the King of Adarlan wiped out from Erilea.

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed reading Throne of Glass, and I cannot wait to delve further into the world of Erilea and Celaena Sardothien’s adventures 🙂




6 thoughts on “Throne of Glass {Review}

  1. I didn’t realise you hadn’t read this! Glad to see you liked it 😀 One of my favorite series, can’t wait to see what you think of the next books!

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    • Thanks for the heads up, Lol I just hope it’s not the dire fate I take it to mean! I have heard the series only gets better as it progresses, so I cannot wait to continue on with it!


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