Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

13519397Edition: E-Book, 404 pages
Published By: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2nd August 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 30th September 2015

Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

(Side Note: I forgot to published this last year, oops. I am currently catching up with writing all my reviews from last year!)

Ever since the 4th book was dropped, everyone has raving about how fantastic this series is, so I thought it’s high time I started reading it. I went into reading this knowing that I’m not going to like it, that it will be a mediocre read and most of all, knowing I am going to dislike the main character. This was all true in the reading experience. So I’m not too disappointed with it because it was expected.

To summarise: Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is acclaimed to be the ‘world’s most notorious assassin.’ One day, she got caught (so much for being an notorious assassin, eh?) and was sent to a death camp in Endovier to work as a slave for a punishment for her crimes. But then there was an offer that involves her freedom, which she could not refuse. The King is needs an assassin and decides to hold a competition, in which 23 Champions compete to win that title.

In short, essentially this is the Hunger Games meets Disney’s Cinderella with a Game of Thrones setting. Go figure.

MAJOR SPOILERS will be present in this review.

My favourite kind of characters is a strong female independent characters and I love it especially when they really kick ass in martial arts style. I should like Celaena but she is really full of herself, which was expected. I heard she is better in the next book, but for now, this girl…I can’t even… her ego is as big as her head. And two men love her for some reason…because she’s pretty?

What does the cover tell you about the book? It looks like it’s about a girl who can kick ass with swords. But really, it’s about a girl who spends most of her time, flirting with a Prince, reading in the library, taking walks, moaning/whining, prancing around in pretty dresses and reminding herself how pretty she is or how she’s the best. Er…yeah. This is how an assassin should sound like, right? No.

I’m going to talk a bit about this so-called love triangle.
Dorian? Not a fan to be honest. He is a bit like Will Herondale without the sarcasm because he’s very attractive. I could tell from the beginning that some romance thing was going to happen and it did, no surprise there. It was lust at first sight. But I admit they do have some nice scenes together, not that I cared. Dorian’s a bit…I don’t know? Well, he’s dull. He seems like just a pretty face. I’m sure in the next few books, he’ll be more than just a pretty face, but for now he’s just dull.

I really like Chaol. There’s something about him. He’s very on guard and serious. He’s good at his job. He likes to keep things professional. That’s why you never see him joking or laughing. We don’t know much about his backstory, so he’s a bit of a mystery. Chaol is a better fit for Celaena but who knows what Sarah J. Maas decides? I have a sinking feeling that it won’t be Chaol. Dorian just seems like an obvious choice. But I think Celaena and Chaol are meant to be 😀

I did some googling and found out that the original title for this book was actually called ‘Queen of Glass.’ You know what that means… it means it order for Celaena to become Queen, she has to marry a Prince. Well, what do ya know? Dorian is the perfect suitor.

The mystery aspect of the book is the mysterious murders of the champions. The champions are being killed off one by one by an evil force and its up to Celaena to find what who it is and eliminate it. We find out it’s actually…Cain. That was a pretty obvious choice. I was expecting the unexpected. There’s a lot of really interesting groundwork in terms of the magical aspect of the story. It sounds very promising and I am interested in seeing how that concept is developed in the next few books.

I had my suspicions on Nehemia; I felt like there was something off about her but it turns out she wasn’t a villain after all. I don’t know what she is at the moment. It seems like she can work magic? She’s a mystery.

The challenges that the champions had to compete in were a bit mediocre, like knife throwing and archery, but as the story progressed the challenges had gotten a bit tougher, such as the wall climbing and finding out which drink is not poison. That last challenge was very INTENSE. It went on forever. Kaltain had poisoned Celaena’s drink and thus had resulted in her being unable to fight Cain and looks like she is losing. She was blacking out and experiencing these hallucinations. Dorian’s is all like, ‘I need to rescue her!’ Chaol comes to the outside of the ring; he knows he can’t help her because it would mean she’d be disqualified. So all he does is tell her to get up and keeps telling her to get up until she does. I really liked that scene.

She rolled her eyes. “Thank you so much for interfering on my behalf.”
“You don’t need me to rescue you.”
“It still would have been nice.”
“You can fight your own battles.”

With this quote, I liked how Chaol respects that Celena is a strong independent person who does not need a man to rescue her. But Celaena seems like she wanted for someone to stick up for her and rescue her, for some reason. I think she wanted Prince Charming to come to her aid, but ha, Chaol is not that person.

Let’s take a moment to reminisce some of Celaena’s arrogant and annoying moments:

“Fetch my slippers,’ she mumbled. “The floor’s like ice.”

What was she doing in a palace? Why was she – Adarlan’s Assassin! – Participating in some absurd competition to prove that she is the best? She was the best!

Oh, they were fools for thinking they could tame her!

Oh, how she adored candy!

“And I’m the Crown’s Prince’s Champion!” She flipped her hair over a shoulder.

This is the first book I’ve read that that tells the reader about the female character going through menstrual cramps. When you think about it, it’s literally never ever mentioned in books.

Another thing: how was everyone pronouncing the names in this book? For Celaena, it’s basically Selena but different spelling. Chaol – I was pronouncing it as Cha-ol, but as that was too much effort, I was pronouncing it as Cole lol, but I realised that it’s like how you’d say Chaos. Kaltain – Caitlyn?

Overall 3 stars out of 5. Despite my ranting review and how long it took me to finally finish it, I did enjoy it in some way. Celaena was really annoying but I tried to look pass it somehow. My consolation was that at least it wasn’t written in first person POV. About the writing style – I really liked it and the style is very sophisticated. Third person POVs are actually my favourites to read because I find that it progresses the story a lot quicker and we get in the mind of the other characters.

I don’t know where this fandom came from (probs Fiction Press) but this fandom has just escalated and has recently been opted for TV. It has become one of those overhyped series. Everyone loves it and I have yet to see what the fuss is about. I will be continuing with this series. This is probably a bad comparison as both stories are completely different, but I think of Throne of Glass as a teen version of Game of Thrones.

Have you read it? Are you Team Dorian or Team Chaol?




13 thoughts on “Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  1. I only briefly skimmed your review since I haven’t read this yet. (I’ll probably come back to it when I do.) I do have it downloaded so I may try it this year. But I have this feeling it’s going to be somewhere around a 3 star read for me. Like you, I’m going to keep my expectations low. But I have heard the books get even better by each installment. By the way, I know you read a lot of contemporary and literary fiction (thrillers, etc) but do you ever read like paranormal/vampire stuff. Just curious. Anyway, nice review (from what I read), Thuong! And lol! I hope you get through the reviewing queue soon. ^.7

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    1. Thanks for reading! Aw that’s okay, can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Yes best to keep expectations low, even though so many people loved the first book. It has become a love it or hate it kind of book series. The last paranormal/vampire book I read & didn’t finish was City of Heavenly Fire lol. I think I’ve grown out of paranormal/vampires since Twilight XD I don’t find myself reaching out for it, but if you know any good paranormal reads, let me know! 😉 Thanks, me too! Thats why I can’t read anything right now, as the reviews will for sure pile up! lol

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      1. My favorite TMI book was City of Glass. Though I can never have enough of Cassie Clare’s books… I do wish she ended the series there like she initially planned. And as for paranormal reads. Have your head Vampire Academy? That’s my favorite vampire series. The first few books in the series is just okay but it gets really good. I’m kind of curious what you’d think of that one. 🙂

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      2. I was excited when Cassie decided to write more books but I don’t think it worked? City of Glass was a solid ending. I have read Vampire Academy 🙂 I was the biggest VA fan! Rose is my kind of character. Except I didn’t read the last one cos a friend of mine said she didn’t like it and spoiled me :/ my favourites are Shadow Kissed, Blood Promise and Spirit Bound 😀 The film was like a comedy though.

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      3. LOL. That movie is hilarious. I’m kind of sad there won’t be a sequel for the film just because I laughed so much when I watched it. And Shadow Kissed and Blood Promise were my favorite. I don’t remember much from Spirit Bound but the cover is pretty. Have you read Soundless?

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      4. I thought it was alright, I liked parts of it. I liked Christian 😀 it didn’t do well in the ratings but it could be a good TV series though! No I haven’t read Soundless, is it any good?

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  2. Chaol in my head sounds like kale for some reason, I don’t even know how that happened XD

    I agree that Celaena was a bit annoying in the first book. Like yeah, you are probably the best assassin in the world but being arrogant about it makes you annoying, the end. I am looking forward to continuing the series though because of all the great reviews it’s gotten. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one who felt kinda meh towards the book 😀

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    1. That’s the right way of pronouncing it! I was saying it wrong in my head, as Cha-ol? I had this trouble in A Court of Thorns & Roses as well XD
      Yeah, same here. I’m sure its a great series but I’ll have to keep my expectations low, just in case I am disappointed (as usually I am!) Haha, I think a lot of people were a bit ‘meh’ at the first book.

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  3. Personally I’m Team Celaena/Death at this point.
    Great review! I read Throne of Glass last month and I was entirely underwhelmed by it but it’s supposed to get better later on (particularly after the 2nd book). The biggest deal-breaker for me were the characters which were all either whiny/snobby or just downright assholes for no apparent reason, but I also felt like the plot should’ve been set in a fantasy school setting instead of it being purely high fantasy.

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    1. LOL haha thats a good one! Celaena should end up with no one lol. Yes supposedly it gets better, which is the reason why I’m continuing but its taking me a while to pick up the 2nd book. I know right! Thats one thing that I can’t stand about characters. I think the author trying to be in the ‘high fantasy’ genre with the magic stuff. Being set in a school might give it a Harry Potter vibe.


      1. I can’t take credit for the Celaena/Death, I saw in a review and I thought it was hilarious.
        I know a lot of people complain about magic schools having a HP vibe, but I don’t mind it in most cases, and I’d prefer that to the way ToG was actually executed.

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