Throne of Glass (Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas

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My thoughts:

So sooo soooooo many reviews on this book. However the positive feedback completely annihilated all of the negative feedback out there and I have to agree with the positive, thumbs up from me and five stars. Throne of Glass was a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Oo this book had a lot of intrigue and mystery. Strange creatures, magical items, forgotten ancient histories? Yup, Throne of Glass has it all. This book also has the highly sought after female friendship between Celaena and Princess Nehemia. Not to forget, Celaena is the literal embodiment of a strong female heroine but realistic and emotional too. Sarah J. Maas has managed to tick so many boxes with Throne of Glass…

The characters are engaging and funny, the storyline is easy to follow, and the writing style is excellent. The uneasy and awkward friendship that springs up between Celaena, Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall is highly entertaining. Their friendship does develop into a very subtle love triangle towards the end of the book, but it seems more natural and evolves at a good slow pace.

We also have two main male protagonists, Prince Dorian, a sweet, clever, good boy, with father issues, and Captain Westfall, a bit emotionally guarded but kind and honest. Of course they’re both ridiculously good looking, and it was interesting to see that a lot of people are on team Captain as opposed to team Prince. (I’m on team Prince for this book).

I should also mention the bad guys too, there is the King (Dorian’s father) who we are led to believe is so evil he barely has to lift a finger to enforce his will. There is also a mystery person (no I’m not telling you names) who is killing the other competitors one by one through dark and twisted means.

This book has the right mix of all the right emotions, from completely horrifying, to chillingly mysterious, to heartwarming, to surprisingly hilarious, to gut wrenching unfairness. In short it had me chuckling and silently protesting throughout. I did not want this book to end, so I guess I better get on with book two then. Thank you Sarah!


From the current reviews:

The Good: ‘Fantastic’, ‘utterly absorbing read’, ‘brilliant’, ‘good’, ‘ideal’, ‘great adventure story’, ‘Maas truly paints with words and I enjoyed every letter’, ‘loved the plot’, ‘excellent book’, ‘strong female character’, ‘addicting’, ‘thrilling & funny’, ‘overwhelming emotions’, ‘story flows well’, ‘easy to read’, ‘well written characters’, ‘mature’, ‘delicious’, ‘plenty of mystery and intrigue’, ‘entertaining, intelligent and a good clear read’, ‘this book had me hooked from start to finish’, ‘brilliant & awesome’, ‘there was always something to sink your teeth into’, ‘one word cannot sum up Calaena’s intense character’, ‘wonderful’, ‘interesting world building’, ‘freaking incredible’, ‘exciting’, ‘extraordinary, well crafted story’, ‘captivating’, ‘entrancing’, ‘ absolutely brilliant’, ‘pure excellence’, ‘simply impossible to put down’, ‘amazing’, ‘gripping storyline’, ‘compelling plot’, ‘the writing is beautiful and assured’, ‘imaginative’, ‘characters have natural relationships that suit their age and history’, ‘breathtaking’, ‘spectacular’, ‘a pleasure to read’, ‘a love triangle that actually works.’

The Bad:  ‘first half is dull and forgettable’, ‘riddled with cliches’, ‘boring’, ‘flat’, ‘overdone’, ‘I’m afraid this just wasn’t for me’, ‘major plot holes’, ‘unrealistic’, Assassin fail’, ‘feels incomplete’, ‘shallow’, ‘horrible’, ‘glaring character inconsistencies’, ‘weak writing’, ‘painful’, ‘not my cuppa’, ‘disappointing’, ‘great premise but unconvincing delivery’, ‘nowhere near the hype’, ‘Mary-sue heroine’, ‘like wading through treacle’, ‘annoying characters’.

The Darn Right Ugly:  ‘Life is too short for me to waste any more time on this book’, ‘I wanted to like this book but I could find nothing to like’, ‘A trilogy? Seriously! Shoot me now.’ ‘Read this at your own peril’.

The Unicorns: ’60 THOUSAND STAR OPTION PLEASE’, ‘I tried my hardest to put into words how much I love this book, but still I can’t do it justice’, ‘A brilliantly written book that I would definitely read again and again’, ‘The bloggers raving about this series are not wrong. Throne of Glass is epic’, ‘This book was one of my favorites within the first 50 pages’, ‘5 Badass Stars’, ‘I LOVED IT!’ (lots of these in capitals).  

This book has been compared/likened to: Graceling by Kristin Cashore, Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, Acid by Emma Pass, Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.


UK Kindle/Amazon Rating: 4.3 stars (4.3 Stars)

Goodreads Rating: 4.2 stars(4.2 Stars)


Release date: 2nd August 2012

Pages: 416

Age Range:  13+

Contains: Mild descriptions of violence.

Genres: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Romance.

Awards: Nominated for Abraham Lincoln Award 2015


About the book: 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 exhilarating. 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…


Where to Buy?

Amazon Kindle Ed: £0.98, Paperback: £3.49  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Throne-Glass-Sarah-J-Maas/dp/140883233X

There are other places to buy this book in both paperback and hardback.


About the Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out starting May 5th, 2015). She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency. (http://sarahjmaas.com/about-sarah/)

Author’s links:

http://worldofsarahjmaas.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-J-Maas/116910261657643

https://twitter.com/sarahjmaas

http://sjmaas.livejournal.com/


Disclaimer: The reviews and opinions above are either from online sources or my own, and have been collaborated together for the ease and benefit of potential new readers. All ratings have been collected from the date of this blog’s publishing, and will potentially change in the future.

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