A Thrilling Masterpiece: A Review of THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) 

Throne of Glass
Sarah J Maas
416 pages
Bloomsbury USA
August 7th 2012
Source: Hardcover from Publisher
Rating: LOVED


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 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.

Fantasy abounds in Throne of Glass, the thrilling debut by Sarah J Maas. Don’t let its length and size intimidate you – the hype machine is right this time. Throne of Glass is most definitely worth the buzz.

A notorious assassin, a competition, and mysterious, horrific deaths are just a few things you’ll find within the pages of this fantasy thriller. And not only is the plot thrilling, the characters were just as wonderful as well – mouthy, witty, funny, you’ll find them all.

Our main character, Celaena, being the killer that she is, is just a girl who loves dressing up, the feeling of the sun on her skin, and just so happens to know how to kill a man in seconds. All Celaena wants is freedom. And if she wins the competition set by her horrible king, she’ll be free in four years.

It’s easy enough. Defeat her twenty-three opponents and be chosen Champion. But before she knows it, Celaena isn’t fighting to win. She isn’t fighting for freedom. She’s fighting for her life.

Throne of Glass is descriptive and imaginative. With a fast-moving plot to go with it, the pages will hold your attention till the end. The crafted world of Sarah J Maas is one you won’t want to leave, and one you won’t be able to forget. Sarah J Maas is a master storyteller.

Throne of Glass is, in short, a masterpiece. From the riveting opening pages to the perfect ending, this debut lacks nothing. The world building is spot-on, the characters are fleshed out, and the plot is a whirlwind – why wouldn’t you want to read it?

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    August 13, 2012

    Nice review, you're the first to make me actually want to pick up the book! A lot of hype here, I think I will check on NetGalley first to see if I can get an egalley.

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    August 13, 2012

    This book sounds amazing and everyone seems to love it. To be honest at first I wasn't very interested in it, but the more reviews I see the more I want to read it.

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    Katie @ BlookGirl

    August 13, 2012

    I agree whole-heartedly with everything you said :-) Throne of Glass quickly became one of my most favorite reads this year… and man, is that list getting LONG! ;-)

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    Jesse Burgoyne

    August 13, 2012

    I totally agree. Throne of Glass is one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read. It had just enough action, mystery and romance to keep me on the edge of my seat! Great review :)

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    Alyssa Susanna

    August 13, 2012

    I'm reading this book now!!!! I'm like 2/3 in, and I love it. I thought I would because I love all things fantasy, and this book is (so far) awesome. A lot of people agree that this book did not disappoint, so I'm really glad that most people think it ended well!!! I know it's part of a series, but I think the first book is really supposed to be the best. Which is good for Throne of Glass!!! Thanks for the review!!!! :D

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    August 13, 2012

    I have heard such AWESOME things about this book. I picked it up from the store this morning and can't wait to get it started! I'm so glad that you like it! It makes me want to review it even more.

    Thank you for the review and happy reading!

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    YA Novelties

    August 14, 2012

    I read Throne of Glass and loved it! The world-building, I thought, was a bit odd. Otherwise, it was fantasy to perfection. I am kind of worried of what will come next in the next two books of the trilogy.

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    Anne Calayag

    August 15, 2012

    Omg, I can't wait to read Throne Of Glass, hopefully I get it soon. Nice review!

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    Danielle West

    August 16, 2012

    Love the review. It sounds like it shares many elements with an older series that I loved a lot. Will be picking this up!

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    Maggie K.

    August 16, 2012

    Great review – I have this book in the list of MUST READ and I can't wait to get my hands on it. I requested that from NetGalley, looking forward to reading it.

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    Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence

    August 16, 2012

    Ahh, I simply can't wait to start this book this week! It's bound to be amazing!

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    Dazzling Mage

    August 17, 2012

    Been reading a LOT of awesome reviews for this one, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

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    August 20, 2012

    I'm really excited to read this one!! I've heard great things and I have it on my shelf. Now I just need to get the novellas :D

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    September 23, 2012

    Picked this up, read afew chapters, then put it down because I wasn't really in the mood and was struggling. I might have to have another go, maybe it was just timing. Glad you loved it so much, awesome review :D

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    September 28, 2012

    I love this book! it was so awesome. Celaena is such an kick-ass character!

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    October 4, 2012

    Thanks for the review. I have heard all the hype too and want this book. I like witty mouthy humor! It makes the book that much more likeable. Can't wait to read it!