Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass

Book - 2012
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Very solid concept, mostly compelling characters, and a distinct cover!

That said, I really wish there was more to the novel. As the first published work in the series, I was left wanting quite a bit. I wish the book was twice as long and spent more time developing its plot threads and characters a bit more. Many of the chapters average between 2 and 6 pages tops, and I feel like the author really could have written more. Plot threads are adopted quite rapidly and the train of thought followed by the main character doesn't really logically work as well as it should.

For a supposed legendary assassin of unequal skill, I was frankly a little disappointed in the display at hand, and I'm convinced a longer book could have alleviated many of my critiques. Four solid stars.

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black_dove_71
Mar 24, 2021

This was a very good read, with good action. The characters were somehow relatable which made the read that much better. This definitely satisfied the craving for a fantasy book, its exactly the kind I wanted to read. It had some mythical creatures, a strong female lead, a bit of romance, and some mystery. I definitely recommend it!

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Fantastic novel!! One of my favourite series of all time.
Incredible world building and dynamic characters, action packed and vivid scenery. You really grow attached to these characters for sure.

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kazmi_nida
Feb 21, 2021

This book was such fluff, but I still kinda want to continue it?

This is one of my favorite series, and while book 1 really hooked me, it's not even close to the twists and turns the series takes in the future. It's in this novel where we meet Celaena Sardothien and some other key characters Chaol and Dorian. The plot of the story centers around Celaena being taken from her prison and being brought to the king in order to win a challenge that could win her her freedom and secure her a job as the King's Assassin. The events are a bit predictable, but it really kicks off the series and the next books won't be what you predicted.

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Autumn50006
Feb 04, 2021

It’s a little slow at first but KEEP READING THE SERIES it’s really good trust me!!!

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 09, 2021

God I just love this series. I know it's kind of trashy but there's something about SJM's writing that's addicting. Do I recognise the flaws in the story? Yes. Do I care? No.

In this book the shifting nature of Celaena's capabilities isn't as obvious because of her recovery from Endovier and she's still building up her skills again.

I also think the love triangle is slightly forced but it also not so evident in this book as Celaena is mostly focused on surviving the challenge to become champion and live another day. Which I mean... fair enough! Also, I am against playboys suddenly reconsidering their lifestyle for one girl (Yes, that means you Dorian!).

One of my favourite things that this series does pretty well is have Celaena remain very feminine but also quite capable of killing you, one doesn't negate the other. She loves her food and her fashion and ogling the men that she is also quite capable of killing.

I love her relationship with Nehemia and SJM did Nehemia wrong in just about every way but mostly by you know... but more of that in the next book. Nehemia is an awesome female friend (something I'm glad Celaena gets more of). They have their fights but they always end up back on each others side where they belong. And if you think about it (sly wink) they would the perfect friends for each other.

I just think this is the tip of the pretty amazing iceberg and each series only gets better from here.

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1Pinkpineped
Dec 31, 2020

Great series, but be aware that after book 2, there is explicit sexuality, which, frankly, I wish she had written in less graphic detail. If she hadn't done that, she would have had a broader audience since it makes it inappropriate for anyone under 17 or 18 or leaving younger readers saying "yuck." Too bad since there is a need for strong, smart, female protagonists for middle school readers.

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cchanson7
Dec 29, 2020

It defiantly sent shivers down my spine. Loved this book! Can't wait to read the next one.

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Simba30
Dec 09, 2020

Throne of Glass is a stunning story of the assassin Celaena Sardothien. Beautifully written by Maas, 18 year old Celaena is taken away from prison and brought to the King to win the challenge. Should she succeed, she will win her freedom and a paid job as the King’s Assassin. As she attempts to win her freedom, she attempts to sort out her love life, feeling conflicted between the Crown Prince and the Captain of the Guard. This is one of my favorite series and the twists and turns, the mysteries, and the emotion packed into each book is terrific. I absolutely love this series and recommend reading it.
Age Rating 14-15+

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isharao
Nov 03, 2020

Celeana, an assassin, was brought to the Crown Prince of Adarlan after spending a year at a prison, Endovier. She was offered a deal which allowed her to be the kings champion for four years and then she would be granted freedom. However to win her spot as the kings champion she must first win a competition against other assassins. Despite her hatred for the king she accepted the offer and began training to get past the elimination rounds. During her time at the castle, Celeana made both friends and enemies who either supported her or attempted to destroy her. Prince Dorian showed interest in her, Captain Westfall pushed her to succeed, and Princess Nehemia became a close friend. Meanwhile, a mysterious murder was on the loose.

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Mia_Baker
Oct 23, 2020

This book is so amazing! A bit slow at the beginning but it gets much better. Especially for people who love Cassandra Clare, its a huge page turner that you cant look away from!

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glumpkin
Aug 18, 2020

I don't want to write a long summary, but I think that the book was amazing!! I definitely recommend!!!!

ChristchurchTeens Aug 06, 2020

The first in Sarah J Maas's very popular Throne of Glass series. Heroine Celaena is an 18 year old assassin fighting for a chance at freedom. This is a series packed with adventure, magic, murder, betrayal, romance and mystery.

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SadiqShaikh
Jul 23, 2020

Throne of Glass is a fascinating story, especially if you love the fantasy genre. An imaginative plot, amazing characters, and great humor make for an interesting read. Personally, I loved this book from the first couple of pages and ultimately ended up reading the entire series. Quite an original story and stays as one of my favorite reads of all time!

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blue_dolphin_8333
Jul 18, 2020

I remember I didn’t want to read this, because I got bored of the first chapter. But my friend insisted, so I read it. As I read more and more of this book, I just couldn’t put it down. It was so good. I finished reading this in two days, and I’m off for the second book. This book was so good, and such a great start to the series. It gets better as you read more and more. It makes sense why this book and series is a best seller. If you are a young adult, or a teen, and love fantasy, I really recommend reading this. You won’t regret it.

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baileym29
Jun 18, 2020

This book, and series, are the YA fantasy I was looking for at the age of 18 when all other YA novels became boring and repetitive. The world SJM creates is beautiful. The plot twists, different stories, and characters she introduces throughout the series captivate you. I felt like this series was just the right amount of "grown-up" I needed at the time while maintaining the colorful fantasy world. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels but is looking for something a little different.

Throne of Glass is an experience more than it is a book. I live it every single time I read it, and this was no exception. I love these characters with my entire heart, for so many reasons.

First off, I just have to commend SJM for the scope of this series. The world-building, the plot/storyline, the characters' growth - all of it is just so apparent after this reread. There are hints of what's to come even now, in this first book, that won't manifest for two or three books, and the planning that had to have gone into this is absolutely mind-boggling. Erilea is a world that comes off as mysterious but familiar enough that I can so easily lose myself in it. Despite that ease, I know that behind the scenes, the authorial decisions and meticulous planning are so carefully constructed, and I just want to give SJM the hugest high five. This is stunning work and I am always in awe of her.

Celaena is one of my favourite fictional characters. She's hilarious, and the dynamics between her and literally every character are so well-developed. She's always so completely herself whether she's interacting with Dorian or Chaol or the King or Nehemia, and she's multifaceted and so real to me. Dorian and Chaol are such precious babies in this first book; I forgot how hard I shipped Dorian and Celaena, and how my heart ached for Chaol with the events that take place here. And Nehemia. Sweet, angry, cunning, viciously smart Nehemia. My heart also can't handle the love I have for her. It hurt me to read Celaena's suspicions of her this time if only because I just want them to be best friends forever and live in a land where nothing hurts and everything is always fine.

I know there are numerous reviews that have said that this first book is not great while the rest of the series makes up for it. I disagree. Even upon second reading, I found this first instalment to be completely engaging and full of likeable (and not-so-likeable) characters that deal with fantastical shit that never stops coming. It does feel somewhat similar to Red Queen and the Hunger Games, but it's because it works. The structure of the plot makes it impossible to put down, and knowing everything that's coming for these characters just made me love this even more. I so admire SJM for her brilliance and creativity.

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red_tiger_2354
Apr 24, 2020

I enjoyed the world building and the character development. It took me a bit to like the main character I will admit to that. At first she is this broken being left to rot in place where most people die within weeks, but she lasted nearly a year. She's this super skilled fighter, defiant, almost rude yet deeply wounded. As the story progressed and she was no longer complaining I began to appreciate the character. I like that the author has created a female character that has had relationships in her past and does not feel ashamed for any future one. All in all I liked the book enough the read the rest of the series. For those looking more for a love story check out A Court of Thorns and Roses - the first title in the authors "Beauty and the Beast" -ish series.

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spiritedaway
Apr 11, 2020

Not for me and by the end, I was very weary. I wanted to like this. I wanted to see what everyone else seemed to see in this book, but I just couldn't.

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SabahatAmmar
Mar 25, 2020

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass is a very promising book and a great start to the series. The novel itself takes place in world that is ruled by a king. One day a slave gone rouge was caught and brought to the king. Who gave her an intriguing proposition. If she competes and wins a competition then the king will grant her freedom, with the condition that she will become his Champion. She must defeat twenty-three murders, thieves and trained warrior to win. But, there is an evil that dwells deep within the castle, and evil that will kill. Slowly Celaena's fight to win soon becomes a fight for survival. During the competition a foreign princess becomes her friend, the Crown Prince gets close with her and so does the Captain of the Guard. The book Throne of Glass is a book loved by many. The novel itself hooks it's reader from the very first page. The writing itself I personally find to be over explanatory and lengthy as it is a bit too descriptive. The plot has all kinds of twists and turns keeping the readers attention. About the characters I find that there are too few interaction between the main three characters the Captain of the Guard, the Crown Prince and the assassin herself, but the interaction that are leave you craving more as they are so full of emotion and potential. I also dislike the fact that the book is only about the assassin's opinions, thoughts, and experiences. But, don't be discouraged because the plot, the emotion and the storyline is just amazing.

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chelseajoy93
Feb 24, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It was recommended by a friend and I was able to read it in one sitting.

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RaeRose48755
Jan 30, 2020

It was an enjoyable read. Good YA book in a, so far, good series.

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Crowfeather77
Jan 26, 2020

Has a Hunger Games twist, but so original at the same time!

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NerdyKitty815
Jan 17, 2020

Maybe a bit silly in parts, but fun.


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