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Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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In a sea of books, Throne of Glass stands out among the crowd. Unique plots and great world building will have you sinking into the story from the first chapter.

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

 

 

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4 Fantastic Kitties!

DUDE. DUUUUDE! This was simply badass. I know, I know… I feel like the last person on the planet to read this book. Honestly, I would have started it earlier, but I am so bad with cliffhangers/having to wait for new books to come out in a series. I was going to wait for at least the 5th book to come out, but I decided I couldn’t wait any longer. I think there is going to be 6 books in the series. Right? The 5th book is set to be released September 6th, 2016 and I just saw the cover while looking for the release date.

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: September 6, 2016

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I would share the blurb, but spoilers.

Okay, but back to the first installment. I always think I won’t like fantasy, but then I almost always do. I don’t read a ton of it, but Throne of Glass seemed so unique. When I was explaining the plot about the competition to be the Kings Champion to a friend, it sort of came off like a Hunger Games-esque plot, but it isn’t in the least bit.

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

Celaena Sardothien is basically fighting for her freedom from the prison/work camp she is at when the book first begins. The crown prince Dorian Havilliard chooses Celaena for his champion to compete against 23 other criminals in a competition where each are pitted against each other in many different tasks to see who comes out on top. As the competition ensues competitors start to die mysteriously between battles from an unknown death and an unknown murderer.

Celaena’s fiercest competition is Cain, a soldier in the kings army. The way he is described as being huge and mean and pretty much everyone’s pick to win. I really loved reading each competition. I thought it was going to be more like a “fight to the death” type battle from the get-go, but really it was mostly skills tests when weapons, poisons, etc. But then there were definitely some fight scenes, which were awesome!

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

“Second place is a nice title for the first loser.”

In this book I really was not expecting a love triangle. That really surprised me. I mean, almost every book contains some romance aspect because lovebut two love interests can make you cringe at the thought of a love triangle like Twilight. It wasn’t terrible though, and I say that with a severe disdain for love triangles. #TeamChaol 😉

The book is told from third person POV and there are a lot of characters. Each one being developed so well. The story is woven together perfectly. That is my absolute favorite thing about books – how well they come together in the end and let me tell you, this one is awesome. Somewhat predictable, but it’s hard to use foreshadowing and not give things away. It is sometimes necessary to develop the story well.

“I name you Elentiya.” She kissed the assassin’s brow. “I give you this name to use with honour, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.”

I was completely impressed by the writing level, the characters, and uniqueness. However, the one complaint I have is that the story sort of stood still for a while. No new information was given away. It was just sort of a day to day living type thing, which did develop Celaena’s character more, but was kind of grueling to get through after such intense scenes. A few people told me that the story doesn’t start picking up more until book 2 and I can completely agree with that.

“Apparently, a woman can only go so long without a sword between her hands.”

There is so much going on in this book. I feel it is barely just scratching the surface of what is to come. Faeries, the Wyrd, magic, ancient teachings, so many things I can’t wait to find out more about!

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

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25 thoughts on “Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  1. Hey, thanks for checking out my blog! I’m glad it brought me here! I definitely agree that Throne of Glass is an incredible YA book. I love the inclusion of all of the quotes in your review. It brought me back to reading the book, and for new readers, it gives them the idea of what quality of writing to look forward. Great idea!

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  2. Good, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I read it a little while ago and haven’t read the other books in the series just yet. Might just pick it up and reread it before I start reading any of the other books.

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      1. I always reread books in a series before starting on the next one if I feel like I need to. That way, I remember everything and don’t miss out on what’s going to happen next. I also like rereading books too because it feels like visiting an old friend. 🙂

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  3. Awesome Review…I am a huge fan of Mass… when i started reading Throne of glass.. I just couldnt stay away from the rest published parts… Read all five of them and still couldnt get my fill. M now just desperately waiting for Empire of storm.
    Initially I was also in Team Chaol, but not anymore… Now M just Team Aelin Ashryver Galathynuis… 😉

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  4. I love this whole series so I love reading any and all reviews. So glad you enjoyed it and happy to hear you’ve loved the second one too. It’s my favourite of the whole series so far. I have to admit I didn’t fully buy the whole world’s greatest assassin in Throne of Glass but I think she kind of proved it in Crown of Midnight. There’s one scene in particular where it goes a bit Kill Bill.

    It’s worth getting your hands on the prequel novellas as they explain a lot of the back story particularly around Sam.

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      1. I read it after the 4 books but I think you’re actually supposed to read it earlier than that. It doesn’t really give anything away so you could read any time but I think it would probably be best before book 4 as the back story to some of the new characters who pop up are explained in the prequels.

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  5. I’ve had mixed feelings towards this book—and I haven’t even read it yet. Many reviewers have said negative things about the MC, in that she acts like a brat, taking away that implication she’d be a badass assassin. Of course, I could think different, and I am a sucker for YA fantasy. So even though a lot of the reviewers I’ve read are bad, I might give it a try still. Great review!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂
      I’ve seen some bad reviews as well especially on Goodreads! MC is a brat sometimes, but it really didn’t take away from anything else for me. I really liked Celaena’s character. She is really witty and cocky. Maybe that’s why she comes off as a brat. You should give it a try especially since you love YA fantasy. 🙂

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  6. Great review 😊! I’ve heard so many great things about this series and I have a weakness for fantasy books. I think I’m going to need to finally give these a try lol.

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  7. I’m so glad you like this, I’m sure u’re gonna love the next book even more! I wasn’t really into ToG but Crown of Midnight just stole my heart! It is so good and there’s definitely so much more Chaol in it 😀

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