Throne of Glass (ToG #1): Book Review

I have been addicted to Sarah J. Maas. Like her series A Court of Thorns and Roses, I bought the current book in the series and I couldn’t remember what happened in the books. I picked up the series and I forgot how beautifully written and amazing these books where. Beware, spoilers may be revealed because I have a lot of thoughts in my head after this book!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Title: Throne of Glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Released: August 2, 2012

Pages: 404 (Hardback)

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 four 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.

About the Author: Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, is available now. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

My Review:

I forgot about what all happened in this book when I started to read it. I knew I had forgotten about some of the stuff but, god.

I connected with Celaena very easily. We both like to read and play piano. The whole scene where Celaena was playing the piano and Dorian was standing right behind her, I was dying inside. Dorian was learning more and more about this assassin, never in a million years would he guess she read and played piano. Celaena had a side to her that I feel like the first book doesn’t reveal. Celaena has a soft side, while she was going to competition to be the King’s Champion.

The King’s Champion is the person who gets to go and do all the dirty work for the king. If the king wants someone dead, the Champion is supposed to go and kill them. The king wants to have a competition to see who all could be the Champion. Among the Champions is a killer. Someone who is after them. Celaena, of course, has to try to figure out who it is because she doesn’t want to be next. More and more competitors are showing up dead as the Trials continue. Celaena is steps from her freedom in three years, as she finds out who the killer is. Cain.

During this part of the book, I actually had another person in mind of who could be doing all the killing: Nehemiah. Nehemiah showed up randomly at the beginning of the book. Celaena and her begin to get close, until one night, something happens in the library. Nehemiah came to the King’s land to learn their tongue. Celaena goes into the library and Nehemiah is talking and reading in that tongue. Celaena starts to wonder is she is a spy from her land and she is the one killing them all.

No one was supposed to Celaena’s true self. Celaena’s past life was pretty rough and she was pretty well known were she came from. Dorian and Chaol, came up with a plan to change her name to Lillian and say that she is a jewel theft. The plan worked for a little while, until everyone figured out her true identity. People had guess before hand about her but they really didn’t know for sure.

Right before the final Test, Celaena is attacked by Cain, who she learns is creating wyrdmarks to get the power from the dead competitors. I never really liked Cain from the beginning. There was something about his presence that was dark. He was stuck up and selfish.

Celaena gets attacked and little did I know that Nehemiah would be the person who helps her. Nehemiah goes and gives some power to Celaena to heal her, so she would be ready enough for final trial.

Like any book, there has to be a love triangle and in this case, it happens to be Dorian, Celaena and Chaol. Dorian and Celaena actually have their moments as boyfriend, girlfriend but I was hard core for Chaol and Celaena. The two of them just fit like a glove. They understood each other, cared for each other, and Celaena even puked on him. Yep.

Dorian on the other hand was the creepy, stalker boyfriend. You could see how much he truly love her but he did it in weird ways. He was always around her, wanted nothing to happen to her, and got her a puppy. Dorian could also be pretty rude at times as well.

Like most love triangles, Dorian and Chaol really didn’t get along that well. Dorian tried to be nice to Chaol but Chaol was rude to him. I understand the facts of why they didn’t like each other but they both had something in common: Celaena.

Dorian’s true love for Celaena came out through the last trial. Cain and Celaena were the last two people standing for the spot as Champion. Cain was beating Celaena up, and Dorian was watching the whole thing. He was expressing how much he didn’t want her to get hurt but he never did anything. His aunt, Elena, and Nehemiah go and try to save her from getting killed and helped her defeat Cain. Dorian not once went and defeated Cain, since it was Chaol who ended up killing Cain.

Dorian was a wimp to me. He listened to what others had to say, and never stood up for himself. Dorian let things get to his brain and it made him think differently about everything. Dorian’s dad didn’t care who Dorian was and made him do anything he wanted done. Dorian was the character that I just wanted to strangle and knock some common sense in his head.

One thing I loved about this book compared to most books I actually read is the fact that Sarah J. Maas includes the fact that girls get their periods. It has been forever since I last read a book that included that. That also happens to be my favorite part in the whole entire book because it was so out there. I would have never thought that would come right there, when it did because it was awesome.

The one thing I didn’t like about the whole entire fact that Phillipa was only in a few parts. Phillipa was supposed to help Celaena get ready and do a bunch of stuff to look and act like a lady. Nope. I think she got a total of 20 pages of the whole entire book. Surprisingly, I really liked her character as well. I really wished that I got the chance to know her better, along with both Chaol and Celaena.

Overall, I would have to give this book a 4.8 out of 5. The book would have been a 5, only if it didn’t include some of the stupidest parts of the book, including some of the characters and the fact that the King wasn’t there for the trials. I would have made sure he was at the trails, but in my head, I think he has something against her and he knows something. He is hiding something for everyone, maybe including Sarah J. Maas herself!

A TV Show?

Throne of Glass has been adopted by Mark Gordon for a TV Show through Hulu. Kira Snyderhas been asked to write the screenplay alongside Anna Foerster, the supposed director. The show will be entitled Queen of Shadows which makes sense but I really don’t understand exactly. The book series is called Throne of Glass which sounds pretty thrilling in the first part. But that is just me. You never know with other people.

The Sequel:

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Released: August 15, 2013

Pages: 418 (Hardback)

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Have you read this book? Have you been wanting to read this book? Do you like Sarah J. Maas? If you have read this book, are you team Dorian or Chaol? (My team comes up in like book 3!!!) What book are you currently reading? How is it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Happy Reading,

12 thoughts on “Throne of Glass (ToG #1): Book Review

  1. I love this cover much more than the other one…I don’t like the video game-looking characters on the covers of the rest of the series…how can she make such beautiful covers for ACOMAF and ACOTAR and give this series such blah ones? At least, that’s my opinion…
    Love the review! Still need to read this myself!


    1. I’m like you. I don’t really care for the covers of the series. I love ACOMAF and ACOTAR though. On the Throne of Glass covers, the characters just look so fake to me


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