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Book Review: Throne Of Glass is the Start to an Unmissable Series

Book Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas is the Start To An Unmissable Series

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas is undoubtedly one of the most popular YA series out there at the moment. With the recent release of Empire of Storms, I thought it was finally time to give in and see what all the fuss is about. I thought that there was no way this book could ever live up to hype that surrounds it – but it did, and then some. 

Read on to find out why I loved it… 

Throne of Glass follows the story of protagonist Celaena Sardothien, Adarlan’s most famous and most dangerous assassin. Sent to the deplorable prison Endovier to pay for her crimes, she is then tracked down by the Crown Prince, who offers her a deal she cannot say no to.

Dorian, the Prince, nominates Celaena as his champion in a gruelling competition to fight for the title of the King’s Champion – but more importantly, her freedom. Should she win the competition, she will be forced to serve the king for four years before being granted her freedom again.

The champions are made up of soldiers, criminals or noblemen, but they all have one thing in common – they are the best at what they do. For most, that means fighting and killing so Celaena must keep her wits about her. 

I loved Throne of Glass for a multitude of reasons but number one has to be Celaena herself. It’s been a while since I have been so in awe of a character and so desperately wanted to be them/their friend/THEIR SLAVE. When people ask which character you’d most want to meet in real life, I often struggle to think of someone from my recent reads, but not anymore.

Celaena is a strong female lead, and pretty much instantly became my favourite female protagonist. She’s intelligent, headstrong, witty and fierce; everything you’d want from your story’s heroine. She is not just fighting for her freedom but also her life but she isn’t the sort of person who’ll tear down anyone in her path.

Underneath her tough exterior she is kind and compassionate. There is a warm heart underneath all her frosty layers and we see often see it come out when her friends or love interests are around. 

It’s been a while since I’ve read a young adult romance and not cringed. I haven’t added any new book boyfriends to my list in what is probably years and yet I now have two new additions thanks to Sarah J Maas. The biggest question running through my head when reading this was: Dorian or Chaol? DORIAN OR CHAOL? Dorian is the Crown Prince and Chaol is Captain of the King’s Guard. Best friends, but very different people. Both of them are smitten with Caelena but to harbour emotions for a known criminal and assassin, hated by the King, is a very dangerous game. 

What’s great is that the romance doesn’t take over the whole plot and is still very much a side story. Celaena’s number one goal is to win this competition for herself and she doesn’t get sidetracked by charming princes or muscular captains. She knows what she wants in life and she enjoys herself along the way, but these men don’t have a hold over and she’s still fiercely independent. 

In addition to the champions competition and the side romances, there’s also an element of fantasy and mystery. A terrible monster lurking in the castle and champions keep turning up dead. At first people think that the champions are slyly killing off each other outside of the arena. But after just one look at the mangled bodies of the victims and you’ll see that there’s actually something much scarier out there. Celaena tries her hardest to focus on the competition at hand but magic calls to her and she has to try and figure out what other plans are in motion behind the scenes.

To conclude, this debut novel is practically flawless and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of fantasy. This story has romance, adventure, magic, duels – all that you could want from a book really. There’s an element of realism to Throne of Glass that a lot of young adult stories lack and that sets this book far above the rest.

You’ll fall in love with Celaena from page one and find yourself tirelessly rooting for this young and admirable assassin. If you don’t also fall for either Chaol or Dorian (maybe both?) then you obviously don’t have a heart. In short, don’t miss out on this phenomenal young adult series. 

Buy Throne of Glass: 
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If you liked this post, check out these:
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Rebel of the Sands by Alyssa Hamilton
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Top 10 Series I’ve Been Meaning to Read but Haven’t

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. Laura Rocksteady
    17th September 2016 / 4:45 PM

    Oh I have never heard of this but it sounds really interesting and something I would enjoy – can’t seem to get my head around that the name sounds so much like Game of Thrones though

    Laura x

  2. Christine Dodd
    17th September 2016 / 6:07 PM

    My interest was piqued by the title as I thought it was something to do with Game Of Thrones. Sounds like a good read.

  3. Nikki Hamilton
    17th September 2016 / 6:48 PM

    I also thought this was in relation to game of thrones hehe. Sounds like an interesting book!

  4. Nayna Kanabar
    17th September 2016 / 7:24 PM

    what an interesting book , I am not much of a reader but tend to only read when on holiday.i will add this to my reading list.

  5. bc21578
    17th September 2016 / 9:36 PM

    Never heard of Sarah J. Maas before. “Romance” is a Wild Flag song!

  6. 17th September 2016 / 10:04 PM

    This has been on my Amazon wishlist for ages but I just have so many books to read (story of my life) x

  7. 18th September 2016 / 12:28 AM

    I’ve never heard of this series. It sounds so good though, will be putting it on my wishlist!

  8. Mandie Elizabeth Leek
    18th September 2016 / 4:35 AM

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds really intriguing. I struggle with concentrating when reading due to medication but I may see if it’s on audible as I’m very keen to find out more!!

  9. Jessica
    18th September 2016 / 12:25 PM

    Just saw this once in Amazon and been thinking If I will give it a try or not. I guess I will after reading this.

  10. Kacie
    18th September 2016 / 12:31 PM

    Great book! I’ve heard about this title before and it sounds like a gripping storyline.

  11. Melissa Zia
    18th September 2016 / 8:23 PM

    Sounds like a great read, I’ve put it on my book wishlist 🙂

  12. Melanie Edjourian
    18th September 2016 / 9:13 PM

    It sounds like an interesting read, I need a new book for bedtime.

  13. Working Mum
    18th September 2016 / 9:43 PM

    This sounds really interesting. I don’t usually read novels and tend to go for biographies. Enjoyed your review and might pick this for my autumn/winter reading list. Thanks

  14. lexhan
    18th September 2016 / 11:03 PM

    Not a book or novel person but this is great review in class standard.

  15. Mai C.
    19th September 2016 / 7:08 AM

    It sounds like an awesome book to read. I’ve always liked fantasy novels and as soon as I read the description I was sold! It’s really interesting and I’d love to read it.

  16. Tania Potter
    19th September 2016 / 10:55 AM

    I haven’t read this, but it sounds like there is some depth to the story. I enjoy fantasy novels and love reading series so this is off to a good start.

  17. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    19th September 2016 / 11:28 AM

    I love the sound of this – adding it to my to read list now

  18. Rashmi & Chalukya
    19th September 2016 / 3:26 PM

    Throne of Glass book soon interesting with a strong female lead like Celaena and a story full of mystery and twists. Would love to read it,

  19. Jolina
    19th September 2016 / 7:06 PM

    It is definitely in my to-read list. I love YA sci-fi fantasy. Though I must admit, after the hunger games, the bar was set pretty high! How does this compare?

  20. 19th September 2016 / 10:24 PM

    Celaena sounds like such a cool character. I’d love to see for myself all the reasons you liked her so much.

  21. Carrie Chady Rundhaug
    20th September 2016 / 8:06 AM

    This sounds like such an interesting book! I think I have already added it to my TBR list on goodreads!

  22. bc21578
    20th September 2016 / 11:45 AM

    “Assassins” is a Geto Boys song! Two characters I’d like to meet in real life: Junior from “Problem Child” and Gil from “The Fan.”

  23. Julie Wright
    20th September 2016 / 12:41 PM

    I have yet to read empire of the storm, but have been sucked in by the hype over the last couple of years.
    This first book is really great, but I feel that it is going on too long now, just be done already!

  24. 20th September 2016 / 3:16 PM

    That’s an interesting plot of a book. I didn’t hear about this series before but does sounds interesting. It seems like there are a lot of points of action and a lot to focus your attention on.

  25. Beautyqueenuk
    20th September 2016 / 8:54 PM

    I have never heard of this stories and I am not sure it is for me, it has clearly caught the interest of many x

  26. Mary Welby
    20th September 2016 / 9:09 PM

    I’ll have to check this out. It sounds interesting and I’m always looking for new books.

  27. Anamika Ojha
    21st September 2016 / 6:42 AM

    Great review without any spoiler alert! I’ll definitely check this book once I’ll finish ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series as I hardly get time to read these days!

  28. ThisKenyanTraveler
    21st September 2016 / 12:03 PM

    I will add this to my reading list as it sounds interesting

  29. Rose Sahetapy
    21st September 2016 / 5:29 PM

    Even though I’ve never read the Throne of Glass series but I like the character of Celaena as you review here. I enjoyed your review and might put this book on my reading list.

  30. 21st September 2016 / 7:23 PM

    I have to say, I find so many YA books are so much more creative and really engaging to read than a lot of books meant for adults, so I frequently like to find out about the new big things. This sounds right up my street!

  31. 22nd September 2016 / 7:58 PM

    I’ve never heard of this series but it sounds like a very interesting book! Well written post!

  32. 24th September 2016 / 6:22 PM

    Very interesting, I enjoyed your post, definitely adding this to my reading list

  33. 25th September 2016 / 9:00 PM

    I love YA novels and Celeana sounds like a fantastic YA character, especially since she is so strong yet compassionate too.

  34. beautykinguk
    27th September 2016 / 10:42 AM

    You can most definitely tell how much you enjoyed this through the review, I have personally never heard of the series.

  35. 27th September 2016 / 10:46 AM

    I’ve never heard of this author or series before but it sounds really gripping.

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