Review ~ Throne of Glass

Posted December 14, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Reviews / 42 Comments

Review ~ Throne of GlassThrone of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 7th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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4.5 Stars

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 three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. 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.

Review

So this is a book I never thought I would read. There is so much hype for this series. I don’t really read much fantasy and if I do I like to think I go for Fantasy Lite. The cover intimidated me. I honestly didn’t care about it. Then it went on sale on Audible. I have a fairly new found love of audiobooks so I thought why not? If it isn’t my thing then whatever. Well, it is totally my thing!

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So since I am the last human (ok maybe not human but probably the last book blogger) who hasn’t read or reviewed this book. SO I’ll make this short.

Top Three Reasons to Read Throne of Glass

Celaena Sardothien. This chick is killer. No I mean she is really a killer. An assassin. And not just and assassin but the best. She has mad skills. Kicker – she is only eighteen!!  She isn’t all killing and badassery though. She has feelings too. She wants friends. And maybe a little more??? She has the whole tragic past thing going for her too. Plus she loves books.

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The Men. There are two dudes who are the focus. Chaol Westfall, Captain of the Gaurd and good friend to the next guy – Prince Dorian. I can say I loved them both. They were so different. Prince Dorian was super charming and outgoing. Chaol is more serious and quiet. Still, I enjoyed each for what they brought to the story and Calaena. Plus they were bros.

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The Competition. As the blurb says Caleana is to be Prince Dorian’s champion in a competition to find the new royal assassin. No one knows who she really is and underestimate her since she is a girl. Then other champions start to die and no one knows who is doing it. I loved the idea of the competition in general but I think the added mystery of the killings really enhanced it. I was relly intrigued by all of this and where it went.

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Now I am waiting for my next Audible credit to get book 2. I need to gobble these up. You all say that this series gets better as it goes on and that makes me so excited!!!

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Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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42 responses to “Review ~ Throne of Glass

  1. I haven’t reviewed this series haha My co-blogger did though. And I recently read ToG and started CoM but haven’t continued. I hope to do it on the Clean the Slate readathon because I really want to read this series but idk why I got stuck. Which team are you?? So far I’m Chaol! But then, I haven’t met Rowan, I haven’t read book 3 which apparently could make me change teams *sighs* It’s sad really. This is why I need to read the series: for the sake of the ships!
    I knew Celaena would be badass but I had no odea she would be so cool! I love her character a lot and her sarcasm!
    Lovely review Grace!!
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  2. I felt the same way. The cover through me off. I was not sure I wanted to read this fantasy. I am so glad that I did, and that you finally caved as well. Now you just have to get caught up in the series. This is one of my favorite series of like EVER, so it is awesome you liked it too.
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  3. I have to make so time for this book. I haven’t read this series yet. I own it on kindle if that counts for anything. I have been wanting to read it for awhile but I just never seem to get around to it. I am glad to know that you enjoyed the audiobook. I think that I can pick this one for under $5 on audible since I already have the kindle edition.
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  4. Grace! I’m so happy you gave fantasy a try with this one. I have so many books I WANT you to read. I loved the first two books in the series, but I lost interest after the 3rd book. I don’t think I can handle the romance and the constant switching of love interests sadly. I’m just not built for that kind of romance. Anyways, I LOVED Celeana in this one myself too and the bromances were everything! I hope you’ll continue to love the series, Grace!
    Lovely review!
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  5. I really do need to start this! I have the audiobook too, and so many things hold me back from trying it (3rd person, heavy fantasy, the “teams” for the men…). It does sound fantastic though! Great review. 😀
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  6. Oh yay,I am so glad you enjoyed this! I loved the competition part too! The beginning was a little slow for me, and I thought I wasn’t going to care, but then I did get quite invested. I still need to be brave and read Queen of Shadows at some point 😉 But you are in for a treat with Crown of Midnight, it is amazing!!
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  7. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on this one, Grace. Like you, fantasy is NOT my genre of choice. I like your term: Fantasy Lite. Yeah, that’s pretty much as far as I go. But there is no denying the hype/love for this series, so last year I caved and read ToG. I liked it okay – but didn’t love it. And I almost feel like it might be one of those “it’s not you, it’s me” kind of things. Like I said, fantasy is not really my genre, and the hype may have given me truly unrealistic expectations. I enjoyed the two male leads (really loved Chaol!) and the training and competition. I was confused by the brief mentions/use of magic, though. The wyrd marks and the appearance of some woman (a goddess?) that appeared to Celaena. Maybe those get explained more in later books… I don’t know. I think I ended up giving it 3.5 stars and I never continued on with the series. However, I’ve heard the books only get better so maybe I should continue on with it this year. I’d love to get immersed in the story and love it like everyone else seems to!
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