Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

So I decided to go for a little different book this time, with Throne of Glass, by the way if you click on the link, it takes you to the book on This story is somewhat Paranormal in that it deals with the mystical Fae and Sorcerers but the story centers around a young Assassin named Celaena. She was taken in by the King of Assassins as an eight year old when he found her clinging to life after jumping into an icy river to escape from whomever killed her parents. At the beginning of the book she is serving her sentence in Salt Mines of Endovier as a slave, serving out the sentence handed down on her from Adarlan’s King. She is giving a chance by the Crown Prince Dorian to take up a challenge to be the King’s Assassin and earn her freedom. She is taking to the King’s Castle made of glass, like our modern day buildings the glass is only on the outside of the building, the inside is still stone, where she meets the other candidates for the King’s Assassin. We follow her training with Chaol, Captian of the Guard, and watch her struggle with her identity as she wars with her natural instinct to kill the Crown Prince and the Captian of the Guard and her feelings that grow for both. She also finds a friend in the rebellious Princess Nehemia, who is from another land that was taken by the King or Adarlan. As if it wasn’t enough that she was fighting killers and brutes much larger than she is, there is a dark magic haunting the castle and a Queen from the past who demand her attention as well. Will Calaena become the King’s Assassin or will she succumb to the dark magic that wishes to claim her?
I enjoyed this book for the constant adventure and the turmoil you find Caleana in. She finds herself struggling to put into perspective what is right and what she was trained to do. She also struggles with her identity and hiding who she really is. Magic has been banned from the country and if they find out who she really is, being sentenced for being an assassin would pale in comparison to what she would suffer if they found out her true identity. The only part I really did not enjoy about the book is her constant thoughts in the beginning of how she would kill someone who angered her, the first few times it was ok but then it seemed to go on and on. What do you think?

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4 Responses to Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

  1. gemmafeltham says:

    This review has really brought this book to my attention! So many of the themes are very typical of what I would pick up in the bookstore or on amazon kindle. I love the paranormal element in anything- including Wuthering Heights- and the Queen from a past is a very intriguing concept though you didn’t give too much away so leaves the reader plenty to be surprised at first hand =)

    • Thank you. I found the book intriguing. I sometimes find it hard to balance my deisre to talk about different parts of a book and not giving too much away, so that a reader is surprised. Believe me, this book has so many twists and turns that I had to read it twice to understand some of the intricacies. The characters are well developed and I find myself rooting for both of the men in her life, I like them both equally. I know the author has more short stories out about the protagonist’s life before Throne of Glass and I may read them to better grasp her world.

  2. This was one of my favorite books of 2012! I loved Celaena and I felt like this book had so much to offer–romance, mystery, fantasy, etc. Did you know that the author has some novellas for the series on Amazon?

  3. Yes. There are several novellas that talk about her life and adventures prior to Throne of Glass. I have not had the opportunity to read them but hope to soon.

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