Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake. She got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Celaena Sardothien has officially been added to my list of favourite fantasy heroines of all time. I liked her kick ass attitude, the sass and the fact that she loves dresses! It's not everyday you read of assassins who like dresses and parties. This made her realistic and relatable. And she loves reading! Her expression when she walks into the library was phenomenal. Though at times she does come of as annoying, I felt that just added a three-dimensional feel to her character. But I do admit that for an assassin, she does some dumb stuff. She doesn't realize it when people walk into her room and eats half a bag full of candies without even thinking they might be poisoned. Given the happenings during that time, I was actually worried if they might be poisoned. But despite the flaws, I like Calaena.

Dorian Havilliard is a precious cinnamon roll who must be protected at all costs. I love him. He was one of my favourite characters in the book. His character development is quite well written and did I mention I love him? He likes to read and he loves dogs. I mean, do you even need to ask why I love him? Why this whole fandom loves him? I wholeheartedly ship him with Celaena despite everything.

Chaol Westfall. Captain Westfall was probably the most mature person in the book. I like how loyal he is to his best friend Dorian and how he understands Calaena more than Dorian. But truthfully, I don't ship Calaena and Chaol. I like their friendship a lot. I can see the romance brewing. Can't say am too happy about that.

Nehemia is a powerful lady with so much potential. I liked the understanding and friendship between her and Calaena.

The blurb is pretty straightforward and tells you the gist of the plot. But there are some really good twists that I loved. Considering this is the first book of the series I understand the author is building the foundation here with the first book and expect the sequel to be more fast paced. And I actually liked the love triangle in this book despite not liking them in general. The final parts of the romance left me a bit confused though. i liked the world building though I would have liked more of it but then again, I'm expecting that in the sequel.

The writing was quite good. It is 3rd person with Calaena's PoV at most times. Sometimes the PoV shifts to other characters to give us a good idea of the events happening in the book. I still felt there were certain places where the writing wasn't descriptive enough.

- The characters
- The plot
- The romance
- Most of the writing

- Certain flaws regarding Calaena
- The writing at some points

Yes the book has it's flaws but I can tell you it's worth it. The story had me hooked at page one and I LOVED it. Can't wait to start Crown of Midnight!

My rating: 4 of 5

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  1. I LOVE your review Uma!! So glad you enjoyed this book!!
    I became Team Dorian after reading the other books, but Chaol was my favourite when I read Throne of Glass. I also love Chaol & Celaena's friendship :)
    I like those points you made about Celaena; she does do some dumb stuff despite being an assassin! I never noticed that before. Great points :)
    Hope you get to read CoM soon!

    1. Aww Thanks Amy :) Yes I'm really glad I loved the book too!
      Somehow Dorian sealed it for me..especially at the ball <3
      Actually I think since I read Nevernight recently, I was mentally comparing Mia with Calaena and that's when I realized the un-assassin things she does! :P
      I will get to CoM after I finish certain ARRs!

  2. I have just finished devouring this series in a matter of days! The books just keep getting better and better, and my love for all these characters just grew exponentially; and you're right, Dorian needs to be protected at all costs - he's just too precious.

    I hope you get to move on with the rest of the series soon:)

    1. LOL :P Yeah I think I'm gonna jump into the rest of the books too :) Oh yes Dorian is like a little puppy!! Thank you :)

  3. Lots of fellow book bloggers keep pointing this series my way, it seems to be like a winning one and, I must say, I'm really intrigued! Thanks for reminding me I should really try to make space for it, and very glad the story had you hooked like that! :)

    1. Oh yes! This is quite an awesome read despite it's small flaws! I hope you get to read it soon :)

  4. So so many people love this book, but . . . I'm not entirely sure about it. People have talked about how she doesn't act as if she's a bad ass assassin in pretty much all of the book, which kind of makes me cautious because I like reading about kick ass women who do uh, questionable bad ass things. I might give it a go though! Thanks for your review Uma x

    1. Yes I see what you mean and I did have a bit of a hard time picturing her as an assassin at some places but that doesn't mean she isn't kick-ass! She is a pretty strong character who I've grown to like :) And you're welcome! I hope you try reading it sometime!

  5. The rest of this series is on my list for 2017. I agree with your review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    1. Yay! I hope you like them :) You're welcome Olivia! :)

  6. Okay, okay..... I actually can't leave a decent comment yet.... I need you to read more and I need to see your thoughts and feelings. :) But this is a wonderful review and I've really enjoyed reading not only this, but all the books you review. I love your insights and the way that your reading has developed to be more critical and yet constructive.

    1. I know what you mean..ToG sets the premise but I'm guessing the actual stuff starts from book 2! Thank you :) Thanks amazing to hear! I'm glad I'm improving with my review writing :)


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