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Throne of Glass



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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Celaena Sardothien may be young in years, but she has seen more than most men twice her age. She was raised to be an assassin and until her capture and imprisonment in the salt mines of Endovier, she was known as the Assassin of Adarlan and feared the world over. No one lasts long in the mines, and when she is offered the possibility of release in exchange for a mandatory, four-year conscription as a hired assassin to the king who conquered and enslaved her people, she has no choice but to comply and play a brutal game to win back the chance at freedom. In order to succeed she needs to outfight, outplay, and outlast 23 men in a competition that many would not survive. There are other forces at work as well: an ancient and outlawed magic that she doesn’t understand; fellow competitors turning up murdered; and the three very different men who are attracted to her and frightened by her. Maas has created a strong and sympathetic character in Celaena, who is able to best men in a fight but is laid low by the return of her monthly cycle. The world-building is complex, as is the political intrigue. Fans of Tamora Pierce will find a lot to love here and will wait eagerly for the next installment.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.


–This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Additional information




Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition August 7 2012

Publication date

August 7 2012



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9547 KB



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Print length

415 pages



9 reviews for Throne of Glass

  1. That 70s gal

    so flawed in so many ways…This book (series) was highly recommended to me as an exciting page-turning read while I was recovering from surgery. The only reason I finished the book was so that I could provide my viewpoint to my friend based on the full plot, which was predictable and laughable. Seriously? A deadly assassin prepping for a life or death battle and all she could do is whine over not being invited to castle feastivals or fret over whether the prince — son of the tyrant who murdered her family — likes her! The plot twists were so obvious I couldn’t wait to get to the big reveal at the end just so the book would be over. Don’t waste your time. There are so many better female fantasy writers out there. Try Anne Bishop’s “The Pillars of the World”; Sharon Shinn’s “Twelve Houses” series or Robin Hobb’s “Asssassin’s Apprentice” or “Mad Ship” trilogies instead.

  2. KPoulin

    A series for all ages!!!Okay, truth…my daughter is 10 and in the 5th grade. Grandpa, an avid reader like myself, went out on a limb and bought the book for her last Easter. We struggle to find books that are in her 8.4-9.5 reading level, have age appropriate content with a plot she has the life experiences to connect to and comprehend, that are also challenging AND interest her…tall order. We have read all the popular series – adore Harry Potter, of course; tore through the “Greggor the Overlander” series, etc. – so even though in previewing the series I noticed it contains some very minor-vanilla…no F-bombs or S$$T level, mature-type language, and there are a couple scenes that hint at an intimate relationship in book 2 (trying not to spoil books), I gave the book a green light. We started reading it together, taking turns reading aloud, and were BOTH immediately, read 30-40 pages at a time, wake up needing to see what happens to Celena, come home from school hoping to fit in a read and “see what Celena has gotten up to now” before dance, hooked like I have never seen her before!!! And while she is an awesome reader, she is not, by any means a sit & read person, preferring to dance, sing, socialize, game, etc…yet another challenge to add to the list. The challenged are important to note because the way Maas has crafted the characters has achieved what NO OTHER series has for my daughter, and that is to draw her in to the point she NEEDS to keep reading, every single day. The characters are beautifully developed to the point where my daughter was crying when she thought her favorite character died, and was angry at who did die. Maas has painstaking developed 3-dimensional characters that are ever evolving, and that are relatable to all ages. She has also created an entirely new setting that is similar enough to other books of the same genre, like Hunger Games (she has read/watched all), yet it is entirely new & fresh. The writing is clear & thought-provoking, and she weaves in asides & flashbacks that challenge and engage readers. We have had the most incredible conversations and my daughter has made multiple connections to other texts, movies, life, and especially music/song lyrics while reading. These connections are the reason I personally & professionally recommend the series to children beginning at age 10 who are reading at a 6.5-7+ grade level, primarily due to the challenging vocabulary. The twists and turns, the co afflicts & themes, character interactions, vivid & selected detailing, and obviously careful/thoughtful word choices make this series, in my opinion, an award winning, best selling series. As a reading specialist and 18 year veteran teacher of struggling readers, I fully give not just this book, but the entire series 5 stars! I could rave on and on…but I don’t want to give away a single detail and only, sincerely hope what I have shared has piqued your curiosity enough to give the series a try yourself, along with a loved one, and that through sharing our personal experiences with the books I have helped answer the question of reader age appropriateness & interest level. Buckle up…it’s a wild, wonderful ride through Adarlan!

  3. YFL

    let me tell you that I LOVED Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorn and Roses …First, before I’m hung by all the fans, let me tell you that I LOVED Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorn and Roses series. That is why when I came into this one it felt like such a huge let down. In essence, I could care about these characters more, but I just don’t. I feel like I’m not given enough to care about them at all. Caelena could be very interesting, I mean, she’s a freaking assassin, and yet, she’s not given enough emotions, background, character, for me to give a damn. The story in this book is also very lacking. There are so many other ways that this could have been so much more interesting. It feels like such high stakes for her, but I don’t feel it. It feels like she’s just going to win, from the beginning. In ACOTAR I knew Feyre was going to triumph, it was that kind of story, but the journey was so much more interesting. It may also be that this book is written for a much younger audience, but I don’t think so. I read YA all the time, and this felt flat compared to her other work. I feel like the depth into the characters and story is just not there, which left me regretting I even started it. I’m glad that I bought the single book and not the series, because I would have wasted my money. Someone said on YT that it picks up around book 3, but who wants to stick around for 3 books before getting the kind of satisfaction that you want from the beginning. I feel that Sarah J Maas must have grown as a writer, because she did with ACOTAR what she couldn’t do with this one, learning from its mistakes. As a writer, thank you, so I can learn from yours.

  4. Jonathan Wood

    Prefer a bit more depth and maturityThis book was really in between three and four stars for me. Three stars means I finished the book but won’t read any more in the series while four stars means I like the book and will read the next in the series. I just finished Throne of Glass and will have to wait a while before I know if I want to continue the series or not. It seems to be a young adult book, which is fine, but that shaves a bit of realism off usually, especially about sex or violence. The main character is this series, Celaena, is just a bit too amazing for my tastes. She’s a great character, trained as an assassin and very self-confident about her skills, but she’s also got a soft heart for those treated badly by society. She has romantic feelings for two of the main male characters, which leads to conflicts and shows that she’s not very mature when it comes to relationships. She can play piano very well, speaks another language well and has no doubt that she can defeat a brute of a man in a contest to see who is the most powerful. I think I got just a little tired of Celaena’s boasting and also being so nice considering she’s actually an assassin. The plot is fairly good and there are the usual bad guys to go along with the good ones. There is action which is fairly well drawn, but my overall impression of the book is that it’s a little too sweet and simple. Unless I find myself thinking about the characters more and more over the next few days and wondering what will happen to them, I think I’ll give the rest of the series a miss.

  5. Nari V

    Very mediocre offeringThis is an awful book, don’t buy it thinking its a fantasy nivel because its actually a historical romance thinly masquerading as something more complex . The author has piggybacked on the current wave of fantasy novels with strong female protagonists, with her central character described as ‘the worlds best assassin’ with ongoing hints about a dark back story throughout the book. But sadly it fails to live up to any expecations. All the characters are two dimensional and trite, and the story is extremely weak. I just didn’t care about any of them at all by the end. The most descriptive parts of the book focus on what Celeana looks like or is wearing or the increasingly boring love triangle between her, the dashing captain of the guard or the handsome prince. I’m annoyed I spent nearly £5 on it!

  6. Amazon Customer

    Bad Reviews are missing the pointI have read the entire series and absolutely loved it. Yes the first chapter was a little slow but that is because SJM is introducing a new world. She has to help everyone understand it. Secondly everyone saying Celaena is the best then how comes she got caught – that’s the whole point and if you read it properly you will see that she has a very good reason for getting caught. The so called “plot holes” are not plot holes, they simply prepare questions to be answered in the next book. Get a couple chapters in to where they prep for the competition and you’ll be wanting to know more. The series as a whole is fantastic (It gets better and better with every book) I promise that. SJM always blows your mind. Accept that she has done a more sassy character than most YA books (where would the fun be in repeating characters all the time?). Accept that this is the new world. And if you read Assassin’s Blade (mini short stories) then you will see exactly why she is the best if you cannot get past the whole she got caught but had a very good reason thing.Strong characters. Strong plot (leaves some of it open for book 2). Good pace. Good attention to detail. Just keep reading, I promise you will fall in love with the series.

  7. Tasha Ní Mhiacháin

    Five stars is simply not enough.I’m genuinely struggling to put into words how gripping and compelling this story truly is.When it comes to novels based in new worlds I normally struggle to get gripped on the story, but from page one I could easily see the world Sarah masterfully created. And from page one I was hooked.It’s the kind of novel I couldn’t wait to finish, but at the same time I didn’t want to read it as it came to an end.Sarah created a new world, one full of mystery and wonder. The story had me hooked so much that I went through the motions with the characters, I laughed, flushed, cringed, and cried throughout.The third person, head-hopping writing perspective is becoming a new favourite reading style for me, it gave a broader outlook on the story as a whole, and gave a closer look at the characters.Celaena, she wasn’t what I expected, in a pleasantly surprising way. It became quite clear early on that those in her close company could only grow to love her as I did. She was written so well she didn’t feel like a character in a story.I feel like she is a good judge of character, so when she liked someone I was immediately drawn to them, and when she hated someone I felt that too.“When she missed – well, even the fires of Hell couldn’t compare to the rage that burst from her mouth.”This has to be my favourite description of Celaena written from Dorian’s point of view. I laughed, probably harder than I should have, but that moment was completely priceless.I love Dorian, Chaol, Nehemia and Elena in equal measure. I hope to see Nox again too.I truly cannot wait to get lost in Sarah’s world once more in Crown of Midnight, also, how amazing is the cover artwork on these novels?!

  8. SheReads

    Fun protagonist and gripping magic systemThrone of Glass has been on my list for a long time and I FINALLY got around to reading it. I really enjoyed it, and binged the last half of the book because it was so gripping.Celaena, a captured assassin, is blackmailed into participating in a competition to become the King’s Champion. If she wins, she’ll serve as Champion for four years and then be granted her freedom. But the road to winning the competition is filled with obstacles, not least because someone is murdering all the other contestants. As Celaena digs into the Kingdom’s history, she uncovers dark magic that shouldn’t exist anymore. Can she figure out how to stop it before the murderer comes for her? Oh, and the Prince is handsome, too. But she can’t fall for him. Not after what his family did to her lands. Can she?I thought Celaena was an intriguing protagonist. She has a lot of interests and she’s amusing to read. She does come across as three-dimensional, but a lot of what’s made her who she is seems to have happened off-page so I get the feeling I’ll have to read the next three books to fully figure her out. I agree with other comments that she bounces around from being deadly and wielding swords to being girly, wearing dresses and swooning over princes. But she’s also a teenager, so I think you have to take that into consideration.The ending was satisfactory and whilst there isn’t a great deal of pressure to continue reading the series, it’s definitely not a stand alone. I felt like there was a good round up of the competition and the dark magic Celaena found, but yes, if you start this one, you’re probably in it for the long haul.That said, the world is well constructed and I would be happy to read on. Give it a go if you’re looking to dip your toe into a strong fantasy world. (Then maybe your ankle, knee… and well, you get the picture…)

  9. eloise.reads

    A book about a VERY beautiful assassinCelaena Sardothein is an 18 year old assassin who finds herself 12 months into hard labour at a salt mine, knowing that she has no way out. She watches those around her die, wondering if she will face the same fate.Out of the blue, she is summoned by the Prince of Adarlan who offers her freedom provided she wins a competition to become the King’s champion. If she beats the other contestants across the gruelling tests, she will become the King’s assassin for a number of years before she finds herself free. Faced with sure death or a chance a freedom, Celaena knows this is her only choice.Training and enduring the tests at the castle don’t seem to be going too badly for Celaena, however one day one of the competitors is found dead with no explanation.Celaena now not only needs to win the competition, but also avoid facing the same death as her fellow competitor faced and see if she can uncover what is going on.OK – so I didn’t love this book and I’m really sad about it. Having loved Sarah J. Maas’ ACOTAR series, I had seriously high hopes and I think that perhaps nothing will ever compare for me!Celaena is supposed to be a well known assassin, the best of the best who has trained from a very young age. However, I really didn’t see that in her character, she soon became consumed with the fancy gowns and life she was living with two handsome men and very quickly seemed to forget her assassin type nature. Early on in the book, it was made very clear how beautiful Celaena was… this was repeatedly made clear throughout! It seemed she was so beautiful that people (including herself!) forgot how dangerous she was and Celaena even got to the stage she was smug with it that when someone didn’t make it clear that they found her beautiful, she didn’t know what to make of it! I was not a fan of this side of her character.The book felt a little slow for me to begin with, a lot of character and scene development which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I needed more to happen. Things did happen, but nothing grabbed me until about 60% of the way through which, in my opinion, is a little TOO slow.I enjoyed the last 40% or so of the book and know I will read the next one as I’m keen to find out where the story goes next! Not my favourite but I hope I will like it more as I read the series further.

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