throne of glass – sarah j maas | review + discussion


Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Published August 2nd 2012 by Bloomsbury
Genre: young adult, fantasy, romance

links: Goodreads |* Book Depository – hardcover/paperback

rating: ★★★★


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?


This is my second time reading Throne of Glass and I enjoyed everything far more than I did the first time. My sentiments still stayed the same about the shipping situation. I don’t know who I prefer Celaena with. Both Dorian and Choal are great characters. They have different personalities yet clicked well together and with Celaena. But, it seems to me that Celaena doesn’t need either of them as a partner. Their status as her friend far outweighs their potential status as a lover for me.

Sarah J Maas’ writing is as descriptive as ever. I loved whenever she described the scene, it really helped me to visualise the place and the people in it. Fantasy books, especially the ones with magic in it, are my guilty pleasures and the magic in Throne of Glass has so many secrets and history, I want to unravel every layer of it already. Just from this first book, there’s hints about the richness of the magic in these lands. I can’t wait to dive into it in the future books.

Throne of Glass gave me similar vibes as, Sarah J Mass’ other series, A Court of Thorns and Roses. The magic seemed the same, and although they are set in different lands or possibly universe or dimensions or realms, but it felt like a familiar place.

Despite having the title “Adarlan’s most notorious assassin”, Celaena didn’t start off as badass as she was before she was captured and thrown into the Salt Mines. She had to go through arduous trainings to get her body back in shape after being tortured and malnourished in the Salt Mines. If this is considered an unpopular opinion, I actually liked that Celaena was thinking about boys and balls and gowns. You know, normal mundane teenage girl things that she couldn’t enjoy because she was trained to be an assassin since she was a young girl.

I’ve already read Crown of Midnight but I can’t wait for her to leave the castle and roam the streets with as much “freedom” as she can get. I want to see her assassin-ness in action. Will she do as what the king wants her to? What other secrets will revealed?


i love the magic in this series, i can’t wait till everything is revealed. i want to uncover every piece of legend and tales about this magical land already. i hated the fact that the king ordered everything about magic to be destroyed – the books, the lands and the people. or should i say “everything”. the history behind these lands is going to be rich and layered. i hope sarah j maas will do a wonderful job with this series. i loved acotar (specifically acomaf) so i have high hopes for the throne of glass series, especially with a badass heroine like celaena sardothien.

i need to know celaena’s background stories. N O W .

omg, someone left flowers outside her tent. SHE IS SOMEONE SPECIAL.

poor kaltain, i actually sympathise her. she was duped, so badly.

i can’t believe arobynn made celaena smash her own right hand so that she can train on her left hand. that’s fucking abuse?! SHE WAS ONLY 12 YEARS OLD.

i loved the first test scene. celaena was so badass with archery. the test scene when she saved nox was AWESOME.

how coincidental that the room she’s staying in (out of probably thousands of rooms in the castle) has the door to the hidden passages.

can i have stories about elena and gavin? they seem such a power couple.


The kick sent him flying, and his body crunched as it hit the floor and slid out the ring, instantly eliminating him. The hall was utterly silent.

“Mock me again,” she spat at Verin, “and I’ll do that with my sword the next time.” She turned from him, and found Brullo’s face slack. “Here’s a lesson for you, Weapons Master,” she said, stalking to him. “Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I’ll bother trying.”

^also loved this.



chaol giving celaena the ring was so cute (i still don’t know who i ship her with after this reread, gah). OMG DORIAN GAVE HER A FREAKING DOG?! SO CUTE!! and the way he babbled when she kissed him on the cheek. heheh.

poor dorian, he got siked by the little kid. thinking that he might get the good graces of the god during the yulemas ceremony, but duke perrington got it instead.


i looooooooooooved that celaena and nehemia finally told each other everything. THESE SECRETS WERE TEARING THEM APART. they’re so powerful when united, i LOVE IT

chaol offered his sword which was great but nehemia offering her wooden staff WAS EVEN GREATER.


She brought her mouth close to his ear. “My name is Celaena Sardothien,” she whispered. “But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or Bitch, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.” She smiled at him as she stood.

oh no chaol, ): he must feel freaking awful for killing cain. i mean, it’s cain and he tried to kill celaena. but it’s his first time killing someone, right?

nehemia knows celaena HAS MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.

how is the obsidian ring doing so many evil things? whose rings were these? was it the dark lord’s?????

so celaena broke off with dorian after so long? i understand her rationale but i feel bad for him.



“Courage of the heart is very rare,” she said with sudden calm. “Let it guide you.”


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