Review: Throne of Glass

3.75 out of 5 stars

Assassins, magic, girl power, and the required YA love triangle done quite well, thankyouverymuch. I’m so late to the cool kids club, last fangirl on Earth to read Throne of Glass. Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Mass (Throne of Glass #1)

I’m going through this series so quickly, it’s hard to remember what happens when! I’m also listening to them, so I had to look up spellings. (Boy, are they weird.)


Celaena Sardothian is an 18 year old girl, and formerly the top assassin in the kingdom of Aderlan. (I definitely expected that to be spelled “Otterlyn.”) Captured and enslaved, she is plucked from the salt mines (literally) by Crown Prince Dorian Havilliard to compete as his entry in a wicked game: a contest to become his father the King’s champion. The captain of the King’s Guard, and Dorian’s boyhood friend (of course), Chaol Westfall, oversees Celaena’s transport from the land of certain death back to the palace in Rifthold.

Celaena looks like a turquoise-eyed Danaerys Targaryen – the hair must come free when you buy an “ae” vowel combo. Dorian looks like Matthew Daddario, if he had his sister’s sapphire eyes. These specific colors are repeated about 250,000 times.

For those of you keeping score at home, here’s what to register for at your wedding, if you marry Celaena or Dorian. Unless they marry each other, I’m not done with the books yet. Either way, peacock not included.

Someone posted their dream TOG cast online, and this punched me right in the heart:

I added the circle as the MS Paint equivalent of screaming “BELLAMY!” then charging a horde of Grounders. [WTF is she talking about? Immediately watch CW’s The 100 on Netflix. Come back in 71 episodes.]

I won’t recap the rest – it’s too confusing anyway, just read it. Throne of Glass is action-packed, angsty, magical, and, for a Sarah J. Mass novel, very tame on the sexy times. No worries about listening to this one in the Dunkin’ drive-thru lane! It did make me long a bit for Rhysand, or even (hiss) Tamlin.

[WTF is she talking about? #2 – See Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses]

GLASS3This is a very strong start to a series, and reads like someone who would later craft the impossibility epic A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Celaena is very likable, in her anger and sass, and in her guilt and vulnerability. (+1,000 points for having a dog.) Dorian and Chaol are worthy, if inevitable, points on the lurve triangle. The competition which roots Celaena to Rifthold is pretty contrived, but SJM layers enough in around it to forgive the story a single weak plot device. As usual, her writing shines when she delves into the twisted, intricate history of the world she has created. Aurelia has a past lost to legend, and reads like it could have been similarly lost to us.

Not-Really-a-Spoiler alert: Celaena lives. Heroes never die in Book One! What is this, Game of Thrones? Sarah J. Maas would never give us only one book. She’s got worlds inside her mind, and much like Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol, we’re all lost in them, hoping to survive.


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