Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

3 out of 5 stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – 
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas Cover

I read Throne of Glass for the first time in 2015 if I remember that right. Now, to some, three years isn’t much of a difference. But to me, it is. In 2015, I was 16 years old. I am now 19 and three months away from 20. 

Now, I still have a lot to learn but in those couple of years, my taste in books has changed a lot. I have grown a lot as a person and I look for a lot more in the books I read. 

Back then, I rated Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 4 out of 5 stars. I have since taken down one star. Why? Because I reread the book in October 2018 as an adult.

When I reread the series, it kinda feels like Throne of Glass was written for another series. The story changed so much (for the better) and the growth of not only the characters but EVERYTHING is insane. 

Throne of Glass is the first of the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and like any pilot episode, the first of a series tends to be a bit awkward. I always picture Bambi trying to get to his feet. 

That’s why, now, 3 years later I rate Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 3 stars because I feel it could have been better, especially with the rest of the series now out. I wish there had been more focus on the actual story and a little less on Dorian and Chaol. I would have liked more on Kaltain and Nahemia. 

That being said, I also have a new appreciating for Caleana’s character. She’s a brat, she’s cocky. She loves attention and she likes smut and books on more intellectual topics. She also doesn’t look down on her looks.

She was, and still is, an achingly refreshing character because she is the antithesis of the usual female troupes. She said f*ck it to ‘beauty or brains’. Instead, she took beauty, brains, and brawn! She likes dresses, swords, books, and boys. 

I don’t think the whole Throne of Glass series should be judged off the first book. It’s a prologue, in my opinion, and while it is essential to the story, it doesn’t do it much justice. 

Do I still like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas? Hells yeah. I just think, when reading Throne of Glass, the reader should keep an open mind because there is still a lot to come. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is a lot more than the first book implies. 

Here is some fan Art of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas that makes me wanna read the books all over again. 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
This gorgeous piece of artwork is from the enormously talented Lexie from The Honest Book Club
She’s also on Deviantart and Tumblr
This beautiful piece of Elena Galathynius was done by Salome Totladze.

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