“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”


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.

Book Details

Hardcover, 404 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s (first published August 2nd 2012)
Original Title Throne of Glass
ISBN 1599906953 (ISBN13: 9781599906959)
Edition Language English
SeriesThrone of Glass #1
CharactersCelaena Sardothien, Chaol Westfall, Prince Dorian Havilliard, Princess Nehemia Ytger, Kaltain Rompier
Setting Rifthold, Adarlan
Literary Awards Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee (2015)

Personal Experiences

I loved this book. At first glance, I thought it was much like The Hunger Games but upon reading it, I believed it to be otherwise. It is a well written novel with a 13+ stamp branded on it.  I am not telling you which book to and not to read for your age, but I am legitimately warning you of the contents of this book. There is a ton of profanity, violence, as well as a few alcohol usage and frightening scenes. I’ll let you be the judge of weather you can read this or not.

Anyway. The book is really well written with quite a few plot twists, funny jokes, and in-depth characters. Maas is full of it all. 


“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”

“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

“How long was I asleep?” she whispered. He didn’t respond.
“How long was I asleep?” she asked again, and noticed a hint of red in his cheeks.
“You were asleep, too?”
“Until you began drooling on my shoulder.”

“My name is Celaena Sardothien. But it makes no difference if my name’s Celaena or Lillian or B***h, because I’d still beat you, no matter what you call me.”

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”

“Sometimes, the wicked will tell us things just to confuse us–to haunt our thoughts long after we’ve faced them.”

“No matter what happens,” she said quietly, “I want to thank you.”
Chaol tilted his head to the side. “For what?”
Her eyes stung but she blamed it on the fierce wind and blinked away the dampness. “For making my freedom mean something.”

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Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas," in {sereneharoon.com}, November 29, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/11/throne-of-glass/.

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