Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas || This is a basic story with an assassin who won’t assassin

Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass #1

Sarah J. Maas

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 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.

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children

Published: August 7th 2012



So, I read this a while ago. And I can firmly say that this was a pretty basic book— Celaena was not the badass that was advertised, but I was entertained, which is something.

Keeping it short because I don’t remember much ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Celaena is taken out of Endovier to participate in a competition to be the Crown Princes’ royal assassin. Though during the time spent in the castle before the event starts, contestants start ending up dead and… she has to Sherlock her way through the mystery of who’s murdering people without getting murdered herself.


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Again, I read this a few years ago and not much stuck with me— this wasn’t anything special. Everything was underwhelming and there’s not much assassining coming out of Celaena either. But, she was a cool character… if not a bit bland.

Because I swear not much happened. I think what pissed me off the most was how she’s claimed to be the “most badass, feared assassin in all of assassin land” how many times can I say assassin? and we get none of that. This was the worst case of show not tell. 

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And I can’t lie, the actual whodunnit plot point… was uninteresting? And though it’s a big part of the story, we also get Celaena eating candy and walking around the castle for the majority of the book, too. I mean… fine, cool, whatever, bu =t you couldn’t ask me to care.

The… love interest? You know what, he’s not going to be called a love interest here because nothing happened between them and it wasn’t going anywhere. It was very instalovey and superficial. But maybe that’s the point? I don’t know???

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I’ve notice a lot of people being bothered by Celaena sitting around in nice dresses, playing the piano-forte and eating sweets instead of, you know, being an assassin. I think I didn’t put too much stock in her actually being this badass enough for it to bother me.

The thing that actually kind of irritated me was the whole retelling of Cinderella thing. Because I saw no Cinderella in here. And if I have to reach, it’s not worth it. This isn’t really a re-readable book, but despite all the griping I’ve been doing, I did have mindless fun. So there’s that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.


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