Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas ★★★



“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.


My thoughts:

So yes, I am on a Sarah J. Maas binge right now. I treated myself to a brand new copy *gasp* of this book to celebrate the fact that I have been very good in my book buying ban for months now. I celebrated, a book buying ban, by buying a book? YEAH. Sound familiar? Anyways, I loved the book so let’s get to it!

Firstly, I was actually surprised that I didn’t love this as much as ACOTAR for a first book. Granted, I do take into account that first books are there to establish the storyline and the characters and the world and the seemingly slow start makes sense. I found that it didn’t have enough magic for my liking. I usually don’t mind that but the whole magic-is-banned part is not very interesting. ALSO, the freaking love triangle is getting to me guys! I really hope it doesn’t become worse in the following books because I hate that trope with. a. passion. Other than that, it just felt a little lacklustre to me but of course I am still more than willing to read the whole series.

Her writing as usual, is very clean and she is good at getting the point across. Of course I noticed her numerous mentions of stars and the night sky and it just made me smile every time because during my binge with ACOTAR, quotes about the night sky is very close to me now. Celaena Sardothien is definitely my favorite protagonist within the Sarah J. Maas world though because unlike Feyre, she is way smarter and more independent and all that even at the start of the book. They are both awesome lady heroes though but for now? Celaena: 1

So that’s what my thoughts were! So far, none of the characters except Celaena has caught my attention and care. I hope this will be fixed as I get to the next books. Which won’t be until waaay later because I’m behind on my review books. Adulting + running a book blog + reading to put stuff on the blog? HARD. Any thoughts and tips on how you guys manage and prioritize reading? It’ll be interesting to know how everyone manages.

So, for all of you guys that has read this, what did you think of it? ToG vs. ACOTAR? And for the others, did I convince you to read it? *eyebrow waggle* Comment down below, let’s chat!


Lots of love,


24 thoughts on “Book Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas ★★★

  1. Vanessa says:

    Here is how I rate the TOG series by book.

    TOG: Okay??? That’s it.
    Crown of Midnight: I LOVE EVERYTHING.
    Heir of Fire: Okay??? Hmm this is different, but I kind of like it?
    Queen of Shadows: This is dragging a little and who is this Aelin? I’m not sure if….HOLY HELL WHAT IS HAPPENING
    Empire of Storms: Okay, enough with all the sex scenes, I’m about to DNF this mess….why is this a thing…HOLY HELL WHAT JUST HAPPENED. THIS IS MY FAV.
    Tower of Dawn: (Yet to read)

    For me, it’s a mixture of feelings. Some things really worked. Other things didn’t for me. It’s not perfect but the characters. THE CHARACTERS.

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      OH NOOOO. I was expecting awesome characters PLUS awesome storylines but I guess we can’t have it all can we? Oh well, I know that she writes GREAT characters so I have that atleast! Haha thanks for the heads up! I kinda have an idea now how the other books are 😁


      • Vanessa says:

        Well, the storyline is the same from Books 1-3 but a LOT happens in QOS #4 that drastically changes everything. So if you don’t mind getting use to some massive changes, it’s still a very exciting series as a whole. It’s not that the storyline is bad, it’s more that it becomes very different? I kind of like that it’s unpredictable. It kept me interested!

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  2. Justine says:

    ToG was woahh okay cocococoool.
    CoM was ahhhh I liked this better than the first!
    Heir of Fire? Honestly, I was skimming through parts.. and I haven’t picked up Queen of Shadows then. Maybe soon?

    For ACOTAR I just finished it. And I nod in agreement with you Caelena.

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  3. hannah @ peanutbutter&books says:

    the throne of glass series is super close to my heart because it was one of the first YA fantasy series I ever read. my reading preferences have evolved a bit over the years, and I haven’t reread ToG in such a long time! (I’m a little scared to because I’m afraid that I won’t love it as much as before </3)
    looking back, I can definitely acknowledge its flaws and the questionable parts of the plot. I'm so glad you enjoyed it though!! I feel like Sarah J. Maas can get a bad rep amongst some YA readers but she went a long way in popularizing female-centric novels in the YA fantasy genre ❤

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      Oh my, having Sarah J Maas as your first YA fantasy series isn’t bad! She’s definitely an awesome writer and her world building is good too! To be fair, this is her first book in the series so we can assume safely that the rest of the books will get better! If you ever do a reread I would love to know how it went! 😊

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  4. Sahi says:

    Tog is definitely my favorite over acotar as a series… there are so many characters here that I’ve come to love 😍😍😍
    Each book is so different from the other, that it kept me on my toes.. But Queen of Shadows is definitely my absolute favorite… it’s so full of action sequences that I was thoroughly entertained but the characters made me emotional as well… it’s definitely one of my all time favorite books…
    I hope you enjoy the whole series… just don’t get attached to any ships because you know how SJM will just ruin them 😜😜😜

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      Great to know it’s not a bad series at all! I’ll definitely be continuing the series because I did like the first book 😊 and yeah, I refuse to ship people in her books now because all I see are people tweeting about it nonstop when another story development happens! 😂

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      • Sahi says:

        I wasn’t much into the fandom while reading these books so I didn’t know what was coming…. I definitely had a hard time dealing with the sinking ships… but I’ve definitely loved the whole experience and these characters are like my best friends now 😊😊😊

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      • Sahi says:

        I think I didn’t start following a lot of bloggers until a few months ago, probably after I finished reading them.. I was only following Book tube a little and that’s how I even heard about these popular series… 😊😊

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      • Sahi says:

        Ohh that I agree…. I have loved being part of this community… it’s such an amazing feeling getting to know other ppl who are crazy about books just like I am… 😍😍😍

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