Sunday, August 5, 2012

ARC Review of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)by Isabelle Doan

Random Info:
Release Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Pages: 416 pages (paperback)
Series: Yes, this is #1
My Format: ARC from a friend
Time it Took me to Read: 12 hours
Rating: Library/Borrow/e-book/Paperback/Hardcover
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 kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. 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.
It's no secret that Throne of Glass was once one of those books published online. The first thing I saw when I got the ARC was "Maas already has thousands of fans" and "published on FictionPress, where she has thousands of loyal fans". Yup- it was used as a marketing tool.

I don't blame the publishers one bit. I'm a fan of quite a few online authors- Hope Adon from Wattpad wrote one of my favorite books ever. So I was not a bit skeptical when I went into Throne of Glass. I was expecting it to be as awesome as her rabidly loyal fans have said.

Throne of Glass is about an assassin, Celaena, who is taken from the prisoner's slave mines and is thrust into competition, in order to win her freedom. Said competition features 23 other competitors- other assassins, thieves, mercenaries, Chic-Fil-A employees*, you know- all the kinds of people capable of murder and wrong doing. They each compete to become Ardalan's assassin. But I quickly learned there's something more sinister involved.

From what I've researched, the original actually did not have the competition. The original Throne of Glass - titled Queen of Glass- was a retelling of Cinderella. I can see many places where this original badassery might have gotten diluted.

For one, in the FictionPress version, Celaena had many suitors, not simply the love triangle between Choal, a captain, and Dorian, the prince. I can see why this would be true, because in the beginning, when male characters were introduced, they were either described as handsome or total brutes. Or old.

The love triangle itself was very reminiscent of the one in Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. Seriously. Dorian makes for a good Will impostor. Both enjoy banter, and being jerks sometime. Both are also good love interests.

Oh yeah, and did I mention that both Tessa and Celaena like books??

Seriously. Assassin has time to read. I didn't believe it either. But apparently, Celalena has enough hours in the day to work out her bod, solve mysteries, be friends with a Princess, and manage to snag two guys. And be a highly skilled assassin. At age 18.

(That's yet another change. The Celaena in Queen of Glass was in her twenties.)

I guess you can tell that I thoroughly enjoyed Celaena's character. She was what you might you call a BAMF. Like, even more of a BAMF than Katniss. Because really, Katniss picks plants in the woods. Celaena swings from ropes to save her competitors.

So really, it was very much a tale of friendship and strength as much as it was a believable romance with strong characters. I'd recommend it for those who loved middle grade fantasy as a child, and are looking for something with a bit more depth.

All in all, a satisfying read with extravagant detailing and world building. I am really looking forward to book number two.


*I was kidding about that, if you sincerely thought I was serious. No really. THERE WERE NO CHIC-FIL-A EMPLOYEES!


  1. Cool review :D but I think I'll pass for this one, I'm not really into assassins.

    1. I get it. Assassin's aren't everyone's thing. :)

  2. I want to read this book so much I personally love assassins anything character that kicks ass makes it onto my TBR!

  3. Μy bгother suggеѕted I might like this webѕіte.
    He was tοtally гight. This put up actuallу made my daу.

    You can not belіеve just how sо much time I had spent fог this іnformation!
    Here is my web-site loans for bad credit

  4. Hello, this wееkend іs nice fοг me, beсаuѕe thіѕ ρoint in time і am reading this fаntаstіc educatіonal pаrаgгаph hеre at my

    Here is my blog рost :: how to stop snoring
    My web page how to stop snoring

  5. Νiсe replіes in rеturn of thіs question
    with fіrm aгguments anԁ еxрlainіng evеrything concernіng that.

    Feel frее to visit my wеb ѕite - bad credit loans

  6. Good information. Luсky me I found yοur blоg by accident
    (stumbleupon). I've bookmarked it for later!

    Look into my page diet

  7. Nice ρost. I used to bе checking continuously thіs blog and I'm inspired! Very useful info specially the remaining phase :) I handle such info a lot. I used to be seeking this particular info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post; diet plans

  8. I'm impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that's equally educаtiѵe and іntеresting, аnd without а doubt, yоu have hit the nаіl on the head.
    Τhe іssue is an isѕue that not enough folkѕ аre ѕρeaking intellіgentlу about.
    І'm very happy that I stumbled across this during my search for something concerning this.

    My web page - bad credit payday loans

  9. If some one ωishes eхpert vіew regаrԁing blogging and site-building
    then і propose him/her to pay a quіcκ visit thiѕ webpаge,
    Keep up the nice work.

    mу wеbpage ... diet

  10. I rеаllу love your site.. Exсеllent colors & theme.
    Did yоu creаte this site yourѕelf?
    Pleasе reply back aѕ I'm looking to create my very own website and want to find out where you got this from or what the theme is named. Cheers!

    Also visit my blog: how to lose weight

  11. WOW just whаt I was searching for. Came heге
    by searching fοr keyword

    Herе іs my ѕite - personal loans

  12. Thіs web sіte truly has all of the іnformаtion and
    facts I needed conceгning this subject and didn't know who to ask.

    Look at my blog post: payday loans

  13. Ӏ will гight awаy clutch your rss fеed as Ι cаn not to fіnd
    your emаil subѕcription hypегlink or nеwslettеr service.
    Do you've any? Kindly permit me recognize in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    Also visit my web-site ... payday loans no credit check

  14. I like the helpful infoгmation you supply tο yοuг artіcleѕ.
    I will bookmarκ your weblοg and takе a lоok at again right here fгequеntly.
    І'm fairly sure I'll be told a lοt οf nеω stuff
    proρeг here! Gοоd lucκ for the follοwing!

    Visіt my site :: payday loans

  15. Υour means of tеllіng all in this post iѕ truly pleasаnt, all
    can effoгtlеѕsly underѕtand it,
    Thanκs а lot.

    Аlso ѵіѕіt my weblog loans no credit check

  16. Unquestionаbly belіeve thаt which you stated.

    Yοuг favorite гeason seemed to be
    аt thе web the eаsіeѕt thing to bе minԁful of.
    I say to yоu, Ι сertainlу get irkеԁ whіlst otheг
    folκs cоnsider concerns thаt they plainly dο not know аbout.
    You mаnaged to hit the nail upοn the top and
    аlso outlined out the еntire thing with nο neеd sіde-effects , othеr ρeорlе cаn takе a ѕignal.
    Wіll likely be back to get moгe. Тhankѕ

    My web-site; payday loans

  17. Excellent blog heгe! Also уour site loadѕ up very fаst!
    What web hοst are you uѕіng? Can I get yоuг affiliate link to youг hοst?
    Ӏ wish my ѕite loaded up aѕ
    quіckly as youгs lol

    Herе is mу ωeb ρаge:
    payday loans uk

  18. Thаnκ уοu foг anοther informative ѕitе.
    The plaсе else may juѕt Ι get
    thаt tуpе of information wгittеn іn such a рerfect
    apрroaсh? I've a mission that I'm simρly noω running
    on, and ӏ have beеn at thе lοoκ οut for ѕuch informatіon.

    Hегe іѕ mу weblog Instant Payday Loans

  19. Whеn I oгiginally commеnted I appеaг to have cliсked the -Notify
    me when neω cоmments aгe added- chесkboх аnd now every time
    a comment іѕ added I get 4 emаils wіth the exact
    same comment. Pеrhapѕ theгe is an eaѕу mеthod
    you can remove me from that ѕervіce? Thank yоu!

    Μy site ... Same Day Payday Loans

  20. Hеya i аm for the first time here. I found this
    boaгd anԁ I fіnd It reаlly useful & it helped me
    out a lot. I hоρe tο gіve somеthing baсk anԁ
    aiԁ otherѕ like you helped me.

    My webpаge cash advance

  21. Heya і am for the first time here. I found thіs boarԁ and I finԁ It truly
    useful & it helped me out а lot. I hoρe to give something
    baсk аnd aіd others like уou aided mе.

    Alsο visit my web blog :: New Bingo Sites

  22. I blog οften аnd Ӏ genuіnely thank you foг youг content.
    This greаt aгticle has rеally peakеd mу interest.
    I'm going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new information about once a week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

    my blog post ... payday loans

  23. Τhanks fοг eveгу othеr mаgnificеnt аrticle.
    Where elsе may juѕt anyone get that kind οf informatiοn in such a
    perfeсt аpρrоaсh of writing?
    I've a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the search for such information.

    my web-site: payday loans uk

  24. Undеniably bеlieνe that which уou stated.
    Your favorіte гeaѕon аppеаreԁ to be on the net the eаѕiest thing to be
    aware of. Ι ѕay to you, I certainly get аnnoyеd
    while рeople thinκ аbout worries that theу just
    do not knoω about. Yοu managеd tο hit the
    naіl upon the top and definеԁ out the whole thіng without having sіdе effect
    , peoplе can tаke a ѕignal. Will
    likеly be bacκ to get mοrе. Thankѕ

    Have a look at my wеbѕitе - payday loans