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Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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Goodreads Description -
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?

Review - No spoilers 

*Thank you Bloomsbury for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion in any way.*

This book is now one of my favourite books ever. I loved it so much that I have heaps to say but I just can’t get it into words so I apologize in advance if this review is a little bit of a jumbled mess. Throne of Glass was everything I wanted in a good novel and I am so glad I picked up and now I’m beginning to wonder why it took me so long to pick it up. This book was the reason that I neglected my studies but I can tell you now…it was worth it.

The world building in this novel was flawless and I love the little map at the beginning of the book. I thought this was clever so if I ever got confused as to where everything was I could just refer back to the map, though I very rarely had to do this as it was well descripted. The writing style in this book was one of the first things that grabbed my attention. I usually don’t like 3rd person but the author is such a skilled writer and she was able to pull it off well. So much happens in this book that it needed to be in third person.

I like how this is sort of set in a ‘medieval world’ so everything was proper and the characters spoke very formally but not too formally that you just feel like screaming, “Speak English!” I think the author would have had to do a lot of research and I can tell a lot of time and effort was put into this book and I just want to give a small applause to the author for doing such a wonderful job. The plotline was completely unique and it was just so refreshing reading such an individual storyline. I read it in one sitting and it had me flipping pages into the early hours of the morning. There was never a dull moment in this book and the emotions that it induces while reading is crazy. The suspense, drama, action, romance and intensity of what was going was the perfect recipe to create a good novel.

If you had read my discussion post with Sunny on What makes a good protagonist and antagonist?  you would know what we want in any good main character, well I can tell you now, Celaena just checks off all those points. She was likeable and she never did anything stupid that annoys you throughout the book. Obviously she has her flaws like any character does but these flaws are what make you like her. The character development was spot on and Celaena really grows as a person throughout the book. She had some really funny scenes and the way she interacted with other characters were truly hilarious. She is badass and she makes a really cool heroine.   

Overall I adored this book and it is definitely one of my favourite novels. Now I know what everyone was talking about and it lived up to the hype surrounding it. The ending was well wrapped up and I can’t wait to start Crown of Midnight. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book and I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet. And on a last note, how awesome is the cover?! As always, thanks for reading my review.


  1. Woohoo I knew you would love this one and I'm so glad you did. It really is a awesome novel and Crown of Midnight is even better. Wait till you read it. Great Review :)

  2. Great review Francoise! I LOVE this book too... but, hey, guess what? The sequel is EVEN better! :) I hope you get to read it soon (steal it from Sunny if you have to)!

    1. Haha don't worry I don't have to do any stealing, I got it from Bloomsbury as well. They're very nice!

  3. I love this book!
    It was a beautiful surprise. I'm crazy to put my hands on book two.

  4. I just recently got a copy! I can't wait to get started! I love that everyone's talking about how Celaena is so badass! I do struggle with 3rd person though but I hope that won't be a problem! Great review, dear! :D

  5. Yay Francoise, glad you loved it! I have this one on my shelf to read sometime too, I can't wait to join everyone to see what the hype is about. I haven't read any reviews that mentioned the olden day language yet, sounds like it will be a fun read! Great review, as always.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  6. I can't wait to read this! I got a copy a little while ago, so I'm really excited. So glad you loved it, I can't wait to see what all the hype is about. Great review! :)

  7. Don't hate me but... I didn't LOVE this book. I only liked it, giving it three stars. I just found the pacing a little too slow at times. :( But I've heard such great things about the sequel being better that I'm going to pick it up!

    Great review! :D

  8. I'm looking forward to reading this one! Maybe I'll read it in October, but I'm not sure. I may want to save it for my first break from school in November so I can just read it in one day. I have a feeling I won't want to tear myself away from this book.

    I love the review. :)

  9. Wow, your review make me hunt this book! I need to get a copy!